An indoor sports hall floor must have the correct properties to ensure the safety of its users as well as be suitable for sports purposes. So you need to make sure your sports hall flooring installation is up to code! There are a variety of sports hall floors available for installation, all with different qualities, so every aspect of its use must be considered when choosing a floor. But what are the different qualities and how do they impact the floor?
Friction is an important factor to consider when installing new flooring, especially if it is going to be used for sports with rapid foot movement such as basketball. The ideal friction rating is between 80 and 110 and can be measured through many different methods. A rating below 80 will make the flooring too smooth, increasing the risk of injury through slipping. A rating above 110 will make the flooring too rough, making it more difficult for users to move across the floor, especially when wearing rubber-soled shoes. Depending on the utilisation of the sports hall, you might want to consider a specific friction rating to accommodate the use of the room.
A rolling load is a maximum weight a floor can withstand in terms of a load moving over the surface. This could be trolleys, retractable seating or other sports equipment. In sports halls where there is seating for sports events or assemblies, you should consider the rolling load of the floor to ensure it can withstand the weight safely. This can be tested to understand the maximum weight the floor can hold, which should be at least 1,500 N (approx. 150 kgs).
Vertical deformation relates to the way a floor flexes when exposed to a dynamic load such as a trolley, seating or high impact sports. This is important concerning rolling load and shock absorption, the floor needs to be able to adjust to avoid damage or injury to users. Again, this can be assessed using various tests to see the floor’s vertical deformation in millimetres when exposed to a dynamic load/impact such as light jogging.
A sports hall floor must have shock absorption qualities to reduce the risk of injury. This is especially important in high impact sports such as basketball, where a player must jump and land safely on the floor – a floor without good shock absorption qualities will cause a higher impact on the user’s legs when landing, increasing the risk of injury. This quality can be measured by testing the percentage of impact energy absorbed upon impact, e.g. landing a jump.
Finally, a good ball bounce is crucial for any flooring being used for ball sports such as tennis, basketball, netball, etc. A good ball bounce controls the speed of the game, as well as improves the ball control. This is especially important when considering professional sporting events, where all aspects of gameplay should adhere to specific guidelines. This can be measured through testing to show the rebound achieved by the floor as a percentage of the rebound measured on a concrete surface.
What sports hall floor systems does Courtship Flooring provide?
At Courtship Flooring, we provide a range of sports hall flooring to suit different needs. This could be specific to sport, rolling load requirements, low build height, or underfloor heating. We can find the right flooring for you, in different styles and finishes, including:
Wooden sports flooring tends to be the most popular choice, as it is versatile and durable. There are options to customise the look and style of wooden sports flooring to suit the room’s specific needs. Vinyl, linoleum and PU floorings are more modern options and generally have better shock absorption qualities.
To discuss the installation of your new sports hall flooring, feel free to give us a call on 01823 674562 or visit our contact page.