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4 Disadvantages of a low-thickness sports surface


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When it comes to choosing a sports surface, important features should be taken into account, regardless of the intensity of use the surface will be subjected to.

The resistance, impact absorption and durability of the materials are directly related to the thickness of the surface. This set of factors should always be adapted to the needs of each location, and at the same time, guarantee the safety and comfort of users.


The importance of choosing a sports surface of a suitable thickness

Whether we are talking about gymnasiums, CrossFit boxes, or any zone set up for working out at home, the flooring should be a priority.

If a low-thickness sports surface is chosen, you will be neglecting the longevity of your training facilities, causing quicker wear and tear.

Whatever fitness items are used, there will always be contact with the floor. Different workout machines (e.g. treadmills and other equipment) tend to be heavy and require appropriate support. Likewise, dumbbells, kettlebells and weightlifting bars can cause strong impacts on the floor.

The larger the thickness and the better the quality of your flooring, the more the energy will be dissipated, thus reducing the force of the impacts. By installing suitable flooring at the location you will also be caring for your equipment.

Installing a high-quality surface will prevent unnecessary damage, both to your training material and the flooring itself.

To sum up, the type of sports flooring should be adapted to the needs of each location, whether it is a sports venue, a leisure zone or a passageway. At Geometrik, a range of high-quality flooring options are available, such as Gymfloor and Alpha Tiles.


Low-thickness flooring: What consequences can it have?

As we have seen, a low-thickness sports flooring is not a suitable surface in zones subject to intense traffic or high daily loads.

These are the main disadvantages of installing a surface that does not meet all the requirements with respect to thickness:


1. Increased risk of damage and injuries

Choosing a good surface will protect your floor, accessories, training apparatus and the sportsmen/women themselves.

In contrast, installing a low-thickness flooring will have the opposite effect. The stability and durability levels of the materials will be compromised and the risk of injuries will increase.


2. Impact absorption and acoustic insulation problems

Low-thickness flooring will not provide a good response to the weight and impact of different training apparatus. It is extremely important that the flooring is able to absorb these kinds of loads.

Moreover, a sports surface with suitable density and thickness helps reduce the impact of vibrations, leading to more effective acoustic insulation.


3. Reduction of comfort and security levels

In a sports facility, a thin flooring provides less resistance and compromises user comfort.

The safety of sportsmen/women is another aspect that can be negatively influenced. In the event of a fall, a low-quality surface will not absorb as much of the impact, which may cause injuries.


4. Hindered sports performance

Owing to all the disadvantages pointed out above, the training experience at a location with a low-thickness flooring will also be impaired.

The physical and acoustic discomfort, combined with an increased risk of injuries, will end up compromising the performance of sportsmen/women.


As you can see, there are several conditions to take into account when choosing a sports surface and the thickness and quality of the material is a crucial factor.

But you do not have to make this decision all by yourself! With the help of Geometrik specialists, you can find the flooring that fits your needs in terms of resistance, comfort, thickness and much more.


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