Jun 08, 2012 15:49 SGT This question often arises. Is wood flooring suitable for dance studios, gyms and ballroom despite the fact that solid timber flooring requires a lot of work and cost in terms of maintenance and upkeep? Well, it is up to the dance studio owner to decide which flooring options is best for them. However in most cases. the dance studio owner may consider using sports timber instead of solid wood.
Sports Floor & Dance Floor ~ Standard Performance RequirementsJun 15, 2012 13:31 SGT
Whether it is the flooring for a sports center, a multi purpose hall, a dance studio or dance ballroom, choosing a good quality sports floor product is of utmost importance for the property owner. Before deciding on a good quality performance flooring product for your sports hall or dance studio, you may have to look at these following standard requirements.
Softness of Flooring
Good quality sports wood tend to be 'soft' on the inside but hard on the outside. Look for requirements that are certified by renowned worldwide sports organisation such as WIBA and FIBA. Sports wood that are soft on the inside not only can enhance performance, it also helps reduces the impact cause by falls or slips. Falls and slips are part and parcel of any vigorous sports such as basketball or volleyball, hence good quality sports flooring helps to prevent or minimize the worsening of injury from falls or slips during the game. Hence therefore, give the sports hall or dance studio owner a "peace of mind' by providing protection for its atheletes or dancers from minor injuries.
Constant running and exercising on the flooring will result in wear and tear in the long run. Hence, a good quality sports wood flooring must have a high amount of durability on the surfaces as well as the flooring as a whole. Maple and Oak are two of the common wood species used for sports flooring manufacturing, this is because they are consider as one of the durable and hard timber species in the world. Hence, it is often recommended to be installed in high vigorous traffic areas such as the sports hall center and dance studio especially if you are talking about tap dancing in this case.
Sound of Impact
The sound of impact on the sports flooring should generally has a dampening rhythm; good performance flooring absorb shock easily and hence sound produced will be cushioned as a result. On top of that, property owners may need to source for credible flooring contractors who has in-house experienced sports wood flooring installers who would make sure the right installation method is executed on the flooring. Good installation will therefore reduced the possibility of "hollow" sound of the flooring and therefore giving the atheletes and dancers a full concentration on their performance.
Texture of Floor
A good quality performance sports flooring surface should not be 'sticky' or slippery. Sticky flooring will tend to cause potential accidents on the atheletes such as unbalanceness or twisted ankles. While a slippery flooring may cause potential sliding and falls from the atheletes or dancer. Hence, the property owner may need to ask the flooring contractor for the right and certified test reports and requirements of a good quality sports floor.
There are standard colors for sports flooring that are approved by worldwide sports associations. Hence, always check with your contractor whether they have the right sports floor specification and color that are approved for sports hall. This is all the more, very important when it comes to indoor sports court flooring.
In summary, go for the right sports flooring material that is required and certified by global sports association when you are making a sports floor that is used for international competition. No matter what brand or type of flooring you may choose for your sports hall or dance studio, safety must always be your number one concern.