Feature Article - July/August 2004
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Special Supplement:
Recreation Management’s Complete Guide to Sports Surfaces and Flooring

By Margaret Ahrweiler


Upfront installation costs often drive flooring decisions. Below is a rundown of average capital costs, including installation, according to product type. These costs can vary according to geographic region and can fluctuate according to the raw materials market.

Type(cost/square foot)
Hardwood Floors
Single sleeper system  $9
Panel system $9 to $10
Anchored system $12 to $14
Indoor Synthetic Surfaces
Interlocking polypropylene tiles $5.25 to $5.75
PVC sheet goods with foam backing/6.5mm to 8mm thick $6.75 to $7.25
Rubber sheet goods/10mm thick  $6.75 to $7.25
Full-pour polyurethane/10mm surface thickness $5.75 to $6.75
Sandwich systems/9mm + 2mm (11mm) thickness $6 to $6.75
Combination Wood and Synthetic System
Panel system subfloor with synthetic top $9 to $13
Anchored system subfloor/synthetic top $11 to $15
Outdoor Synthetic Turf
Two-inch pile height—infilled $4.50 to $5.50
Two-inch pile height infilled with 19mm e-layer $7 to $8
Knitted nylon over closed-cell foam pad $7.50 to $9
Knitted nylon over 19mm e-layer $10 to $10.50
Type(cost/square yard)
Outdoor Running Track Surfaces
1/2-inch black mat poly $17 to $19
1/2-inch black mat with structural spray $22 to $23
1/2-inch sandwich system $35 to $36
1/2-inch full-pour polyurethane system $49 to $50
Sheet goods $58 to $59

Note: Figures are courtesy of Moose Sports Surface in Chicago and reflect 2004 prices.