Everybody wants to be a Floor Man but nobody wants to do Floor Man Sh*t
REASONS TO HIRE A SPORT FLOORING PROFESSIONAL #1:
A Flooring Professional should know these options. Depending on your project each product could benefit your facility. Here is some information on the products to give you an idea of what can be accomplished with each.
In the evolution of sports flooring for weight rooms, an early and still viable choice is/was horse mats you get from the local tractor supply store. If all you want and need is some horse mats, you and your staff can probably pull this off on a long weekend. Horse mats are adequate to protect your concrete, but they are usually not fixed to the concrete. That means dirt and small animals can get stuck in the seams, so they aren’t the most hygienic choice. Plus, they will move over time and use. This creates a disarrayed look and an unsafe condition. They also are very dense, so they don’t provide impact reduction during athletic movements.
These are available on the internet, DIY stores, and local floor outlets. Why? Because they are easy to install. Start with a chalk line, a knife, a straightedge and some patience, and you can install this. You and your crew with a free weekend (or week depending on your numbers and ability) can pull this off.
This is where it starts getting difficult if you don’t have flooring experience. This type of product is going to be supplied on the internet, by your equipment company, or a flooring professional. These are usually doweled together with a plastic pin (dowel) and require a lot of muscle to move and install. They are difficult to cut and slam together to get a quality installation, even for good local flooring guys. Consider a sports flooring professional for this one.
Rolled rubber is another “need experience” product. The better products in this category will take on a seamless appearance if properly installed and will provide years of durable service. Rolled rubber should be fully adhered. Sometimes it is installed with tape, but fully bonded to the floor with proper adhesive is best for a quality, durable installation.
This takes some expertise. Floor prep is key, the rolls are heavy to move and fit properly, there is adhesive to trowel, and it is tough to cut. Get a flooring guy or a sport flooring professional.
This is becoming to desire of a lot of the strength community. The systems are usually 1” thick or more, come in a variety of colors, and offer the most design choices. This is the system where sport performance, durability, team building and branding all come together. Inlaid platforms, drop zones, graphics, plyometric areas, and inlaid training enhancements all play a part in the flow of your facility.
This is beyond the capability of any but a sport flooring professional. Let them help with your design and construction if this is what your facility demands.
If you have a project that needs a sports flooring professional, please feel free to contact us. SPEC athletic is your sports flooring resource.