Sports vinyl provides a high degree of shock absorption, uniformity, and comfort for athletes. It is ideal for basketball, volleyball, pickleball, futsal, and many other applications, but also excels in multipurpose activity facilities. If your area will host not only sports, but conferences, assemblies, and events, a shock absorbing vinyl floor can be an excellent choice. It is most common in K-12 schools, community centers, private athletic centers, and churches. Tarkett Sports’ sports vinyl product is Omnisports.
Vulcanized rubber flooring is comprised of a recycled rubber underlayment with a virgin rubber wear layer on top for color. Durability is a key characteristic. It is engineered to hold up under constant traffic including ice skates and heavy fitness equipment. Vulcanized rubber reduces sound transmission and resists impact from weights, cleats, and skates. Dropzone Flex and Impact are the Tarkett Sports’ rubber flooring for this application.
Recycled Rubber with EPDM
This particular type of rubber flooring is intended for practicality rather than competitive game play. If you are considering flooring options for a weight room or training room, this is the ideal surface. Recycled rubber with EPDM chips is commonly available in easy-to-install rolls or tiles. They are also available in various thicknesses to provide supreme durability and maximum vibration absorption. It can provide the perfect level of support for weights and equipment without showing signs of wear. Dropzone is the Tarkett Sports’ line of rubber flooring for this application.
Polyurethane Pad and Pour
One of the more versatile and durable sports flooring solutions is pad and pour polyurethane. It is suitable for basketball and other indoor activities while standing up to high point loads and rolling loads. If you need a surface for sports that can also withstand heavy equipment, pad and pour polyurethane is an excellent option. It is common in field houses, multipurpose areas and it is the only sports flooring system that is completely seamless. Tarkett Sports’ pad and pour system is Polyturf Plus Pad and Pour, which is manufactured by Tarkett’s Beynon Sports Surfaces.
Maple hardwood is the traditional choice for basketball. There are more hardwood courts than any other type of indoor sports flooring in North America. The prevalence of hardwood makes it preferred for competitive sports as players further their develop in high school, college and beyond. Consideration has to be given to maple hardwood’s environmental conditioning needs, annual maintenance costs, refinishing every 10-15 years, and reduced versatility in multi-activity spaces. Tarkett Sports’ hardwood maple flooring is called ClutchCourt.
Tarkett Sports is leading the way in this category. As a class 1 shock absorbing floor according to ASTM F2772, LinoSport 4.6mm linoleum is ideal for light recreational activities in kindergartens, elementary school gyms, or even gyms that double as cafeterias. It has extreme abrasion resistance and very low maintenance cost. Most importantly, LinoSport linoleum is one of the most sustainable sports flooring options. If environmental sustainability is a key concern and you are working toward a LEED-certified facility, LinoSport is certified Cradle to Cradle® Silver and uses only natural, renewable components.
The area of deformation on point-elastic flooring is much smaller than area-elastic systems; the surrounding areas of the floor remain relatively unchanged by activity in a particular area. Area-elastic floors disperse downward force over a wide surface area, engaging more of the surface area in absorbing and returning energy to the athlete. A Combi-Elastic system combines point-elastic surface properties with an area-elastic substructure. By engaging both types of elasticity, all Lumaflex systems respond to impact both locally and across the wider surface area. As a result of this duel response, they are widely regarded as one of the best sports floors for comfort, safety, multi-use, and sports performance.