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Sports hall, Gymnasium and Sports Equipment Installation and Refurbishes
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Gymnasium and Sports floors

We sand, seal and refurbish all wood floors, apply all sports court markings and install wood and polyurethane sports, gymnasium and dance floors. We also install any required anchors or sockets for games posts or gymnastic apparatus.

Court marking for all sports floors

We apply painted court markings on almost all sports surfaces and for all sports and other specialist markings. We apply

  • Court markings on wood, polyurethane and vinyl floors
  • Court markings on external tarmac, concrete and rubber surfaces
  • Court painting/block painting on tarmac for tennis, netball, basketball and five a side

Floor sanding and sealing, wood sports floors refurbish

We sand and seal all wood floors to restore them to almost new condition. We

  • Sand and seal sports hall laminate and solid wood floors
  • Sand and seal parquet block floors
  • Sand and seal Granwood floors
  • Sand and rough squash court floors
  • Sand/refurbish/re-surface polyurethane floors

Floor sockets and anchors for games posts

We install floor sockets and anchors and floor socket covers in most sports surfaces indoors or outside. We install

  • Floor anchors for games posts
  • Sockets for games posts
  • Socket covers for sports floors
  • Gymnastics floor anchors
  • PE equipment floor locating plates

Polyurethane sports floors

We install polyurethane sports and general purpose floors in new buildings and as an upgrade or refurbish of an existing sports floor.

  • General purpose sports polyurethane floor
  • Low resistance polyurethane floor for roller blading and wheelchair sports
  • Spike proof polyurethane floor
  • Resurface of existing worn polyurethane floors

Wood sports floors and dance floors

We install wood sports floors for squash courts, dance studios, gymnasia and sports halls, for refurbishes, upgrades or new builds.

  • Solid and laminate sprung wood floors
  • Squash court floors
  • Dance floors
  • Latex screeds
  • Epoxy damp proof membranes
  OG Technical - Selecting sports floors

Main types of sports floor

  • Solid eg wood laid direct to sub floor, composite or carpet
  • Area elastic eg wood or composite laid on a sprung batten system
  • Point elastic eg polyurethane and cushioned vinyl
  • Multilastic eg polyurethane and cushioned vinyl laid on a sprung batten system

Factors influencing choice

  • Initial cost
  • Additional costs - see below
  • Cleaning/maintenance costs
  • Repair costs
  • Longevity/life expectancy
  • Range of activities eg basketball, badminton, netball, five a side, volleyball, hockey, tennis, cricket, exams and assemblies, community functions, dance/disco, aerobics, rollerskating or multi-use
  • Standards of activities eg International/competition, County/club or recreational
  • Aesthetics/colours
  • Performance qualities eg required for a particular sport or multi-use - see next

Performance qualities of sports floors

  • Stability - a floor should form a continuous surface without joints that affect playing performance or create a hazard
  • Rebound resilience (ball to surface) - represents the ratio of energy returned when a ball bounces and therefore the height and speed of rebound. Different sports have different requirements but it should be even over the area
  • Rebound resilience (person to surface) - represents the "spring" in a floor. Too little will be tiring, too much will be comparable with a gymnastic floor area or trampoline and feel unnatural
  • Stiffness - most important for minimising injuries as a softer surface is more forgiving but also more tiring. For wheelchair sports or rollerskating/blading a stiffer floor that will reduce rolling resistance might be preferred but for basketball a more forgiving surface would be more suitable
  • Friction - a surface needs to have sufficient friction to provide traction and prevent accidental slipping but not too much to restrict sliding or turning or cause friction burns
  • Rolling resistance - a surface should be even and consistent for the required sports or games eg a hard surface might be excellent for wheelchair users but not for bowls
  • Spin (ball to surface) - for sports such as tennis and cricket the surface friction and stiffness will influence ball spin which is critical to the game
  • Recovery from impact - a surface should return to its original level after point impact especially as a result of equipment such as seating being set out
  • Load bearing - all sports surfaces should be designed to withstand a 5kN/m2 load to comply with BS6399
  • Wear resistance - a surface should resist wear from normal use and be chosen to resist wear from intended non sporting activities
  • Safety/physical injury - physical injury may occur through impact causing bruises, friction burns, muscle fatigue or bone fractures. A surface should have the stiffness, roughness, resilience and friction appropriate for the type of user
  • Physical properties - a surface should conform with toxicity and fire regulations
  • Environmental - a surface needs to work within the existing building or local conditions eg humidity, temperature, risk of flood
  • Visual - a surface should have sufficient reflectance for the required sports and colour to make an attractive environment
  • Other - a surface should provide adequate sound deadening, heat insulation and light reflection for the particular installation

Additional factors (potential costs) to consider

  • The sub floor must have a level finish. Most floors require a surface levelled to +/-2mm over a 2m area
  • The receiving substrate must not have excessive moisture content. Most floors will require a relative humidity reading not exceeding 75% (or moisture not exceeding 5%) (for new buildings there may not be sufficient time allowed for the slab to dry naturally so a surface DPM may be required)
  • Floor materials are bulky and may need special secure storage facilities on site. Wood floors in particular generally need time to acclimatise to the site conditions prior to installation
  • Unfinished wood floors will require sanding and probably sealing after installation and the dust created during the sanding process will need to be cleaned after (if the area cannot be sealed off the dust will travel)
  • Different floors have different finished heights from the sub floor. For new builds the floor needs to be chosen early in the design. For refurbishes any raising or lowering of levels needs to allowed for in budgets