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Sports Surfaces

Sports and recreation surfaces are as varied as the activities that take place upon them.

Like other specialty courts, a lot of scientific and biomechanical research is the foundation for the construction, installation and care of sports and recreation surfaces. Because of the amount of activity that typically takes place on this flooring, reliable surfaces are often highly tested and constructed specifically to account for stresses to the human body. Special impact-absorbing material is needed, as well as the creation of an environment that does not dent, scar or tear. All of this is coupled with traditional flooring materials to create a system that can withstand the demands of its users. Safety and comfort are equally important aspects to consider for a sports or recreational floor as is the floor’s performance.

Sports and recreation flooring can be:

  • Backyard Courts
  • Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • Gymnasium Flooring
  • Roller Hockey
  • Deck/Patio/Pool
  • Aerobic Facilities
  • Weight Rooms

Most likely locations to have the need for a sports and/or recreational flooring systems include:

  • Recreation Centers
  • Municipal Complexes
  • Parks
  • K-12 Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporate Campuses
  • Private Social Clubs
  • Athletic Clubs
  • High-end Residential Homes
  • Special Events

Sports and recreation surfaces are most frequently made of wood, synthetic materials, asphalt and/or rubber. Environmentally safe materials, such as recycled rubber and other natural resources, can be often used. For hardwood flooring, sustainable forestry practices are often employed.

What to look for in a sports or recreation floor:

  • Installation parameters and requirements
  • Durability
  • Performance statistics
  • Materials construction
  • Maintenance standards
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