Choosing the right gym flooring comes down to a lot more than just the color of the half court lines. For many gyms, the decision between hardwood flooring and synthetic flooring is a tough one. If you have a multi-purpose area, synthetic floors might be the right option for you. Synthetic floors are applicable for a variety of uses, including gymnasiums, workout rooms, running tracks, and more.
Synthetic floors are often a great choice for elementary schools, who utilize gyms less for athletic training and more as multi-use areas. Elementary and middle schools that use physical education spaces for other purposes- such as a lunch room, an auditorium, a meeting hall- benefit greatly from the ease of maintenance that comes from synthetic floors.
Unlike wood floors, which need to be methodically maintained and cared for to prevent scratches, synthetic floors can withstand high traffic from conversions between lunchroom tables and mobile basketball hoops.
Pad and pour synthetic floors are some of the most common types of synthetic floors. Pad and pours are seamless polyurethane poured over a layer of sheet rubber. The underlying sheet rubber can be of different thickness depending on the type of facility and level of shock absorption needed. Pad and pour flooring is a great choice for multipurpose spaces such as indoor gyms. The polyurethane is seamless and non-porous, making it easy to clean and maintain. Pad and pour synthetic floors provide the same slide characteristics as a wood gym floor.
One of the best things about pad and pour synthetic floors is their lifespan. Because a typical pad and pour is a thin layer of polyurethane over a rubber subfloor, refinishing is as simple as sanding down the polyurethane and pouring another layer. Your pad and pour synthetic floor will last you as long as your building does, requiring a refinishing about once every 15-20 years.
Rubber is another common type of synthetic flooring. Rubber usually comes in either rolls or tiles, depending on type of facility. Rubber typically has better grip, preventing sliding, making it the preferred choice for a running surface. Rubber is a great option for exercise rooms and other spaces that require softer flooring. Vulcanized rubber is extremely durable and sustainable and can be used for different track applications.
Vinyl is an option for someone looking for the look of real wood without the cost. Vinyl flooring is incredibly durable, making it a great option for areas with high traffic.
Anderson Ladd provides installation and maintenance on all of your gymnasium floors. Regular maintenance helps you extend the longevity of your investment. Our flooring experts will help you create a maintenance schedule that fits into your time and budget.