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SPORTS FLOORING


MAKING YOUR MARK


Many forget, that after a sports floor is installed, it’s not yet ready to play ball. Regulations and markings must be added to seal the deal. Seamus Murphy, of McKay Flooring, talks Tomorrow’s Flooring through the frequently asked questions associated with court markings on a sports floor.


Let’s start from the beginning. Any sports facility will have installed a floor with a purpose in mind. The surface is down. Now all that’s needed are the markings. Where do you begin?


“A wooden sports floor should be professionally machine sanded and re lacquered (three coats of water-based polyurethane sports lacquer) first” starts Seamus.


“It must then be buffed with a fine screen pad to form a key for the sports paint to adhere to. Once the lines


have been marked out with masking tape, painted and let to set, the entire floor then has to have a final coat of sports lacquer applied to seal in and protect the lines.


“To successfully carry out court markings it is imperative that the work is carried out in a controlled environment - the room is clean and dust free, the heating can be controlled (too cold and it won't dry, too hot and the lines may crack) and also that the humidity is within allowed tolerances.


“Paint is recommended as the most hard wearing


sport line method. A tape or stick down method is also available but is not as durable or as easy to repair and maintain as painting the lines.


“Various courts take different times to mark and paint based on size, shape, curves etc. The amount of courts and amount of operatives allotted to the particular job is obviously the biggest factor in determining time scales. Drying times will also impact this.


“Sports court paint takes between eight and 24 hours


to cure and dry. The additional overcoat of lacquer will also take between eight and 24 hours to fully cure. Drying times are determined by the heat and humidity of the sports hall area.”


With these points in mind, it’s time to get the markings on.


Seamus continued:“The Sports lines marking operatives work from the Sports England / Sports


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