It is a sweltering early midsummer afternoon. The sun is beating down through the skylights and onto the tennis courts: The hall inside is only slightly cooler than outside. The thermometer reads 36 degrees. The five Sportbau HL floor-layers are perspiring already: Some have rid themselves of their T-shirts and are working bare-chested. The site radio is blaring pop music – right now it is Uncle Krackers “Follow me”. “Turn the sound up!” shout two workers busy sanding the filler in a corner of the hall. Music tends to speed up the process.
The floor-layers have put in some hours of preparatory work already: The old flooring had to be ripped out and the floor sanded down. Completely new sports flooring was called for – not a shred of the old flooring must remain. The experts opted specifically for STAUF D 54 for floor undercoating: The adhesion and priming concentrate has a very high coverage and is quick-drying – important properties for such large areas and tight schedules. D 54 also contains no solvents and has very low-emissions – another important argument here, considering that the floor-layers will spend many working hours in the closed hall.
A sure grip, even under high stress
The pallet with SP TEXTILE dispersion adhesive is waiting at the centre of the hall, ready for use. Large rolls of green needle-punched flooring and the rollers are ready nearby – the floor-layers will need these later to ensure that the sports flooring is securely glued down full faced. Whilst the filler is still being sanded down in a corner – some 30 square meters needed touching up with the durable filling and repair compound STAUF RM – two Sportbau HL staff have already started laying at the centre of the hall: The green needle-punched flooring is securely glued down with STAUF SP TEXTILE. This dispersion adhesive is particularly suited to textile sports flooring. It was developed for a long service life, especially under high stress; with the hard adhesive groove also reducing seam shrinkage. “Apart from this, SP TEXTILE will strongly adhere right from the start, to make laying easier”, explains floor-layer Siegmund Zotter, taking a big gulp from his water bottle before continuing.
Voices are coming from a few courts away, with every now and then the thunk of a hard serve – business will continue as usual, since not all the courts are being renovated simultaneously. The floor-layers from Gunskirchen are not distracted at all. One of them is busy recessing the needle felt on an almost completed court, for marking the field: The material for the white lines which the tennis players will, of course, need for orientation, is prepared already - on rolls. It will later be cut using a dual blade knife, before bonding them into place. Yet a lot of sweat is sure to be spilt before all the courts are renovated. But one thing is for sure after completion of the renovation phase: Great tennis. And with STAUF as the reliable partner, the floor-layers from Upper Austria will keep their eyes on the ball.