Flooring system for sports floors

HAVWOODS says it makes no secret of the fact engineered wood is its surface of choice for many applications, but that sports flooring is not one of them.

‘We remain convinced of the benefits of playing on a solid wood surface but have, of course, been aware of the stability, environmental and cost-efficiency arguments for engineered wood sports floors.

‘We’ve been looking for a system which utilises solid wood yet combats the weaknesses of the better-knows sports floors and we’re delighted to have found it; so delighted that we’ve launched it as our own.’

The performance of a sports floor is dependent on the interaction between the floor surface and its resilient sub-construction, the company says, adding that Havsport floors comprise of 22mm thick solid hardwood planks, in a choice of timbers, and a high-performance range of batten systems customised to suit various sub-floor conditions and construction heights. All are fully compliant with BS EN14904:2006.

‘The 2-strip planks are currently available in beech from Germany, white oak from France (both PEFC certified) and hevea, an under-utilised timber that is a stable as teak yet reaches maturity in just 20 years.’

They are kiln dried, ensuring more even drying; the backsides are lacquered, the edges treated and the ends sealed for optimal moisture resistance, the company says. ‘The stave ends are finger jointed and these and the centre joints are glued.

‘The result is a plank that is exceptionally stable and moisture resistant, and will not show the evidence of moisture damage so often associated with older wooden sports floors.’

Finally, says Havwoods, they’re sealed with an anti-scratch lacquer, vastly improving wear-resistance. ‘This lacquer is designed not to require a final coat onsite, and for water-based line marking paint to be applied directly to the floor without need for further sealing afterwards, all of which results in a considerable cost saving.’

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 meet FIBA requirements).
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