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Sports flooring is highly specialised product:

Flowcrete UK saysits FlowSport flooring system delivers a flexible composite surface, geared to the needs of sporting environments with exceptional sustainability credentials.

Said to combine safety and performance with good looks, the product is designed for areas including gymnasiums and indoor sports venues – and 60% of the floor system is made from recycled vehicle tyres.
When applied over a suitable base, the flooring reportedly gives a resilient, uniform, seamless and durable finish, which is hard-wearing, and both abrasion and impact resistant. It is also said to eliminate glare and light reflection, is easy to clean and maintain – and provides a cushioned effect that delivers generous spring and give in the floor.

Court lines and area markings can be applied in internationally recognised colours and FlowSport can be installed in conjunction with Isowarm underfloor heating system for maximum comfort. www.flowcrete.co.uk

Gerflor saysitsupplied50,000sq m of flooring for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This was reportedly the 10th consecutive

OlympicGamesforwhichGerflorhas provided its Taraflex Sports Flooring. Recommended by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB, the International Volleyball Federation) and the International Handball Federation (IHF), Gerflor supplied over 17,500sq m in Taraflex sports flooring. This involved the installation of 10 volleyball courts in four venues, eight handball courts in three venues, and five sitting-volleyball courts in

two venues.

To be selected as a sports-equipment supplier for the Olympic Games a company must be recommended by international federations that are aware of the products’ merits. Olympic suppliers must also provide a ‘global and tailored solution’.

Following months of discussions with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to determine specific requirements, Gerflor developed a tailor-made offer: Taraflex Sport M Evolution Eco-Fit.

This free-floating Eco-Fit system is claimedtobeeconomicalandecological. The system reportedly reduces the use of adhesive and volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions by 80%.

The material used is said to be easy to recycle when it is no longer needed, saving up to 50% of resources, in comparison with a standard solution.

Gerflor provided a complete solution from manufacturing to delivery, installation, technical assistance and dismantling for all volleyball, sitting-volleyball and handball competitions at London 2012. The company reportedly also supplied 30,000sq m of Tarasafe flooring for the temporary structures and grandstand seating for the London Games.

It also supplied 6,000sq m in Tarabus Helios NT flooring for 100 double-decker buses. A special colour was developed to equip these buses. www.gerflor.co.uk

K ä h r s designed Reflex Sports’ maple strip sports floor for installation at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, London. Over 1,000sq m was specified through all 10 studios, installed by Reflex for main contractor, Coniston. It was laid over a resilient understructure system; a durable sports finish satin lacquer was applied after installation.

As part of the extensive refurbishment, the sports floor was specified to provide performance benefits whilst complementing the ecclesiastic architecture.

The EN Standard compliant system is claimed to provide superior shock absorption, giving protection against injury and improved energy return, so that performers tire less quickly. The sports and performance prefinish reportedly also provided the correct traction, whilst promoting easy maintenance and providing durability. ww.reflexsports.co.uk www.kahrs.co.uk Reflex Sports T: 0800 345 7085

M a p e i says it supports sports in many fields and has been involved in many prestigious sporting events throughout the world.

The company manufactures a range of adhesives and preparation products for adhering interior and exterior sports floors such as running tracks, artificial tennis courts and football pitches, as well as products for stadia’s concourses, restaurants, bars, and changing areas.

Mapei reports having successfully bonded many types of tracks and sports floors with Adesilex G19 and Adesilex G20. Both products are two-component epoxy polyurethane adhesives for internal or external use on new or existing substrates.

Once cured the products are said to be unaffected by wet weather or severe temperature variations.
Adesilex G19 is designed for bonding rubber, PVC, semi-flexible vinyl sheet and tile, textile and linoleum floorcoverings.

Alternatively Adesilex G20 is designed for bonding thin rubber flooring, semi-flexible homogeneous and heterogenerous PVC tile and sheet, textile and linoleum.

BUYERS’ GUIDE

For further information on any of the products mentioned, contact the suppliers directly. And please remember to tell them that you read about their companies in CFJ:

Flowcrete – 01270 753333
Forbo – 0800 0282162
Gerflor – 01926 622600
Kahrs – 023 9245 3045
Mapei – 0121 508 6970

This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.