Surfacing Essentials: 9 Types Of Sports Court Surfaces To Have A Grip On!

Surfacing Essentials: 9 Types Of Sports Court Surfaces To Have A Grip On!

Apart from Disney World, Florida is famous for its football teams and eager fans. Thousands of sports enthusiasts make the Sunshine State their home, as do sport teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But we aren’t here to talk about football, nor anywhere near it; we’re going to talk about surfacing materials for sport courts.

Tennis, basketball, badminton, and gyms are all spaces that involve physical exertion and activity, which calls for sturdy structures, a sound foundation, and traction control contact surfaces. All sports court surfacing materials have their advantages based on location, use, maintenance, and cost. Asphalt surfaces are inexpensive as compared to specialized polymer and acrylic surfacing. 

Here are some kinds of courts and surfacing specific to them that you should know about. It helps not to get tricked when a dodgy surfacing contractor comes your way!

1. Basketball

Outdoor surfacing usually consists of asphalt tarmac with seal coats designed to protect the surface from wear and tear. Indoor courts are shiny types made of polished wood, preferably maple. The texture is smooth, so players need to wear traction control shoes for grip.

2. Badminton

Badminton courts usually utilize wood surfacing protected under a layer of bituminous sealing paint and are highly polished; maple is preferred for the best indoor experience as this wood has an elastic quality. Synthetic mats like PVC and acrylic coats and surfacing are also durable in professional courts. The fun with acrylics is the color customization afforded with use.

3. Tennis

Polyester sports flooring is the most resilient sports surface for tennis. Other materials include synthetic clay, acrylics, turf, and asphalt. Synthetics are suitable for both outdoor and indoor courts. Additional surface protection coats are added for outdoor installations.

4. Fencing

Not really a major American sport, but it is played in some clubs as a combat sport. A conducive rubber surfacing is used for the ‘piste’ or the fencing strip. Other more elaborate surfaces involve finely woven metal mesh mats.

5. Skateparks

Indoor skate parks surfaces are usually wooden, while outdoor parks are installed on-site as pre-fabricated steel and concrete sections. Skatepark surfaces need to be smooth, clean of debris, and sturdy for skateboards to navigate across.

6. Play Grounds

Playgrounds are often unsupervised spaces, unlike the indoor and outdoor courts, so their surfacing needs to be done carefully to add maximum protection for children. For this reason, loose mulch and gravel were a much-preferred surfacing until poured rubber came out. A poured rubber playground surface can last up to a decade without damage! And it makes for a very shock-absorbent surface to protect against injuries.

7. Running Tracks

Modern running tracks are mostly made of synthetic polymer. Asphalt, dirt, and turf are also suitable surfaces, especially turf, providing an ergonomic running surface.

8. Roller Hockey Rinks

Asphalt or cement are the best surfaces, coated with sealant and acrylics layers.

9. Fitness Courts

For indoor purposes, rubber surfacing and sport tiles are universally preferred materials. Outdoor fitness courts employ acrylic surfacing with added UV protection seal coatings.

If you need a residential or commercial court resurfaced, then we’re sure by now you feel pretty confident in our services. Drop by our website for a free quote. The Resource Pavement Group has approximately three decades of experience in tailored paving, sealing, and surfacing solutions across Florida.

Let us know what you need, and we’ll spread a red acrylic carpet for you!