When it comes to selecting the right sports flooring, materials matter.

Let’s review how material choices affect sports performance, upkeep, appearance, and other factors. Sports flooring isn’t a one-size-fits-all product. There are different flooring types depending on your need, and knowing the material characteristics of each flooring type can help you find the surface that’s right for you.

SPORTS VINYL, FOR YOUR EVERY NEED

Ideal for nearly all indoor sports, conference spaces, assemblies, and other indoor events, shock absorbing vinyl floors are a perfect choice, You’ll find this flooring in K-12 schools, community centers, multi-purpose collegiate gyms, and churches. Part of what makes sports vinyl so great is that it offers relatively high shock absorption and less upkeep. To explore our wide range of sports vinyl thicknesses and colors, check out our Omnisports products.

POLYURETHANE, FOR ENDLESS DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES

Seamless and extremely durable under heavy loads, pour polyurethane is a great choice in a gym that needs versatility. Polyurethane floors also provide for a lot of flexibility in overall design in flooring system. While poured polyurethane generally has slightly less shock absorption than hardwood or sports vinyl, it’s a great option for multi-purpose applications. Tarkett Sports offers polyurethane in our Polyturf Plus Pad and Pour.

HARDWOOD, THE CLASSIC FIT

Oftentimes, programs choose hardwood flooring to stay in-line with traditional sports surfacing. Did you know there are more hardwood courts than any other type of sports flooring in North America? While hardwood courts are considered classic and standard in many areas, be sure to give consideration to a maple hardwood’s environmental needs, annual maintenance costs, refinishing requirements every 10-15 years, and restrictions on terms of multi-activity spaces. Check out Tarkett Sports’ hardwood flooring system ClutchCourt.

SPORTS LINOLEUM, AN ECO FRIENDLY OPTION

Ideal for light recreational activities in kindergartens, elementary school gyms, or even gyms that double as cafeterias, linoleum is an extremely sustainable sports flooring option. It has extreme abrasion resistance and very low maintenance cost. At Tarkett Sports, LinoSport linoleum flooring is certified Cradle to Cradle® Silver and uses only natural, renewable components.

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