Squash court flooring
There’s no question – the floor in a squash court has to be top notch.
In fast paced games like squash and racquetball, the squash floor should give the player freedom of movement, optimal ball bounce and protection against injuries. A solid beech floor has proved itself to be the best option in preference to all the other types of floor that might be used for squash courts.
The ideal squash court floor
The case for a solid beech squash court floor in preference to laminated wood floors was made decades ago, offering the best surface for players at all levels. Junckers recommend the 22mm thick solid Beech SylvaSquash as the “go-to” floor.
Junckers unique press drying process makes our squash floor very strong and results in a wooden floor that is inherently stable throughout the natural cycle of humidity changes during the year.
A squash court floor must have a high level of ”grip”. Junckers Beech SylvaSquash floorboards are unsealed and have a slightly roughened surface, which provides the right level of friction whether the surface is wet or dry, and so keeps risk of injury to an absolute minimum.
While the surface of the squash floor is important, what is also vital to a squash floor is what goes underneath. The undercarriage system has a direct bearing on the performance of the floor.
EN 14904 STANDARD
All Junckers’ sports flooring systems have unique area elastic properties to ensure optimal shock absorption in accordance with the European EN 14904 standard. This means Junckers’ floors are proven as suitable for squash courts at the highest level.
A squash floor that complies with EN 14904 cat A3 or A4, as well as the technical requirements of World Squash Federation and England Squash, will have defined limits for shock absorption and surface deflection. The standards relate both to safety and technical properties including friction, rolling load, vertical deformation, shock absorption and ball bounce.
POINT LOAD TEST
In addition to the European standard, Junckers has added two further internal tests to demonstrate the strength and longevity of their floors. A fatigue test where the floor is exposed to a series of controlled, dynamic point impacts of 300kg no less than 100,000 times, which simulates the equivalent of 25 years of normal use; and a point load test.
A durable squash court floor
Not only is a squash floor from Junckers one of the safest and best performing wood floors on the market, they can be sanded between eight and ten times during their lives. In terms of life cycle cost and investment value this makes them unbeatable.
Full technical backup
Installing a Junckers wood flooring for squash gives clients the benefit of full technical backup throughout the life of the squash floor.
Easy maintenance of your squash court floor
Day to day maintenance is fast and simple using Junckers purpose made cleaning products. Longer term the wooden dance floor can be cleaned and resealed to keep the wood protected.
Solid hardwood squash courts flooring - the best choice for the environment
But one of the reasons that so many designers and clients choose a solid hardwood floor is its life span and low life cycle costs. A Junckers dance floor can be refurbished between eight and ten times during its life by sanding and sealing it. This also makes it one of the best environmental choices. Solid hardwood is a natural material, carbon neutral, has low embodied energy, is easily recycled. It has such a long life span that its impact upon the environment is significantly less than shorter lived materials. Vinyl is derived from crude oil, cannot be recycled and so imposes a large burden on landfill. Its life span is about one quarter of that of hardwood so four vinyl floors will be manufactured and disposed of for every one hardwood floor.
The hardwood that Junckers uses is FSC®, PEFC™ or SFI certified, fully sustainable and carbon neutral, it is very easy to recycle at the end of its 60 year plus life span.
Pre-finished surface for your squash court floor
Junckers solid hardwood floor systems are pre-finished, fast to install and cost effective. This all helps the installer to keep to his schedule and means that the owner will have minimal “down time” before the studio will be ready for use. A solid hardwood floor offers unbeatable life cycle costs and the initial cost will be less that a similar synthetic floor finish, with all the low carbon and environmental benefits that solid hardwood brings.
Choose the right sports system for your squash court flooring
INTERNATIONAL SQUASH REFERENCES
El Gouna Squash Centre, Egypt
Al Ahly Sports Club, Egypt
Black Ball Cairo, Egypt
Qatar University, Qatar
Aberdeen Sports Village, England
University of Cambridge, England
You can also download our brochure on wooden sport floors for squash and racket ball here:
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