A look at Castle Floors’ timber floors for indoor sports and games

Timber floors image by Alex Dvihally (via Shutterstock).

A timber floor with multiple markings for use with more than one sport. Image by Alex Dvihally (via Shutterstock).

Nothing acts as a better shock absorber for indoor sports better than timber floors. Properly maintained and installed, they can offer many hours of enjoyment in schools, gymnasia, sports clubs, and community centres. We at Castle Floors can help you with installation, maintenance, and restoration.

In the sports hall, timber floors come with battens, which allow for a sprung effect whilst play is in progress. They allow for three point hoop shots, high speed volleys and a robust surface for anyone sports enthusiast or professional. With battens, an additional layer of hardwood strips supports the top wooden floor. This is known as area elastic.

With elastic floors, plywood sheets or joists may be added instead of hardwood strips. The top timber floors can be composite tiles on composite sheets, or wood veneers on engineered softwood boards. For each floor, all wood types need to be chosen carefully for a uniform look.

In sports halls, popular types of wood for timber floors are Oak, Maple, and Beech. These are chosen for strength as well as their light colour.

Most importantly, they need to be properly maintained for continued use. They should be sanded and resealed every five years. As standard, a DPM (Damp-proof Membrane) is applied. Moisture is a most formidable and unforgiving opponent.

Floors for Indoor Sports

Sport England’s Floors for Indoor Sports is a most valuable source of design guidance notes. These cover sports venues, school halls and gymnasia, and community centres. There are more technical details in this pamphlet that go beyond our article. To download the pamphlet, just click here.

Castle Floors, 15 June 2017.