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Indoor Sports Monthly – September 2013

Volume 2, Issue 12

This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly highlights the aesthetic choices for maple hardwood courts and explains the differences between two types of vinyl floor manufacturing.  It also introduces Tarkett's role in the Circular Economy 100, an organization for environmental best practices.

What is the Circular Economy 100?

Earlier this year, Tarkett became one of the first companies to join the “Circular Economy 100.” This group of businesses, created by the Ellen McArthur Foundation, facilitates efforts to create a circular loop of production and reuse. The goal of this process is to minimize effects on the environment and eliminate waste. Visit the Ellen McArthur Foundation website for more information about the Circular Economy 100 and Tarkett’s involvement in the program.

Building Character: The Difference in Maple Grades

If you look at Tarkett Sports' ClutchCourt maple flooring, you will see that each flooring system is available in one of three "grades" of maple: Premium First Grade, Second and Better Grade, and Third Grade. The differences between each grade are primarily aesthetic. A First Grade maple floor has a more uniform surface, with minimal differentiation in the color and grain of each plank. Second Grade maple incorporates some planks of darker color (this grade is generally the most common) and Third Grade includes even more variation in color and grain. It may be tempting to look at maple grades as a "good, better, best" system, but many facilities choose Second or Third Grade planks because it gives the court a unique character and personality. To view grading rules and the visual differences between maple grades, visit the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) website.

Not All Sports Floors are Created Equal

There is a common misconception that all vinyl sports floors are the same. In actuality, there are two processes for making heterogeneous vinyl sports flooring: Calendaring and Coating. In a predominantly calendared product, layers are mixed and produced separately. After production, the layers are combined and fused together to create the final product. On the other hand, a primarily coated product is assembled in one continuous process with virtually zero tension; the layers are poured onto a calendared substrate as it moves through the manufacturing line. Tarkett's Omnisports is an example of a product manufactured using the coating process, which imparts some of its favorable characteristics.

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