How to Choose a Rubber Surface for Sports Grounds


The right choice of surface for the sports ground to a greater extent reduce the risk of injuries in case of a fall. Since the rubber driveway has shock-absorbing properties – it provides a more comfortable and safer environment for exercise than the screed or asphalt.

When choosing a rubber cover, first of all, you should consider the type of sport for which the sports field or hall is allocated. This determines the type of coating, that is, it can be a rubber plate, roll or seamless coating. Also important is the thickness of the material, which affects many properties, such as: shock absorption, shock absorption properties, elasticity, friction on the surface.

Coating for sports grounds

Wear resistance, reliability and durability – these are the main advantages that made the use of polyurethane coatings made of crumb rubber a good solution for the construction of all kinds of sports fields. Used materials and technologies allow you to create high-quality, beautiful and comfortable surface, the properties of which are best suited for a particular sport.

The most popular coating to date is a seamless coverage of crumb rubber. Such coverings meet all modern requirements, safety, cost-effectiveness, environmental friendliness and design. Available such coatings, as a rule, in different color variations. However, the main colors are still the classic red, yellow, blue and green. On children’s playgrounds they are often combined, creating a colorful pattern.

Why the thickness of the surface on sports fields from 10 mm is used

Before laying a rubber surface, the base of the sports ground must be asphalted or concreted to 5-8 cm. The type of material depends on the level of the site (amateur, professional) and its intended use.

Typically, stadiums, soccer, basketball and tennis courts use a seamless rubber surface. The absence of joints is the main advantage of this type of coating. At the same time, to maintain the necessary properties, its thickness should be 10-13 mm.

Elasticity and comfort for sports activities

The choice of the right surface is an important moment in the arrangement of any type of sports grounds. The main requirements for such surfaces are the presence of high performance properties such as injury safety, cushioning effect, resistance to atmospheric influences, elasticity and resilience (reduce stress on the limbs and provide bounce sports equipment), environmental friendliness (should not release toxic substances), wear resistance, ease of care and repair. And, of course, the sports surface must be aesthetically pleasing.


The material from which rubber covers are made is primary and secondary. The first – it is a synthetic rubber, it is odorless, can withstand heat up to 150 degrees and is even used in the food industry. Rubber material is completely harmless to children. The only drawback is the rather high cost. Although when it comes to safety, the choice is obvious.

In addition to rubber, such coatings are made from recycled raw materials – recycled rubber. And it can be different. The worst option – recycled transport tires, the crumb from them has a characteristic smell even in cool weather. When it’s warm, a child to be on the site with a similar coating is not only uncomfortable, but also not safe.

In addition to the rubber crumbs in the composition of the coating is a binding agent (usually polyurethane adhesive) and pigments are not water-soluble. When dry, they must be safe.

What is the risk of installing substandard rubber coverings

Numerous advantages of rubber coverings, including durability, good functionality and presentability made them a popular solution for sports and children’s facilities, territories of private households. Such popularity has the other side of the coin: the abundance of companies offering the laying of such coatings in a short time and cheaply. Behind the cheapness lies a lot of problems that you may be confronted with a few months after the laying. Let’s understand in detail the threat of installing poor-quality rubber coating.

Defects of coatings

Practice shows that if you want to save money and invite the company, promising low-cost laying, very often after 7-8 months you may be confronted with massive defects in the seamless rubber coating:

  • Chunks of rubber breaking out;
  • Falls in the new carpet, exposing the substrate;
  • Creases and waves in the carpet;
  • Delamination of the covering;
  • Changing, actively fading or washed out color.

In addition to loss of presentability, such poorly formed coverings also lose their functionality, and often even become dangerous to use. Unfortunately, the insidiousness of the situation is that a bad laying is not detected immediately after delivery of the object. The customer at first glance may even like the work of the contractor, who asked for less than the competitors. But over time, the above “symptoms” can significantly spoil your mood and make a hole in the budget. Even better, if the warranty does not expire by the time the holes, waves and slipping color begin to actively show on the new rubber flooring.

Short service life

Willing to trust the performer with frankly low cost of works, do not forget that you pay for a knowingly low quality components and components of the rubber flooring:

  • The quality of the rubber crumb itself. Often, in frankly cheap raw materials, together with the crumb is a large number of impurities in the form of dust, debris and metal cord. It is the presence of these inclusions and leads to poor adhesion to the base of the future sports, children’s, industrial sites.
  • The quality of the adhesive composition. The low quality of polyurethane adhesives often leads to poor quality of the final coating. Many firms save on a lower cost than
  • Insufficient amount of glue. The cause of waves and cracks in the finished surfaces is the lack of adhesive, compared to the standards and norms. In addition to the development of defects is a violation of the laying technology, the exclusion of processing solvent-based primer and adhesive.
  • The use of low-grade dye pigments. Dyes with low cost are absolutely unpredictable. They can “bleed” after the first rain, making the color of the coating uneven, faded. And if they have violated the terms and conditions of storage? In that case, you won’t have to talk about presentability.
  • Spoiled mood, the inability to fully exploit the object, the cost of dismantling, repairing or laying a new coating. Here are just three major problems, which leads to a desire to save money and hire a contractor “cheaper.

To avoid getting into an unpleasant situation and do not see after six months open holes in the coating on the playground or sports field trust professionals with extensive experience and a good reputation. They value their honest name and do not use frankly low-quality materials.