Purchasing and installing new gym flooring in your facility is a huge investment. Not only do you want to make sure your floor lasts, but you want to love the way it looks and performs. Whether you’re choosing a new gym floor for an elementary school multi-purpose room or designing the newest NBA court, you’ll find yourself asking the same questions during the decision-making process.

These four suggestions will help you properly prepare to ask the right questions about your new floor. Use them as a resource to make sure you install the perfect gym floor for your needs and wants.

What sports and activities will be played on the floor?

This is easily the most important question you should ask. This question should come up before planning on the floor even begins, and will be the basis of all the decisions you make afterwards. While this question may seem obvious and unnecessary, it’s often easy to overlook just how many activities you can run on a single gym floor.

A basketball court doesn’t have to just be for basketball. Depending on the size of your space, you can add game lines for just about any sport. Game lines can also overlap each other, and different colors can be used to tell them apart.

Abacus has installed courts with game lines for hopscotch, Awana, and even foursquare. Many of our floors are now amazing multi-purpose facilities because our customers asked themselves this question before the planning phase. If you ask yourself this question before everything else, you can be sure to get the most bang for your buck.

Abacus Padenpor basketball court floor in a recreation center and camp gym

Who will be using your new gym flooring?

The next big question to ask is who will be playing or running activities on the floor? Different age groups require different sports flooring to accommodate their body sizes and abilities. An elementary school gym wouldn’t require the same material that a high school would, and a high school wouldn’t require the same as an NBA court would.

The different sizes, shapes, and abilities of the athletes performing on your floor will have a large effect on what type of flooring you choose. Also, consider what performance characteristics are most important for your facility. Is it ball rebound? Shock absorption? Injury protection? All of these factors come into play when choosing your new floor.

Sports vinyl basketball court floor in a middle school gym

What design are you looking for?

The design of your floor is a huge factor in your decision-making process. What type of material do you want to use? Are you looking at classic maple hardwood? Maybe you just want to mimic the look of hardwood with a cost-effective sports vinyl floor. You could want the seamless look of a pad and pour urethane floor. The choice is yours.

Abacus’ Padenpor™ flooring system offers a great selection of floor and game line colors. We also offer custom color options so that you can match your school or organization’s logo. Tarkett’s omnisports vinyl series also offers a wide variety of color and wood design options. Your floor is going to be in your facility for years to come, it should look exactly the way you want.

Abacus Padenpor basketball court floor in an elementary school gym

Who’s going to install your new gym flooring?

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have while planning for your new gym floor is who you’ll trust to install it. You’ll want a company with years of industry practice, expert installation knowledge, and experience in many different facilities and sports. For your investment, you want to go with the best.

Abacus has been installing gym flooring across the United States since 1991. We’re a leader in innovation in the industry. We’ve installed floors for as many sports or activities as you can think of, and our experts are always available to answer any questions you may have (including these four).

If you’re looking for someone to install new gym flooring for your facility, give us a call at 800-821-4557 or email us at install@abacussports.com.