Maple hardwood is the traditional choice for basketball. There are more hardwood courts than any other type of indoor sports flooring. The prevalence of hardwood makes it preferred for competitive sports; coaches and teams want to play on the same type of surface at home and away….

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When it comes to your building project, objectivity is crucial. Without independent testing standards to evaluate building materials, good decisions become nearly impossible. Imagine if each manufacturer had its own method of determining performance characteristics or its own definitions of…

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Depending on how it responds to an athlete, a sports floor can be classified based on its elasticity. The most common types of elasticity are area-elastic or point-elastic. The key difference relates to the relative area of deflection when a downward force is applied to the surface. For instance,…

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In areas designated for sports and recreation, it is important to judge a floor by the characteristics that optimize it for physical activities. This is where ASTM F2772 comes in. ASTM F2772 measures four key factors regarding safety and suitability for sports activities. These factors are:…

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When making a purchasing decision, it is important to know and understand the third-party certifications that apply to indoor sports flooring. These certifications can help simplify complex issues such as environmental impact or indoor air quality and also serve as an objective source of…

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There are a lot of considerations in choosing a sports floor, but one factor that should not be overlooked is indoor air quality. Indoor sports facilities are places for athletic competition, but they are also places that promote health through physical activity. For that reason, creating a…

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GreenLay is a unique installation method for resilient sports flooring that is exclusive to Tarkett Sports’ Omnisports 7.1mm, 9.4mm, and 12mm. It is 98% adhesive-free, tolerates moisture conditions up to 92% relative humidity per ASTM F2170, and saves costs relative to a moisture barrier. With…

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ISOLATION OF THE SPORTS SURFACE: Tarkolay mitigates adverse conditions by separating the sports surface from the subfloor. Through isolation, an imperfect subfloor is less likely to affect the integrity of the surface installation.

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William Thornton has 36 years experience in the flooring industry. He is an educator, installer, and both residential and commercial contractor. Classically trained by many manufacturers for resilient, carpet, porcelain, ceramic, natural stone, wood, and other flooring surfaces.

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