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Is it possible to view a list of experts involved in timber flooring for an indoor sports stadium approximately 55 metres x 37 metres floor dimensions?

Woodsolutions Answer +

The best way to source a list of installers specialising in indoor sports floors is to simply enter 'timber sports floors' or similar wording in your browser. You will find names of companies that will be able to discuss the relative merits of 'sprung' floors versus conventional floors, types of timber, maintenance of the floor and similar issues. To help in choosing a contractor you could seek out past customers to obtain their feedback. One point of advice - we suggest you avoid end-matched flooring unless it is supported on a substrate. If end-matched joints (tongue and groove joints on the ends of boards) are located between supports they create a point of weakness if the floor is used for vigorous sports.

Sports floor

Answered on 11-03-2021
Please note that our answer is based on the best advice available at the time. If the National Construction Code, Australian Standards or local requirements have been subsequently amended, our answer may no longer be correct in all details. For more information, please read our disclaimer.

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I'm not too sure what force is necessary for clamping the floorboards together. Reading some of the responses on your site suggest - " don’t cramp the boards together too tightly". Would just forcing the boards by hand and using a hammer and wooden block to line the boards up be enough or clamping the boards so the two joints just touch? Thank you for your informative site.

 

Woodsolutions Answer +

Overcramping floorboards is not recommended, although some tradespeople are of the view that it helps to avoid shrinkage. In fact it simply crushes the edges of the boards. Our Technical Design Guide number 9 on timber floors will be helpful. It can be downloaded via this link https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/publications, and includes the following advice "The pressure used to cramp the boards together will differ from one floor to another, depending on the moisture content of the flooring at installation, the air humidity and the average moisture content conditions for the location. As a general rule, cramping should be sufficient to just bring the edges of adjoining boards together while maintaining a straight line."

Floorboards

Answered on 10-03-2021
Please note that our answer is based on the best advice available at the time. If the National Construction Code, Australian Standards or local requirements have been subsequently amended, our answer may no longer be correct in all details. For more information, please read our disclaimer.

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Fire rated floors charcoal or dark timber colour - what products do you suggest?

Woodsolutions Answer +

The only flooring that's likely to be available in a natural charcoal colour is wenge. You will be able to find images on the net. We don't have details of its fire properties but suppliers of wenge may have this information. The other alternative is to select one of the species that we have tested and stain it a charcoal colour. You will find fire test data in our Regulatory Information Report RIR 21419-05, available for download via this link https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/articles/fire-test-reports.

Wenge

Answered on 27-02-2021
Please note that our answer is based on the best advice available at the time. If the National Construction Code, Australian Standards or local requirements have been subsequently amended, our answer may no longer be correct in all details. For more information, please read our disclaimer.

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