Sports halls are fun places, but they also need to be safe places, and flooring plays the biggest role in ensuring a safe play environment. There are three main types of sports hall flooring to choose from: polyurethane, vinyl and hardwood. We’ll run through the differences between these below to help you choose the right sports hall flooring for your sports hall:


This is the traditional material for a sports hall. Hardwood is extremely hard-wearing, and it looks great. It’s finished with a clear lacquer which can be buffed after every use to bring the shine back. It can also have markings and patterns.

We are a leading supplier of Robbins hardwood flooring. Robbins is the brand used for basketball courts in the NBA. The quality is exceptional, and the finish is designed for a life of sports. These floors last in excess of 30 years.


Polyurethane or PU floors are made from polyurethane plastic. This floor is softer than hardwood and more elastic for greater impact absorption. However, it offers very similar performance to hardwood for ball and court games.

Polyurethane sports hall flooring is cheaper than hardwood flooring, but it is by no means the poorer product. Schools are increasingly choosing polyurethane because it offers similar performance at a lower price.


Vinyl flooring is polyurethane flooring finished with a PVC vinyl top. The PVC can be formulated with different elasticities for different performance characteristics. For example, it can be as hard as wood or as soft as rubber.

Vinyl is a popular choice in sports halls that require different levels of elasticity in different areas (for example, for indoor badminton courts and basketball courts). The vinyl is installed in stages, allowing different areas to suit different sports.

Which type of sports hall flooring is best?

The traditional choice is hardwood, but you can’t go wrong with a polyurethane floor. If you require specific elasticities, then you should choose a vinyl floor. We are a leading supplier of hardwood, polyurethane and vinyl sports hall flooring and we can recommend the right floor for your use case. We only supply the best branded flooring, and we handle the entire design and installation process for you.

For advice and a chat about your sports hall project, call us on +44 (0) 1706 260 220 or email us at

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