Sports Flooring – Factoring in Lifecycle Costs

Sports Flooring – Factoring in Lifecycle Costs

Calculating a sports floor lifecycle cost is an important part of the product selection process. It involves a combination of factors; installation, maintenance and refinishing.

Whether an operator of a professional area, college field house, community center or church multi-purpose room, the question is “How much is the sports floor going to cost me in the long run?”

Here’s a brief comparison of a variety of sports surfacing options:

Maple Hardwood

  • Traditional choice for basketball
  • Wide variety of system constructions, usually an initial higher cost
  • Floor protection is necessary for multi-use applications
  • Annual recoating and periodic refinishing required
  • Daily dust mopping
  • HVAC monitoring for humidity
  • Expected lifespan 38 years

Sports Vinyl

  • High degree of shock absorption and uniformity
  • Ideal for basketball, volleyball and other activities
  • Excels in multi-use applications, no need for surface protection
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Weekly and biweekly cleaning with solution and scrubber

Sport Linoleum

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Excellent surface for combination systems, no need for surface protection
  • Easy to repair and maintain
  • Unique patterns and colors
  • Weekly and biweekly cleaning with solution and scrubber
  • Expected lifespan up to 50 years

Pad & Pour Polyurethane

  • Field constructed seamless surface
  • Multifunctional floor, no need for surface protection
  • Withstands high point loads and rolling loads
  • Accommodates heavy equipment
  • Appearance typically wears out before material
  • Polyurethane spray every 10 years

Vulcanized Rubber

  • Recycled underlayment with virgin rubber surface
  • Multifunctional floor, no need for surface protection
  • Spike or skate resistance in certain thicknesses
  • Durable under heavy equipment, even vehicles
  • Less suitable for basketball than vinyl or hardwood
  • Easy to repair and maintain
  • Harder to keep clean due to high grip
  • Expected lifespan 10 years

Combination System

  • Very high levels of shock absorption and more uniformity
  • Ideal for aerobics, basketball, volleyball and other activities
  • Multifunctional floor, no need for surface protection
  • Regular dust mopping
  • Weekly or biweekly cleaning with solution and scrubber
  • Polyurethane spray every 3-5 years

Lifecycle costs of a sports floor depend on a many factors including installation costs, routine and periodic maintenance, expected life span and cost of refurbishment or replacement.

Type of Sports Flooring Multi-Use Applications Installation Routine and Periodic Maintenance Refinishing Expected lifespan
Maple Hardwood Traditional basketball, floor protection required for other uses Higher initial cost
$10-12/sq ft
Annual recoating, daily dust mopping, HVAC monitoring for humidity Periodic, average every 10 years, average cost of $11,000, engineered 10-15 years 38 years
Sports Vinyl Basketball, volleyball, other $6-9/sq ft Weekly, biweekly Varies by manufacturer,
Sports Linoleum Combination Unique Patterns and Colors
$4.50-$8
Up to 50 years
Pad & Pour Polyurethane Combination, withstands high point loads and heavy equipment Field constructed, seamless surface- $7-10/sq ft Appearance typically wars out before material 10-15 years
Vulcanized Rubber Durable under heavy equipment, even vehicles. Less suitable for basketball $9-14 sq ft Spike or skate resistance in certain thicknesses 10 years
Combination Ideal for aerobics, basketball, volleyball and other activities $12-15/sq ft