A sport such as a basketball game requires very little for the players to enjoy. All a player needs is a ball, a hoop, and a flat surface. But the flat surface can have an impact on how the player plays the game. A basketball surface or court must provide good traction for the player, the best bounce for the ball, and durability.
Many basketball players compete on basketball courts made of solid hardwood. A basketball floor made of hardwood is smooth, provides a consistent bounce and an unobstructed surface. But not all basketball floors offer the same features. The surface depends on the specific needs of a basketball court and its location, whether outdoor or indoor. Let’s look at some of the best basketball floors.
Solid hardwood court
Solid hardwood basketball flooring is the most popular type in many basketball courts. Professional basketball players and collegiate leagues compete in basketball courts made of hardwood floors. A solid hardwood floor is a dense wood with very fine fibers making it less susceptible to splintering. The wood also features a tightly to provide a smooth surface without any room for dirt or debris to hide. Due to that, solid hardwood basketball courts are very durable and require only little maintenance. You will find it in many NCAA arenas and NBA stadiums. But hardwood is best for indoor courts rather than outdoor courts. That is because external weather elements such as sun and rain can damage the wood surface and cause it to warp.
Many basketball players will tell you that they learned the game on outdoor basketball courts. Outdoor courts provide plenty of room for many players to practice, such as those in community parks, driveways, or neighborhood streets. Asphalt remains the most commonly used type of outdoor basketball courts because of its ability to withstand harsh weather elements. It is a strong type of flooring, but it is susceptible to chips, cracks, and other surface imperfections with time. It is also unforgiving in injuries as it can lead to scrapes, cuts, or worse.
Like asphalt, concrete flooring is suitable for outdoor basketball courts due to its ability to withstand harsh weather elements and its strength. Many outdoor community parks for basketball use this type of flooring.
Some companies produce multipurpose plastic flooring for basketball floors. But the construction begins with a smooth slab of concrete material to provide a strong foundation. Then it is followed by another surface of polypropylene which is snapped together in any design or shape. The plastic surface has benefits such as less skin abrasions in cases of falls, good traction, and reliable ball bounce. It can withstand the rigors of basketball games or other sports such as soccer, tennis, hockey, and volleyball. Multipurpose courts can be customized to suit different features, such as installing the floor in different colors to match players’ uniforms and other style preferences. Also, they can be installed in indoor or outdoor courts.
Other multipurpose courts incorporate advanced features to improve playability and responsiveness. For instance, adding a rubber layer between the concrete slab and the polypropylene plastic surface for shock and sound absorption.
A court’s floor largely depends on the location of the court, whether indoor or outdoor and the court’s specific needs.