Guest Column - April 2009
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Multipurpose Flooring

Optimize Your Flooring

By Patricia Basileo


rom creating vases in ceramics class to centering one's chi during Tae Kwon Do, multipurpose facilities require flooring to accommodate intense competition, methodical practice and leisure activities. As multipurpose facility flooring must combat never-ending traffic and provide adequate support, it is imperative for specifiers to understand the need for a high-performance solution adaptable to multiple activities.

Multipurpose Facility Checklist

Often a single room in a facility will accommodate many activities, from dance to martial arts to conditioning classes, while other rooms may house athletic tournaments or training camps. Mapping out the exact activities the floor supports will greatly assist in determining the type of flooring a space requires.

If multiple activities are being held in a single space, it is recommended that a loose-laid vinyl floor—one that can be removed periodically or as necessary—be installed. Other options for a more permanent solution might be a hardwood-surfaced floor. Regardless of type, the flooring must feature slip-resistant qualities to ensure the safety of those utilizing the floor. Versatile, high-performance flooring is a favorite choice for multipurpose areas as it aids in noise reduction, safety and easy maintenance.

When choosing a multipurpose flooring solution, there are several factors that help determine the correct choice:

  • What is the budget for the space?
  • How large is the room or performance space?
  • Which type of sub-floor exists in the space?
  • What preparation is required to ready the existing floor for the new installation?
  • Will the installation be permanent, or will it need to be removed occasionally?