Many athletic shoes like those worn by golfers, rugby, soccer, and hockey players, and track runners have spikes or cleats on the sole to help them gain extra traction on slippery terrain and uneven surfaces. Spiked golf shoes of the olden days are made of metal which puts a lot of strain on any floor and greens.
Though today’s golf shoes have soft rubber or plastic spikes, they can still damage floors, especially during heavy foot traffic such as tournaments and weekends. This is the reason many establishments prefer using stud-resistant matting on their floors.
Without this extra layer of protection, the subflooring will bear the brunt of the damage that could cause considerable expenses to anyone managing the facility.
1. What Is A Stud Resistant Matting?
A stud resistant matting is a floor solution that protects the floor and maintains its integrity even when punctured. It is typically utilized in high-traffic areas and sports facilities to provide support and protection to the people who frequently use the space.
2. Typical Application Of Stud Resistant Matting
The floor is the room’s largest surface, and stud-resistant matting can be used for various purposes.
Sports Changing Rooms
After a hectic game of rugby, soccer, or track and field, many athletes proceed to the changing room to freshen up and change, and frequently they go there in groups.
The multitude of athletes with spiked shoes could wear the floor quickly. Because of that, stud-resistant matting became ideal in these areas.
Many golfers flock to driving ranges to practice their shots and swings. This facility is equipped with distance markers, balls, tees, clubs, and a putting green that imitates the floor’s texture in an actual golf course.
With the frequent twists and strain on the floor by spiked shoes, it’s necessary to have a stud-resistant matting; otherwise, the wear on the floor will be noticeable, which is unsightly.
Many sports grounds usually have a building attached to them, often used to gather athletes for refreshments after a tiring sports event. At times, even spectators can join them. Sports Pavilions usually have stud-resistant matting to protect the floor underneath, typically hardwood floor used in other sports events like basketball or volleyball. Should a pavilion lack protection, the usually shiny hardwood floor would be full of scratches and damage.
Office buildings suffer from heavy foot traffic at specific times. Even if office employees don’t wear spiked shoes, the stilettos from the hundreds of women and the dirt from the rest could damage the office marble flooring. That is why many buildings provide stud-resistant matting to gather the dirt from the shoes of the crowd of people going into the building. Without the matting, the tiny granules of sand and dirt from the soles of their shoes will scratch the surface of the marble flooring, eventually losing its luster and shine.
Children’s Play Areas
Some kids’ shoes have spikes in them, but stud-resistant matting is utilized in this facility not to protect the subfloor but to cushion the children’s falls and reduce slips that could injure them while playing.
Because of its anti-slip property, stud-resistant matting is often used in the pool surrounding a swimming pool’s hardscape area.
Facilities like art galleries also use stud-resistant matting since many gallery attendees walk around the room repeatedly, which happens almost the entire day.
Sporting Goods Store
Many large sporting goods stores also utilize stud-resistant matting since most of their visitors might be trying out spiked shoes and would try to walk around in them while inside the store. Also, since most sporting goods stores also display and sell heavy gym equipment, they would need matting to prevent scratches on both the floor and the equipment.
A stud-resistant matting is usually made from polypropylene. Still, at times it could be a mixture of polypropylene and polyester because these materials offer the best traction, acoustic, and protection for the demand of a facility.
3. Benefits Of Stud-Resistant Matting
- Protect the subfloor from damage, making the life of the subfloor longer
- Provide a safe and comfortable walking surface
- Protect from slips
- Cushions fall
- Limit the noise created by clicking heels
- Collect dirt from foot traffic
- Aesthetically appealing
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Extremely durable to wear and tear
A stud-resistant matting offers many great benefits, and to use them in your facility to protect the surface of your floor will be an excellent investment.
Repairing and restoring hardwood floors and even marble flooring is very costly and will considerably dent your finances. A stud-resistant matting will be a safe solution to cover the subflooring of your facility to ensure that you will make your guests feel safe, protected, and comfortable.