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The Complete Lowdown of Basketball Floors

Discover how people are using rubber for basketball courts.

By Julia Nass

Rubber Flooring for Basketball

Rubber flooring is a common, popular choice for many different sports, especially weight lifting and exercise rooms. It is dense, has a ton of traction and can withstand heavy equipment and intense usage. However, one rarely sees a rubber basketball floor. Why is that?

Traction
For one thing, basketball courts need just the right amount of traction. Too much traction and athletes are hindered. Too little traction and players lose control. Most rubber products provide too much friction for players to be able to move about freely. With all the stopping, starting and cutting that goes on, too much traction can be almost as dangerous as none.

Shoes
Another less obvious reason is the way floor surfaces interact with basketball shoes. Athletes must protect their feet and joints by choosing supportive shoes that bode well with the flooring surface. Shoes last longer and are more protective when kept clean and new. A rubber basketball court chews up standard basketball shoes, gets them dirty and wears them out much more quickly than other surfaces do.

Surface-related Injuries
Overall, rubberized surfaces can do more to increase basketball-related injuries than to protect players from them. In addition to the ankle sprains, knee sprains and stubbing that can occur because there's too much traction, rubber flooring for basketball typically does not provide enough give to be supportive of joint and limb health. In order for a rubber basketball court to provide enough bounce for the basketball, it would have to be extremely dense. Thus, a rubber basketball floor would be hard like concrete. Hard surfaces without give can lead to ''jumper's knee'' or problems with the with the patella, which connects the kneecap to the shin bone.

What Is the Ideal Basketball Floor?
Clearly, rubber flooring for basketball is not ideal. If a rubber basketball court isn't the way to go, then what is? Classic materials for a basketball court include wood for indoor play and concrete for outdoor. Wood is the standard choice for college and professional basketball, especially maple, which provides the right amount of traction, bounce and flexibility. These days, however, there are more and more surface options. Different synthetic materials are fabulous for basketball courts or multi-purpose sport courts.

Modular Tiles
In particular, interlocking sport court tiles have grown in popularity. These tiles are typically constructed of a durable plastic material designed to withstand heavy loads. Sport court tiles are often a more economic basketball flooring choice because they can be easily assembled by hand. Plus, the user has all of the creative freedom. With interlocking sport court tiles, one can choose from a variety of fun colors, and it is simple to construct the floor to fit any desired area.

For example, one of Greatmats' most popular modular sport court tile is the Court Floor Tile Flat Top. These tiles connect with a unique tab and loop connecting system that are extremely tight fitting and will not come apart over time. Yet, they are a breeze to assemble and disassemble. Putting tiles together is as easy as lining them up and snapping them into place. Court Floor Tiles are designed and tested to handle over 10,000 pounds per square foot of static weight, so there is no need to worry about tiles breaking. Plus, they come in black, white, grey and red and can be painted with court lines. Court Floor Flat Top tiles are just one example of Greatmats' many awesome court floor tiles.

Where Rubber Comes Into Play
With any interlocking, modular tile, it is important to take advantage of a subfloor. That is where rubber comes in for the win. Rubber rolls are the perfect basketball floor subsurface. Rubber can provide cushion, which ultimately improves the safety of athletes. Plus, it acts as sound insulation and lowers the high levels of noise on a basketball court. Clearly, a completely rubber basketball floor is no good, but it does wonders underneath the surface of any indoor basketball court.

Greatmats offers a wide variety of rubber products that make top-notch basketball court underlayment. Customers can choose from both rubber rolls and rubber interlocking tiles, all of which come in a range of thicknesses and densities. A few things are the same across the board for Greatmats' rubber products: each basketball floor subsurface is extremely long-lasting, tough and affordable. Some customer favorites include Black Rubber Flooring Rolls and Plyometric Rubber Flooring Rolls.

Other Basketball Court Options
Greatmats sells a variety of high-quality, affordable sports court flooring in addition to the best possible basketball court underlayment. Popular products include interlocking sport court tiles, padded vinyl rolls, and outdoor perforated sports tiles. All of Greatmats' products come in different shapes, colors, sizes and costs so customers can always find the perfect fit. You can check out all of Greatmats' sport court flooring options at Greatmats.com. There, you will also find the assistance and support you need to make your dream court become a reality.
For more on this topic please review our Rubber Flooring All Types product page.