Choosing the Right Gymnasium Floor

For schools, church and other organizations looking to install new or replace old gymnasium flooring, it’s crucial to pick flooring that meets standards for performance, safety, upkeep and durability as well as fits expectations for budget, surface usage and expectations for long-term customer service. Before you invest in a new gym floor, it’s important to know your needs and weigh your options. Asking yourself the right questions will help you find the right athletic flooring for your organization.

In making a decision, most organizations consider three major types of flooring: hardwood flooring, a poured urethane surface or a resilient surface such as Flex Court’s Gym Flex™. Here’s how these gym flooring options stack up:

Hardwood Flooring


  • Classic hardwood look
  • Consistent bounce and play for sports


  • Expensive
  • Not designed to accommodate non-sport related purposes such as meetings, conventions or dances.
  • Needs new clear coating every 10-12 years

Poured Urethane


  • Two-thirds the cost of hardwood flooring
  • Designed to accommodate multiple purposes
  • Durable
  • Available in a wide range of colors and logos


  • Twice the cost of resilient flooring
  • Requires re-surface skim coat after 10 years
  • Wax surface shows skidmarks

Resilient (Flex Court’s Gym Flex)


  • One-third the cost of hardwood floors
  • Designed to accommodate multiple purposes
  • Available in a wide range of colors and logos, including faux wood
  • Flexion surface offers superior shock absorption
  • Heavy gauge surface structure makes it one of the most strongest synthetic floors on the market
  • No wax surface means fewer skidmarks
  • Little to no upkeep

Flex Court’s Gym Flex outperforms the other flooring options in affordability, versatility and performance. To boot, Flex Court offers world-class customer service to assist you through the design and installation process. Contact us today to find out more about Gym Flex.

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5 Responses to Choosing the Right Gymnasium Floor

  1. Gym Floor Covers says:

    Which one of these would you say is better for the environment. It may be a good thing to consider for companies looking for a LEED certification.

  2. Barb hendrix says:

    What flooring has the best safety for children ages 5-11 for active PE classes? Tile flooring scare me with children falling and hitting their head on a tile floor.

    • There are various products that will help with the Gym Floor for elementary schools. Our GymFlex and MapleFlex Pro is a great option that will eliminate the need to remove any current flooring. It is an easy retrofit and with in 2-3 days you will have a floor that will be safe for PE class and the young children playing on the floor. We install a rubber underlayment first, then the court gets installed on top of the rubber which will help with the resiliency and help prevent head injuries. Send in your contact information and we will send you out information and samples.

    • WE have a GymFlex and MapleFlex court surface that is better than the standard of the old Asbestos tile or VCT Tile floor. Our product is safe and will provide a better floor for foot traction and the underlayment we put under the court provide the resiliency to help prevent head injuries. Call us at 800-847-4404 to learn more about our indoor products.

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