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 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" sports floor.
Unlike and engineered floor, a solid hardwood squash floor from Junckers has no layers of low grade materials that can delaminate, and at 22mm thick it is extremely durable. Junckers unique press drying process makes the wood very strong and results in a sports 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. 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’ sports 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 England Squash and the World Squash Federation, 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.
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.
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. A typical laminated squash court floor can normally be sanded only twice.
Installing a Junckers wood flooring for squash gives clients the benefit of full technical backup throughout the life of the squash floor.
INTERNATIONAL SQUASH REFERENCES
Aberdeen Sports Village, England
University of Cambridge, England
El Gouna Squash Centre, Egypt
Al Ahly Sports Club, Egypt
Qatar University, Qatar
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