Indoor Sports Flooring Monthly – January 2016
Volume 5, Issue 4
Surface friction is a key part of maintaining a safe playing surface for athletes. This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly highlights how cleaning practices can affect friction as well as the appearance of your court.
Join Tarkett Sports at IHRSA 2016
The 35th annual IHRSA Conference will be held March 21 through 24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This event will facilitate networking and learning among those involved in the fitness industry. As an associate member of IHRSA, Tarkett Sports will be exhibiting at booth #3057. Stop by to learn about all of the innovative fitness flooring solutions available through Tarkett Sports, such as the new Dropzone Comfort surface for weight rooms and indoor tracks.
Maintaining Proper Surface Friction
What would happen to a brand new car if it never received the recommended periodic maintenance and the oil was never changed? It would run great for the first few months, but then it would start to show signs of problems. Athletic flooring is much the same way when it comes to surface friction.
All Tarkett Sports athletic flooring is tested for the proper surface friction according to the ASTM F2772 sports standard. This standard verifies that the coefficient of friction falls within the optimal range of 80 to 110, which has been the historical recommendation for basketball and volleyball. Even though a surface may meet this requirement initially, it can change if the floor is not properly cleaned and maintained. If a significant amount of dust and dirt is present, this can create a somewhat movable layer between the athlete and the floor, reducing the effective surface friction.
Thankfully, the answer to this problem is simple. With periodic dust mopping, cleaning, and the use of quality entrance mats, you can preserve the optimal friction that your floor had when it was first installed. For information of the recommended cleaning practices, view the care and maintenance guides at tarkettsportsindoor.com or contact a Tarkett Sports representative for expert advice.
Ever Wonder How Logos are Applied?
Nothing adds visual interest to a playing surface like a center court logo. It can give the space a distinct personality and make it appealing to both spectators and players. So how is a logo applied to the floor? Although some installations use inlay, the most common method involves paint. Even very complex logos can be accomplished using ordinary game line paint and a series of color-separated stencils that build the image step by step. The stencils stick to the floor temporarily while the installer carefully rolls on the painted layer. This process is repeated, stencil after stencil, color after color, until the logo is finished. For your next sports flooring project, try adding character and interest to the court with a painted center court logo.
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