Matéflex Sports Flooring FAQS

Get answers to all your sports flooring questions, from tennis court resurfacing to basketball court flooring options, installation and more.

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    Q How much does a backyard basketball court cost?

    Backyard basketball court installation costs can vary drastically. Some variables to take into consideration are excavation to prepare the site, court size, surface choice, and finishing touches like basketball goals, containment netting, lights and more.

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    Q What is the best flooring for indoor basketball courts?

    ProGym and ProGym Plank are ideal solutions for indoor basketball court surfacing.  If you’re looking for the best value, you can’t beat ProGym’s 19 different standard colors and near bullet-proof performance. And, it is installed over a 3mm rubber underlayment for added cushion and sound dampening. ProGym Plank is another great option that will give you the look and feel of a real wood floor at a fraction of the cost.

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    Q What is the best outdoor basketball court material?

    Matéflex III and HomeCourt are great outdoor basketball court solutions that cover existing court surfaces. Both have perforated designs to allow water to drain through the tiles, making the court dry quicker and getting you back on the court far sooner than traditional surfaces.

    Matéflex III and HomeCourt each have 19 different standard color options. Their expansion joint technology allows them to conform to the subsurface and be permanently installed with no concerns about thermal expansion. Matéflex III is a long-standing strong performer and HomeCourt is a more heavy-duty tile with smoother edges for extra safety.

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    Q What type of surface should the tiles be put over?

    Concrete or asphalt is preferred, but any solid, smooth and level surface will work. Please note: Our tiles can be put over crushed stone outdoors, but it is not advised for long-term performance and durability.

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    Q What is the life expectancy of your sport flooring?

    Our courts come with a 15-year warranty but the life expectancy is more than 20 years.

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    Q How are the game lines applied to the surfaces?

    Game lines are masked out using quality tapes then treated with specialized primers and an application of a high-performance, specialized 2-part polyurethane paint.

    Small DIY courts can be painted in-house in our controlled paint room setting, but larger court layouts are typically painted on site.

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    Q What is the process to build a backyard game court?

    First, decide what size court you want and how much space you have available. A good starting point is a 30'x60' court, which gives you room for a full 3-point line on a half basketball court and room for many other popular applications like pickleball, shuffleboard, badminton, and more.

    Next, contact Mateflex with your court dimensions. We may have a representative in your area that can help build your court from the ground up, or if you have a local contractor that can get your base installed, Mateflex can provide a fully painted DIY kit. 

    Either way, Mateflex can walk you through the process for the most cost-effective solution. We can also provide any basketball goals, lights, containment netting, and other court amenities for your project.

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    Q Can your courts be a DIY installation?

    Yes! Many customers choose to do these projects on their own. If you already have a concrete or asphalt pad in place and are looking to spruce it up by overlaying our tile system, DIY is the way to go. Or, you can hire your trusted local contractor to build the base for the court and install the tiles to keep your costs down.

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    Q What are the advantages of the expansion joint technology?

    When plastic is put out into the elements, it will expand and contract with varying temperature and sun conditions. If this is not accommodated for in the design and installation of the modular tile surface, several issues can arise. The surface can shift over time, buckle in extreme heat, and cause inaccurate game line dimensions just to name a few. Matéflex accounts for all of this with its unique expansion joint technology.

    This technology is what sets our outdoor court surfaces above the competition for all sports. The expansion joints allow the tiles to be flexible and conform better to uneven sub-surfaces, providing more consistent ball bounces than any other outdoor tile on the market.

    The expansion joints also allow for the court to be fastened to the subsurface around the perimeter of the court. This is done for several practical reasons, the first being to prevent physical or thermal movement of the surface throughout its long service life.  When properly fastened, the tiles are designed to expand and contract within their own footprint, eliminating any concerns with thermal expansion. This allows the tiles to be trimmed tight to any vertical obstruction, giving the court a very clean and finished look. It also ensures that your game line dimensions will be accurate regardless of temperature and sun conditions.

    The expansion joint technology is one of many reasons Matéflex Sport Surfaces are the perfect balance of performance and durability for your next outdoor court project.

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    Q How does the ball react on Matéflex sport surfaces?

    The ball will react very similarly to a traditional concrete or asphalt surface. We test basketball response on all surfaces measuring the percentage of the rebound height normally produced on concrete. FIBA requires a minimum of 93% rebound, while all of Matéflex surfaces range from 99%-100%.

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    Q Are the tiles slippery when wet?

    As with any surface, the tiles can be slippery when wet. That said, our tiles typically dry quicker than traditional surfaces—allowing you to get back to your game as soon as possible.

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    Q How much does gym flooring cost?

    The cost of gym flooring depends on the type of surface you choose. Flooring can start on the low end with VCT tile around $3.00 per square foot and go all the way up to hardwood flooring that can be $15.00 or more installed. Synthetic flooring would fall somewhere in between.

    It's important to think beyond the initial investment and consider the ongoing maintenance requirements for your choice of flooring. Mateflex offers competitively priced flooring options that require minimal maintenance and can be easily repaired if any problems do arise. 

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    Q How often does a tennis court need to be resurfaced?

    In general, most acrylic hard court surfaces should be resurfaced every 4 to 8 years. This depends on a variety of factors, including how much use the court gets, how well it is maintained, and the climate in which the court is installed. There are several Matéflex tennis court surfaces that have been in use for over 20 years.

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    Q How much space do you need to build a tennis court?

    A traditional tennis court takes up a 60'x120' space. The playing area is 36'x78' with 12' of out-of-bounds space on each side of the court and 21' of out-of-bounds space at each end of the court.

    Trees and vegetation should be kept away from the court area to help prevent leaves and debris from collecting on the court. These can degrade a traditional surface over time without proper upkeep.

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    Q How much does it cost to build a tennis court in your backyard?

    The cost to build a tennis court in your backyard can vary dramatically depending on the existing terrain and what options you would like for your surface and amenities.  Roughly speaking, a ground-up build of a new tennis court can cost between $50,000 and $100,000.

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