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Indoor or Outdoor Sports Flooring: What to Choose?

Indoor or Outdoor Sports Flooring: What to Choose?

According to statistics, over 40% of male adults and roughly 32% percent of female adults play sport, so it’s important that teams have an appropriate place to train and play. Sports can be physically demanding on the body and the flooring chosen can have a direct impact on players getting injured if it isn’t quite right. One of the best ways to reduce the chances of injury is to get the right type of sports flooring.

If you’re looking at the best sport flooring cover to choose, it can be tricky to know what to pick. With so many different options on the market it can be a minefield. Whether you’re looking for an indoor flooring for a sports hall, university college or leisure centre, you’ll want one that will be able to withstand the wear and tear of training sessions. If outside, you’ll want one that will withstand any adverse weather conditions

From the coating to the marking of the sports floor, it is important to call on a specialist in the installation of the floor to obtain a durable and resistant result.

What Type of Flooring Do I Need?

Whilst for some sports you will need to provide a standardised pitch (for example football pitches need to be wholly naturally or in some cases wholly artificial), for general sports halls it comes down to personal preference and durability.

To help you choose your flooring, we’ve summarized our top picks for indoor and outdoor sports pitches.

1. Indoor Sports Flooring: Resin Coatings

Epoxy and polyurethane resins are the ideal sports flooring for a gymnasium and meet the resistance requirements for training sessions and sports competitions. As a smooth surface, the resin is perfect for guaranteeing a perfectly flat pitch, ideal for all ball sports where a false bounce is to be avoided at all costs. The absence of joints and the watertightness of the resin facilitate the maintenance of the sports surface, making it a practical and durable choice.

If you’re looking for a good all-rounder, then a resin coated floor offers a great performance surface. Non-slip and cushioned, it can be used for most sports, including sprinting hockey, basketball and indoor football.

 2. Outdoor Sports Surfaces

Many sports are played outside in all weathers, so they must be durable enough to withstand the elements whilst still allowing high performance playing. The two main types are track and field surfaces and artificial turf.

Traditionally, track and field surfaces are made using recycled rubber, and are known for being kinder on joints such as knees and ankles for their shock absorbing properties.

For outdoor sports such as football, artificial turf remains a popular choice. It gives the same look as grass but without the maintenance.

Whilst both are good options, you will need to ensure they are properly marked before you can play competitively. The easiest way to mark out your court is by using floor paint. Used for road markings or industrial floor signage, these paints are applied by roller or spray are ideal as outdoor sports coatings with an aesthetic and durable finish.

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