Most educators agree that sports and physical fitness are just as important as academic learning, and the earlier students start, the better. A growing number of schools, colleges and universities are building indoor gymnasiums so that students can train, play, and engage in PE (physical education) programs regardless of weather conditions. However, selecting the right school gym flooring is absolutely essential.

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Safety

Safety is paramount when selecting a flooring material. For instance, rubber flooring is a great option for children since it is soft and elastic and will offer protection to their joints when they fall down. However, this material can also be useful for older children as well as high school and college level students since it provides outstanding shock absorption and will boost an athlete’s performance while reducing the likelihood of injury. An alternative to rubber is vinyl which is cushioned, since it reduces noise and is comfortable to play on because of its cushioning and acoustic layer.

Longevity

The longer a flooring material lasts, the more desirable it is, since it doesn’t have to be frequently replaced and money will be saved as a result. A sports floor made from timber wood which is maintained properly can last over half a century. Vinyl material is also prized for its durability and will resist both indentation and scratches. Since the surfaces are non-porous and smooth it can be maintained with ease and doesn’t have to be buffed or polished regularly.

Cost

Determining the exact cost of gym floor installation can be challenging. The reason is because it depends on the size of the facility and the material that will be used, among other factors. Polyurethane and rubber flooring are frequently used in schools and are widely chosen because they are affordable, and the price for timber will depend on the variant which is selected.

However, it is important to remember that the material that works for primary school may not be suitable for high school or college gyms. Another factor that will influence the cost is the level of preparation that is needed. For instance, vinyl installation has to be level, so its installation cost will vary for both refurbishment and new installation. Some flooring materials can be placed above existing concrete or wood which saves money since the older materials doesn’t have to be removed.

Additional Things to Consider

Will the flooring only be reserved for students and faculty members or the community at large? What are the priorities for the court line? Additionally, schools or educational institutions which plan on competing in regional, national or international competitions must meet specific certifications when it comes to their flooring material. Common mistakes which should be avoided when maintaining gym flooring include applying masking tape as it damages the surface, displaying excessive game lines or not using a uniform line code system, installing vents near ground level and not having a specific maintenance plan.

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