Choosing the Right Play Surface
Friday, April 20, 2018

Games and sports make up one of the healthiest and most popular activities that people turn to in order to spend their leisure times.

Considering the amount of people that indulge in these sports, governments, municipalities, educational institutions and local communities are investing substantial sums of money in developing facilities that aid the love for these games that is growing rapidly.

However, there a few important things that have to be considered when setting up a gymnasium areas for any kinds of sports be them basketball, tennis, hockey or any other indoor game.

Determine what you want

This is the fundamental consideration that anyone in the market for selecting appropriate surfaces for a play area has to keep in mind. There are broadly two categories of the types of surfaces that are available and they both serve a variety of different purposes.

These are loose fill or synthetic materials. Loose fill surfaces are usually popular for children sports that include general castle building or swings. Synthetic materials cover a variety of playgrounds and surfaces and vary from sport to sport. They come with customized designs in order to give the arena a more personalized and creative feel.

Go on a fact finding journey

As with any investment that you make, it is important to conduct proper research before buying a play surface. Your search can cover selecting the best quality materials from the most appropriate vendors, considering customer reviews and feedbacks and also comparing prices and installation costs.

These things are important to be investigated beforehand because it is a substantial investment and has to be put in place for a long time. This will only happen if proper thought is put into the research behind selecting it.

Be sure to check standard safety compliance levels

All play surfaces have to meet ADA set standard safety regulations. Examples of material that don’t fit these standards include sand and pea gravel etc., from the loose fill category but none in the synthetics category as they can even be safely used by children with disabilities.

Keep your budget and maintenance costs in perspective

The installation and maintenance budgets are extremely important things to keep in perspective because these costs vary from material to material and as we’ve touched upon earlier, this is a sizeable long turn investment and you don’t want it to fall apart or cost too much on the maintenance frontier making it more of a nuisance than a facility for the public.

Consider durability and cleanliness

Different surfaces provide variable resistance against the elements and as such the amount of effort or ease that is required to clean them differs too. Loose fill surfaces generally tend to be harder to clean because of a host of reasons like for example, if it is sand there really no point in trying to clean it but there can be instances of different unwanted materials getting dropped in it and they can turn out to be almost impossible to get rid of.

It is imperative that proper thought be put into the process of buying the right play surfaces because it is an investment that has to stay intact for a long time and as such requires considerable deliberation.

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