WOOD surface specialist, Havwoods is pleased to announce the launch of Havsport, which the company describes as ‘the next generation of solid wood sports flooring’.
The performance of a sports floor is reportedly dependent upon the interaction between the floor surface and its resilient sub-construction. Havsport floors comprise of 22mm thick, 2-strip solid hardwood planks, in a choice of timbers including beech from Germany, white oak from France (both PEFC certified, Havwoods says) and hevea, a timber that is said to be as stable as teak yet reaches maturity in just 20 years. The planks are kiln dried, the backsides are lacquered, the edges treated and the ends sealed for moisture resistance; the stave ends are then finger jointed and both these and the centre joint are glued. The result is a plank that is claimed by Havwoods to be exceptionally stable and moisture resistant, and will not show the evidence of moisture damage so often associated with older wooden sports floors. Finally, they are sealed with an anti-scratch lacquer, reportedly improving wear resistance. This lacquer is designed not to require a final coat on site, and for water-based line marking paint to be applied directly to the floor without need for further sealing afterwards, all of which is said to result in a considerable cost and time saving.
A range of batten systems is also available, customised to suit various sub-floor conditions and construction heights. All are said to be fully compliant with BS EN14904:2006. Four sub-structure systems are available, providing sports flooring suitable for everything from dance, fitness and small multi-purpose applications (Multi Clip) to large arenas (Pro 1 and Pro 2 systems, both of which meet FIBA requirements), Havwoods says. Both the oak and hevea floors can reportedly be fitted over underfloor heating.