Solid hardwood is the athletes' preference for sports flooring since it provides area elasticity. At Havwoods we stock Junckers 22mm solid beech Sylvasport 2-strip planks in both Premium and Club grades. These beech staves undergo a unique press-drying process which results in exceptional strength and stability, and the two rows are assembled with a carefully machined double dovetail joint. This allows each stave to move individually and so creates a floor which is free from tension.
Having installed more than 20 million square metres of sports flooring all around the world, Junckers can fairly claim superior expertise. Sports flooring is a specialised sector of the industry, and one in which this company has been operating for over 75 years. Their knowledge is considered so extensive that they are represented on the committee responsible for setting recognised European sports flooring standards.
Sports floors are tested for five key areas of performance:
Understandably, a shock-absorbing flooring minimises the risk of injuries. Test results display the percentage of shock energy absorbed by the floor when, for example, landing after a jump.
The floor’s ability to absorb shock depends on its ability to flex when exposed to a dynamic load. The test results display the floor’s vertical deformation in millimetres when exposed to a dynamic impact equivalent to that of light jogging.
Correct ball-bounce increases the ball control and the speed of the game. The test results display the rebound achieved by the floor as a percentage of the rebound measured on a concrete floor
Correct friction is important when ball players move rapidly on the floor and the ideal friction number is between 80 and 110. A friction number less than 80 makes the floor too smooth. A friction number above 110 makes the floor too rough.
The floor’s ability to withstand rolling loads is important in circumstances where items such as carts and retractable seating are to be utilised. Test results display whether or not the floor can withstand a rolling load of 1,500 N (approx. 150 kgs).
Junckers floors are fatigue tested to simulate 25-years of normal usage. They provide low life-cycle costs and are suitable for use over underfloor heating. Like all Junckers 22mm planks their sports floors are BREEAM A+ rated and they are also certified to BSEN 14904 parts A3 and A4