The Value of Modular Flooring
By: Jeff Vance
A community social on Friday night. Basketball game on Saturday morning. Rehearsals on Saturday afternoon. Worship programs on Sunday. Various kids programs all week.
We’ve seen how the big stadiums and arenas handle changing flooring from event to event, but how do organizations with reasonable budgets cope with the changing demands of multiple events? Modular flooring systems are increasingly the choice of faith-based organizations for their multi-use facilities.
Modular floors were developed in the 70s to be portable sports floors, but have evolved over time to fill many of the gaps in the traditional flooring market. Modular flooring systems are durable and versatile, and fit the needs of facilities that cater to a wide variety of unique functions.
Since these floors originated in the sports environment, they are ideal for Basketball, Volleyball, walking areas, Awana, general play areas, etc. Modular surfaces are constructed of a polypropylene copolymer, making them unaffected by changes in temperature or humidity. The added attribute of being water resistant makes modular floors perfect for buildings that have no or limited HVAC coverage.
Modular floors install without glues or adhesives, making them particularly appealing to facilities with old floors they don’t want to damage or remove or facilities with moisture issues in the slab.
Some of the better modular floors offer a suspension integrated into the bottom of the modules. Not only does this provide the best comfort and play, but it also allows the flooring to “breathe.”
The lack of adhesives creates a faster, friendlier installation complete in one to two days. Eliminating the toxic smells associated with adhesives keeps people who may work in the facility breathing happy.
“One of the most appealing aspects of modular flooring is how quickly it can be installed. From the time we ordered the floor until it was installed took about three weeks. The actual installation took less than two days,” said Keith Phillips, deacon, Mossy Grove Baptist Church.
The resilient qualities of the copolymer add to the versatility of the flooring. These systems can handle tables and chairs during a social and will not dent from high-heeled shoes.
They are naturally stain, mold, and mildew resistant and are easy to clean and maintain. A good dust mop handles most of the day-to-day cleaning, but if events with food and drink leave the floor needing a good scrubbing, a wet mop or an auto scrubber can be used.
From an athletic perspective, modular floors are one of the safest choices you can make for your facility. The modules are designed to have some “give” to them, providing relief to joints and limbs during impact.
A few higher quality surfaces even have built in “shocks” to provide the highest level of safety and performance. Modular floors are typically designed to have the same grip as hardwood floors – enough to provide good play, but not so much as to unnaturally grab the athletes’ feet while playing.
These floors also provide a much better level of impact protection than VCT or carpeted floors are able to. With the focus in our society on the long-term effects of concussions, modular flooring with shock suspension provides outstanding safety at an affordable price.
Polypropylene helps make these flooring systems durable and long-lasting. The higher quality systems come standard with a 16-year warranty and are engineered to withstand unlimited amounts of foot traffic.
Additionally, modular surfaces can accommodate considerable rolling loads of wheeled traffic. If the need arises for a scissor lift to repair a light or work on the ceiling, just roll it across the floor. The modules can easily handle the load.
All floors can be damaged, and modular flooring is no exception. What is exceptional is that individual modules can be quickly and easily removed and replaced, without the need of expensive flooring specialists.
The entirety of this article really leads to one word – value. Modular flooring is perhaps the best all-around flooring choice for multi-use facilities.
It is a relatively inexpensive option that is easy to install, durable, and easy to clean and maintain. It provides the versatility to accommodate nearly any activity and ensures a safe, fun environment for your athletes.
Jeff Vance is sales manager at SnapSports, www.snapsports.com.