How to Choose Court Flooring: The Right Court for Your Sport
By Kayla Haas
| Fact Checked By: Sonal Agarwal
Published: January 7, 2018 | Updated: October 29, 2020
Court flooring is a great addition to the backyard, rec room, or gymnasium, providing the perfect surface for practice and pickup games. If you’ve been searching for the best court flooring options for you, then congrats! Your search is over.
Some court tiles are great for outdoor use and some are only for indoor use. Some are designed for multisport use, while others are special court flooring kits for outdoor basketball courts, pickleball courts, and more. It’s a lot to choose from, but don’t sweat it! It’s easy to find exactly what you need.
This court flooring guide will run you through the types of court flooring you can choose, plus the best court flooring for each sport, including basketball, tennis, pickleball, and everything in between.
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About Court Flooring
Court sport flooring is designed to provide a safe, level surface for playing and practicing, whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Our court flooring comes in durable, easily installed tiles or planks.
Constructed of hard plastic, hardwood or vinyl, our court flooring is more shock-absorbent than concrete and provides excellent support for the sport of your choice. Be it volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, or even pickleball.
Bonus: our selection of court flooring has the style and versatility you’re looking for, with bold colors and wood looks that let you completely customize your court.
Sounds perfect, right? Well, we’re just getting warmed up. Let’s check out what else there is to know about court flooring before you meet the star players, a.k.a. the best court flooring options for you.
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Court Flooring Material
What is court flooring made of? The answer to that question can tell you a lot about the flooring, like where to use is, how durable it is, and how easy it is to install and take care of. These are obviously all important factors, so keep your eye on the ball as you do your shopping.
Hard Plastic Flooring
All of our plastic court floorings is made from polypropylene. This type of plastic is impact resistant, chemical resistant, and holds color without fading. It thrives both indoors and outdoors.
Since the material is impact resistant and absorbs shock, you’ll notice increased support during jumpshots, running, and other moves that can be hard on the joints.
Our vinyl court planks are made of luxury vinyl that’s supported by a high impact polypropylene base. Vinyl court flooring is durable and versatile, designed for better airflow under the planks, and bolstered by a solid-top and quality finish that prevents potential dampness.
Our vinyl flooring comes with a beautiful maple wood-look top for an attractive, classic gym floor appearance. Note: vinyl court flooring is intended for indoor use only.
When you want the look and feel of a traditional indoor court, wood flooring is the way to go. Our wood flooring is specifically designed to be easy to install, and you can even pull it up and reinstall elsewhere if desired.
Keep in mind that you can only use wood court flooring in an indoor setting. If you want to build a nice backyard court, plastic court tiles are the best solution for you.
Types of Court Flooring
Court Flooring Tiles
Modular court tiles fit together in a snap, offering a quick and simple installation. They come in a range of popular colors, so you can customize to your heart’s content or even match your favorite team colors.
All of our court tiles are made from a durable, slip-resistant, fade-proof plastic, which means they’re ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Court Flooring Planks
Wood (and wood-look) court planks offer the style and professional feel of traditional wood court floors. While they look like those old-fashioned courts, they’re way easier to install, so you can have the best of both worlds!
With beautiful finishes and nail-free installation, what’s not to love?
Best Outdoor Court Flooring
Outdoor court tiles are created with durability in mind, so they’re designed to withstand the challenges of the elements, rain or shine.
The vented surfaces of outdoor tiles allow optimal water draining, preventing a slipping hazard when it rains. At the same time, the polypropylene plastic is fade-resistant in the bright sun, keeping your colors looking great over time. Best of all, these courts are easy to clean with a hose or leaf blower. Just shake off any debris and you’re good to go!
Outdoor Sports Tiles
Outdoor sports tiles are the ideal flooring for basketball courts, tennis courts, roller hockey rinks, and many other sports. These court tiles have been formulated to withstand the harshest of environments. They’re UV-stable and slip-resistant when wet, and feature a perforated surface that allows for water, dirt, and debris to easily flow through.
Interlock these outdoor gym floor tiles to create a seamless surface that provides more shock absorption than standard concrete and can be easily painted or taped to create the sport floor of choice.
Premium Outdoor Sports Tiles
If you’re looking for the ideal outdoor court flooring, you’ve found it. These premium outdoor sports tiles are designed with precise vents for supreme traction and greater shock absorbency than concrete.
Built-in expansion joints keep the surface solid and steady even under the hot summer sun. These polypropylene tiles boast UV stability, as well as convenient mold and mildew resistance.
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Mateflex III sport tiles feature a high-density rib pattern for unbeatable durability during even the most high-impact sports. These vented plastic tiles allow water to easily flow through the surface, ensuring a safe playing surface in wet or dry conditions.
These court tiles are very easy to install and maintain, and are popular as outdoor court flooring for basketball, inline hockey and volleyball.
Best Indoor Court Flooring
Indoor court tiles come in several sizes, colors, and patterns to jazz up your gym, or any other indoor space. For an indoor court, you can choose between both tiles and planks, so you can have bold color or more classic wood looks. The choice is yours!
Just like outdoor court tiles, indoor court flooring is easy to install. Simply lock them together and get ready to play! To clean up, you simply vacuum or sweep any loose crumbs, dust, or dirt, then sanitize with a damp mop, mild soap, and water.
Indoor Sports Tiles
Indoor sports tiles provide great shock absorbency for high impact sports. Since these tiles have a solid surface, you’ll want to wipe up spills to prevent slipping. They have a nice shine and come in your favorite colors that you can mix and match to create unique patterns and designs. You can even paint them to create the custom court of choice.
For even more shock absorbance, you can install a rubber underlayment below the floor to provide a springier surface that protects your joints as you play.
HotShot Hockey Floor Tiles
HotShot Hockey Floor Tiles let you play inline hockey all year long. Featuring a specialized, slicker surface than standard court tiles, this hockey flooring provides a smooth, seamless field of play.
You can easily DIY install these tiles in any indoor (or outdoor!) setting, including skate rinks and skate parks. They feature a realistic faux ice color that’s the perfect touch to help you get your head in the game.
Indoor Court Tiles
Looking for the perfect multi-purpose gym floor? These indoor court tiles are just what you need, featuring a durable hard plastic design. Since they offer more durability than wood flooring, there is no need to use a gym floor cover. One less hassle!
Boasting a resistance to water, stains, and even mold/mildew, these indoor sports tiles are so low-maintenance that you’ll only need to think about them when you’re actually playing on them. You also have the options to install a rubber underlayment beneath the tiles for enhanced shock-absorption, bounce, and protection for your joints.
Best Multisport Court Tiles
Outdoor Sports Tiles
Nope, you’re not seeing double. These sport tiles make the list more than once because they’ve got the triple threat: easy installation, easy maintenance, and perfect for almost any sport.
Indoor Sports Tiles
Another star player back for another round! Indoor sports tiles are the ideal indoor multi-sport tile, providing the best surface for community gyms and rec leagues where you’re playing on a shared indoor court. Basketball, tennis, volleyball, you name it. This indoor tile can handle the pressure.
Truplay Sports System by Junckers
The Truplay Sports System by Junckers is the best hardwood indoor sports flooring on the market. This gym flooring kit includes solid hardwood planks and performance underlayment, plus clips and adhesive for a hassle-free, nail-free installation.
The steel clip design allows for independent plank flexing, which produces better shock absorption. Even better, since there are no nails used for installation, you can easily take up the floor and reinstall it wherever you need it next.
Court Flooring for Every Sport
Odds are if you’re into a single sport, you want a court specialized for that. Great news! We offer pre made court kits and multi-sport flooring to make it easy to pick a court that’s perfect for your favorite sport.
Check out your options:
|Sport||Court Type||Material||Premade Kit Available|
|Basketball Court Flooring||Tiles and Planks||Hard Plastic, Vinyl, and Wood||Yes|
|Pickleball Court Flooring||Tiles and Planks||Hard Plastic, Wood||Yes|
|Shuffleboard Court Flooring||Tiles||Hard Plastic||Yes|
|Tennis Court Flooring||Tiles and Planks||Hard Plastic, Wood||Yes|
|Hockey Rink Flooring||Tiles||Hard Plastic||No|
|Soccer Court Flooring||Tiles||Hard Plastic||No|
|Badminton Court Flooring||Tiles and Planks||Hard Plastic, Wood||No|
|Volleyball Court Flooring||Tiles and Planks||Hard Plastic, Wood||No|
|Multisport Court Flooring||Tiles and Planks||Hard Plastic, Vinyl, and Wood||No|
Best Court Flooring Kits
You know what court tiles and planks are, but what makes them a kit? It’s simple! Instead of calculating how many tiles or planks you need to cover the area, you can get the exact number you need, based on your sport, to install your court in a snap with a premade court kit.
These kits are available as indoor and outdoor courts in a variety of different sizes. With options ranging from basketball to pickleball to shuffleboard, you can have your specific court in a snap! Plus, some courts come with the game lines already painted on the tile or plank.
So if you know what kind of court you need for your favorite sport, just order a kit!
Benefits of Pre Made Court Kits
To really get down to what makes these kits special, let’s take a look at the major advantages of court kits.
- Convenience: Court kits are easy to shop for and purchase, no size/ space calculation needed. Simply pick your kit, and install it!
- Use: You can use court flooring for a variety of sports or games. Be it Zumba, basketball, pickleball, or shuffleboard, these tiles are there for you.
- DIY installation: Grab your teammates and install your court in no time. Simply lay the tiles or planks out and lock them together with their easy interlocking or clip system.
- Indoor and outdoor options: Many court kits can be installed indoors or outdoors, depending on your need and how the tiles are constructed.
- Court sizes: Available in a variety of sizes, court kits cater to your specific sport or based on the square footage available. Simply measure and order your tiles accordingly.
Outdoor Basketball Court Kit
Our Outdoor Basketball Court Kits are easy to install and even easier to maintain. You can choose from several court sizes to best fit your space, and they even come with the convenient option of pre-painted game lines.
Durable and UV resistant, these slip-resistant tiles can stay outside all year long without cracking or melting. While these tiles are designed for use as a basketball court, you can use them as court flooring for volleyball, tennis, pickleball, and much more.
Indoor Basketball Court Kits
Finding the perfect indoor basketball court is even easier with this premade court kit. This kit comes complete with all the tiles and edges you need for a half court, and is available in multiple sizes, including a 20′ x 24′ or 30′ x 30′ half court layout.
Easy to install and incredibly low-maintenance, these reliable court tiles provide the ideal shock absorption and spring to keep you at the top of your game. Plus, they’re great for more than just basketball. These sports tiles work for volleyball, tennis, and much more.
Pickleball Court Kit
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and you need the right court to get in on the fun! Our Pickleball Court Kit is perfect for both commercial and residential use and meets the official court size recommendations of the USAPA.
This court kit is large enough for both singles and doubles play, so more can join the game. It’s also very easy to DIY install, and maintenance is simple, just how you want it to be.
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How to Install Court Flooring
Installing court flooring is easy and simple to do on your own. Dedicated DIYers can get the job done in a matter of minutes. Whether you’re installing an indoor court or an outdoor court, the steps are the same.
Court Tile Installation
Note: These steps work with both indoor and outdoor court tiles, as well as peg and loop court planks.
- Make sure you’re starting with a clean, dry, and level surface.
- Begin at one corner of the court, placing the first tile with the peg sides facing outward, and both looped sides facing inward.
- To connect tiles, insert the pegs into the loops of an adjacent tile, and step down on the connected edges to snap them together.
- Work your way along the perimeter, creating an L shape along two adjacent sides. Leave a 3/4” gap between the tiles and any walls or obstacles, to leave room for expansion and contraction with temperature changes.
- Once two sides of the court are completed, continue to fill in the rest of the area until it is complete.
- If you have also purchased edge pieces, now is the time to install them. To install an edge piece, simply snap the pegs into the loops of the tiles. These pieces also come with attachable loops so you can secure them to the peg edge of a tile if necessary.
When you come up to an edge, wall or object, it’s easy to cut court tiles to fit. Just measure the area and cut the tiles with a tile cutter or table saw.
When trimming the tiles into place, make sure you leave about a 3/4” space between the tiles and the outside of the court or near a wall to allow for expansion and contraction of the floor.
Court Plank Installation
Note: These steps work with our two hardwood court planks from Junckers, Truplay Sports System and Trufit Hardwood System.
- Make sure the subfloor is level, clean, and dry. Install a vapor barrier if the installation area is at or below ground level.
- If recommended by the manufacturer, roll out a sports foam support layer perpendicular to the planned direction of the planks, and tape the rolls together.
- Begin installation by laying the planks face-down on the foam, parallel to the longest side of the room. Carefully hammer the included clips into the holes on the bottoms of the planks. These clips will connect to adjacent planks along the length of each plank.
- To connect the tongue and groove head joints of each plank, use adhesive in the joints. Stagger the plank head joints in a random pattern, leaving at least 18” between each joint on 6’ planks, and 30” of space on 12’ length planks.
- As you install, use spacers around the edges of the room to ensure the proper amount of space for expansion. For every 10’ of width, add ¼” to the expansion gap on both sides.
- The very last row of planks should be glued to the adjacent row along the length. No other rows should be glued together along the length.
- Finally, remove the spacers around the edges of the floor and install the trim and transition strips.
Lining Your Court
Once you have your court installed, you might want the proper lines for whatever sport you will be playing on your court. While some premade court kits are complete with prepainted lines, you also have the option to grab one of our handy paint kits and feel like a pro athlete with your awesome, officially-lined court!
Design Your Own Court Flooring
Using our custom court builder, you can create your own design using the dimensions you need and the colors you love. All you have to do is find the sports tile you want, and then click the flooring designer icon on the product page to get started.
How to Clean Court Flooring
Once your court is installed and being used, you might notice dirt or marks on your tiles or planks. To make sure you’re prepared to clean it up, let’s talk about how to clean and maintain your court flooring, indoors and outdoors.
Court Tile Cleaning and Maintenance
With court tiles, one of the many awesome features is how easy they are to clean and maintain. Made of hard plastic or vinyl, court tiles can be cleaned by simply sweeping or vacuuming any dirt or debris away.
Since court tiles simply snap and lock together, any damaged or severely dirty tiles can be pulled up and replaced. However, most indoor tiles can be cleaned with a manufacturer-recommended solvent to save you from having to pull it up or replace it.
If you have an outdoor court, your tiles are designed with drainage vents, so you can take a hose and a leaf blower to your court and allow the dirt and debris to wash away.
Court Plank Cleaning and Maintenance
Because some court planks are made of hardwood, there may be more steps to ensure your court planks are cared for properly.
First, using a microfiber dust mop, get rid of any crumbs, dust, or debris from the court, then check the floor for any scuff marks. To remove these marks, you can use a manufacturer-approved dissolvent, or a tennis ball to rub them away. Once this is done, you can move on to disinfecting.
Using excess water could cause damage to your court since court planks are made of hardwood. For that reason, it’s best to use a wrung-out mop/ microfiber cloth, or a cleaning machine and the manufacturer suggested cleaner. For the best results, you should clean the floor by walking along the length of the floorboards with your mop or machine.
The best frequency for cleaning depends on how often you intend to use your court flooring. It’s best to clean your court planks after every use.
With hardwood court flooring, there might occasionally be some spots that need to be re-lacquered. To keep the planks looking their best, you should sand down these areas and use a manufacturer-approved lacquer for spot repairs. Let these spots dry, then apply one additional coat of lacquer, then you’re done!
If you’re ready to get off the bench and onto the court, well, now you have a court you can actually play on!
Whether you’re decking out the best indoor basketball court ever, a backyard basketball court, or even your personal hockey practicing area, we’ve got the sports tile for you.