School Holidays – Perfect for Court Maintenance

With the School Holidays currently upon us it’s timely to consider cyclical maintenance of your sprung timber sports flooring, by Nellakir the premier supplier of quality sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania.

Whether it’s re-coating, re-sanding or re-marking of court lines, Nellakir will schedule your required maintenance during the term 2 holidays from the 30th of June to the 15th of July, providing a full premium service that ensures the best possible surface upon the commencement of Term 3.

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With many school courts now doubling as Community facilities, wear and tear on the timber surface is much higher with constant use. Many such courts constructed under the State Government’s PPP programs (Public Private Partnerships) see usage day and night, 7 days per week with Basketball, Netball, Badminton, Volleyball and gymnastics all utilising this premium sport flooring. Competitions range from school to Junior, Adult and Veteran formats with local leagues embracing the new facilities with enthusiasm.

Maintenance programs include re-surfacing of existing sprung timber floors in stadiums, halls and gymnasiums as well as timber flooring in churches and community centres.

Re-coating should occur every 12 months and periodically it will be necessary to re-sand floors, then re-coat and provide new line marking.

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Grip is the most important factor with Timber Sports Flooring. Re-coating maintains this grip and is aesthetically pleasing. Re-sanding is required within 7–12 years. It removes buildups that occur due to re-coating and returns the floor to its original state.

Ultimately there comes a time when the flooring itself will require replacement. Nellakir use the proprietary sports flooring system of ASF Horner, a tried and true system used widely throughout Australia on Competition Sports Flooring in major stadiums nationally.

Call Nellakir now on 9467 6126 and arrange a free quotation on all your Sprung Timber Sports Flooring requirements – construction or maintenance.

Select the best – Nellakir, for expert construction and programmed maintenance of all sports flooring.

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Book now for Summer Break Timber Sports Flooring Maintenance

Times have changed. No longer do kids have to play the game on an uneven and risky asphalt court. The Government has constructed a purpose built, multi-discipline sports stadium at your school with a fabulous sprung timber sports floor. It ensures the very best surface for premium competition and is well used during school hours. After hours it is extremely popular with local basketball, netball and volleyball competitions. In essence it is a popular facility. Weekends see adult competitions and junior grades all enjoying the games of the hoop.

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Nellakir constructed the Sports Flooring for the State Basketball Centre

Which all makes for real wear and tear – timber is a ‘living’ material. It requires regular treatment so ensure it maintains bounce and surface regularity. Line markings probably need re-doing on a busy court at least once a year. The surface of the court has a specialist coating of polyurethanes that enable the glide, the speed and reliability players depend upon in all levels of competition. On busy court surfaces this needs re-coating annually.

Nellakir has constructed and laid down many of the better known Basketball Stadium floors, including the State Basketball Centre in Knoxfield, the Casey Stadium in Dandenong, Eagle Stadium in Werribee and are currently completing works on the Bendigo Stadium. As well, Nellakir constructed the feature sprung timber courts at the State Netball Centre in Royal Park.

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Sprung Timber Sports Floors at Eagle Stadium, constructed by Nellakir

Nellakir provides precision designed timber flooring and state of the art stadium seating. And it is for this reason that it’s the best decision to engage Nellakir for the precision upkeep and maintenance of your valued asset, on all your sprung timber floored competition courts and flooring.

Nellakir can revitalise your flooring with a full re-sanding, re-coating, linemarking and replacement of worn or damaged flooring. It requires real understanding and expertise to maintain a balance across the whole court area of the old and new when timber flooring is ever replaced. Alternatively it may now be time to consider a complete refurbishment of the existing flooring, through re-stumping and re-laying a new floor. Nellakir offer the very best options in Victoria and Tasmania.

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State Netball Centre Sprung Timber Court Flooring by Nellakir

Book now to ensure your Sports Flooring or Sprung Timber Flooring is maintained correctly. Nellakir can provide all maintenance services conveniently over the Christmas/New Year Summer break for all schools and sporting clubs.

You can simply call now on 03 9467 6126 or place your details here and our friendly staff will arrange a time for a no obligation free quote.

Nellakir operates state wide in Victoria and Tasmania and welcome your interest. Give us a call and discover how easy it is to restore your facility to its premium condition.

Nellakir – for expert construction and programmed maintenance of all Sports Flooring.

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Nellakir helps young athletes reach their goals by providing the highest quality Sprung Timber Sports Floor playing surfaces.

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Nellakir – The Professional Choice for Sports Floor Maintenance and Construction

For Nellakir this is a busy time of the year. It’s School Holidays! So on top of our busy construction schedule, this is the time we carry out mandatory cyclical maintenance on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Schools and Community Venues. Recoating, linemarking and ensuring that your competition court has the requisite bounce and traction.

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Right now Nellakir are doing recoats on 26 courts at different locations. included are the following…MBC_Nellakir_Knox_02a for brochure

  • Camberwell Girls Grammar
  • Casterton Secondary School
  • William Ruthuen College
  • Brentwood Secondary College
  • Barwon Heads Primary School
  • St Francis Xavier College
  • Kismet Park Primary School
  • Highton Christian College
  • Mount Ridley P12 College
  • Yarraville West Primary School
  • Urban Camp (also repairs)
  • St Josephs College
  • Lalor East Primary School
  • Torquay College
  • Wellington Secondary College
  • Christian College Geelong
  • Northern Bay P12 College
  • Federation University Australia (also repairs)
  • Wesley College Melbourne – Glen Waverly Campus
  • Wesley College Melbourne – St Kilda Rd Campus
  • Mansfield Sporting Complex
  • Ballarat and Clarendon College (linemarking)
  • Werribee West Family Centre (resanding)
  • Errol St North Melbourne (repair)

When you contract Nellakir, you’re ensuring a professional finish, backed by real experience and understanding. For Nellakir a sprung timber floor is a living thing, an asset that must be maintained and cared for from the day it is constructed. And being the leading constructor and builder of elite sprung timber sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and other ancillary competition courts, Nellakir know and understand what is required to keep your court or flooring in premium condition.

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Nellakir can provide effective and professional repairs to all timber sports flooring. A full maintenance program is provided to the management teams of all courts constructed by Nellakir. Or if you would like to take advantage of the Nellakir professional program, don’t hesitate to call on 03 9467 6126 for a proposed plan and a free no obligation quote.

Many of the timber sports flooring courts being built by the State Government in both new and existing schools double as Community assets in the evenings and on weekends.

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Nellakir are now taking bookings for the Christmas break, scheduling Recoatings, Sandings, Annual Linemarking, removal and refittings, repairs or total resurfacing. Book now either by calling 03 9467 6126 or by leaving your contact details and request here [LINK] and we will contact you to arrange a site visit and/or Quotation.

Move up to a totally professional approach to your Competition Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. Engage Nellakir and experience the best.

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At Nellakir we create Sports Flooring for Champions. With leading edge technology from Australian Sports Floors Horner Pty Ltd, Nellakir have constructed courts at the State Basketball Centre Knox, The State Netball and Hockey Centre, Royal Park and many other well known premium competition locations.

Go with Nellakir – and you’re on a winner. For all Sprung Timber Flooring state wide – Victoria and Tasmania. Go with the professionals.

 

What Makes Sports Flooring Different?

This week we have provided an interesting article from the US version of Home and Garden. The Author Charles W. Bryant provides some interesting insights into ‘What makes Sports Flooring different?’. View the full article.

Nellakir provide a full maintenance program and will make suitable recommendations with regards to the care, maintenance and cleaning of your competition grade sprung timber flooring.

“On a cold December day in 1891, the first basketball game was played at Springfield College. The game was the brainchild of Dr. James Naismith, who was working for the YMCA training school at the time. Naismith was handed the task of making up an indoor game that snow-bound children could play. In short, the YMCA wanted to wear some rowdy kids out during the harsh New England winters. Naismith fixed two peach baskets to the wall, documented the 13 original rules, and a sport was born.”

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Photo of the world’s first Basketball team

Springfield College is credited with having the world’s first basketball court. A simple black and white photograph of that court sold at auction in 2006 for just over $19,000.

The flooring of that gym was made of maple wood planks. As it turns out, the early builders of gymnasiums were right on the money, and sports flooring today is still made from maple. The main reason maple is used is because of how hard and hearty it is. Not only are bowling alley floors made from maple, but oftentimes the pins are as well.

[NB. In Australia, Ash, Messmate and Tasmanian Oak are the preferred Timbers]

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Maple (the preferred timber in the US and Canada for Sports Flooring) is strong, stiff and resistant to scuffing and scratching. It also has good shock resistance, meaning it can take a pounding from thousands of hours of heavy use on a gym floor without suffering damage. When maple is installed in US homes, it will likely be sitting on top of a cement slab or a subfloor made of softer wood like Douglas fir or pine.

Sports flooring is completely different. The floor of a gymnasium needs to have some give and flex. While you may not realise it, every time your foot hits the floor of a basketball court, it sinks slightly and springs back. Of course you don’t want this to be noticeable, otherwise you’d feel like you were playing hoops on a trampoline. The idea is that the floor absorbs some of the shock, resulting in less wear and tear on an athlete’s body. It’s called an orthopedic surface. A restaurant kitchen floor may have a thin layer of padding on top for the same reason. If you’re on your feet all day, it can make a big difference in your fatigue level.

There are many types of subflooring for a gymnasium, but they all have the same concept in mind — to help reduce the impact on your lower back, ankles and knees. One of the most common types of subflooring systems used today for gymnasiums incorporates round rubber pads under a plywood subfloor. The pads are small rubber discs filled with air, set about 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) apart from each other over the entire area of the floor. Think of a fancy athletic shoe that uses air-cushioned soles, and you have the right idea. This padding gives the court the spring necessary to combat fatigue and injury.

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The finishing of a sports floor is a little different than your average home hardwood, as well. Once a sports floor is sanded smooth, it gets two coats of polyurethane sealant. Glossy urethane is preferred on most courts to give it a nice shiny appearance. Once these two coats are down and cured, the game lines and graphics are painted on. The game lines are the markers for the basketball court — out-of-bounds lines, half-court lines, three-point lines and the key.

The graphics are whatever the owner of the court wants. If it’s a school, it will likely be the logo for the university or high school. If it’s a private gym like the YMCA, it will be the corporate logo. After the logos and games lines are on, it’s time for the finishing coats. This means two to three more coats of urethane. By the end of the process, the game lines and graphics are buried under the top coat and are essentially part of the floor.

Just like with your home hardwood, a sports floor needs to be sanded with a sanding screen between each coat of sealant and finishing urethane. A sanding screen doesn’t take off as much urethane as regular sandpaper — it’s more like a fine buff. After the floor is sanded with the screen it needs to be completely cleaned of dust and debris before the next coat of urethane is applied.

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Most gymnasiums are for public use and get a heavy dose of daily traffic. Manufacturers and installers of sports floors recommend that they be screened and recoated once a year to help the surface perform like it should. The process of screening and coating is the same as it is during installation. A single pass is made with a circular sander using a fine screen, and one layer of urethane is applied to the top. Think of each pass with the sander and urethane topper as a brand new top layer to your floor. The same thing applies to your home hardwood floor, although it’s not necessary to do so once per year.

A gym floor takes a couple of days to screen and recoat and it’s typically ready for basketball after about 72 hours of curing. If the gymnasium is commonly used for other nonathletic purposes it may need more than one screen and recoat per year. One example is a high school gym that’s also used for assemblies and school dances. Chairs, tables and non-sneaker shoes can wear out a gym floor much quicker than if it’s only used for sports and recreation.

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Keeping a gymnasium floor clean is the most important factor in how long it will last. Dirt and dust are enemies of any hardwood. Dirt from the bottom of your shoe will act like a fine abrasive and wear away the flooring with every step you take. Ideally, a sports floor is cleaned on a daily basis. If you really want to protect and maintain your gym floor, it should be dry mopped between each activity. This will help to remove the dirt and dust. The daily cleaning should be done each evening with a wet mop. The wet mop will clean up all the fluids that can collect on a gym floor — think sweat and Gatorade.

The wet cleaning should use warm water and a floor cleaner made specifically for cleaning sports flooring. These are water-based concentrates that clean the floor without leaving behind any residue. Wet cleaning the floor will keep the surface traction nice and tight. You don’t want your star point guard slipping because of improper maintenance.

Maple and the timbers used here in Australia are ideal not only for strength and durability, but also because the grain of the wood is extremely tight. The fine fibers help to keep it from splintering and also keep dirt and dust from finding a home “between the cracks.” If the dirt is unable to firmly root in the grain, then it’s easier to clean up, giving your sports floor and longer life span.

The Worlds Best Performance Sports Flooring

Nellakir are the exclusive distributors for Australasian Sports Floors Horner and Horner Flooring. For Nellakir’s clients and customers this means access to the worlds best performance flooring.

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High performance Sports Flooring for competition basketball courts

ASF and Horner Flooring was selected and utilised at a range of prestigious basketball competitions conducted at the very highest levels. These have included the Olympic Games – both Sydney 2000 and the previous Los Angeles Championships of Basketball, the World university Games, the PAN American Games, the Goodwill Games, the European Championships and since 1983 every NCAA Final Four Games and NBA All Stars Games.

It is obvious that the surface provided is in fact the very best, most technologically advanced playing surface available to major competition basketball worldwide.

As Distributors for ASF/Horner, Nellakir is the only manufacturer and supplier of genuine FIBA approved Timber Sports Flooring systems.

Flooring systems are both ‘sustainable’ and carry ‘Forestry Certification’ on all flooring.

The timbers used are selected from natural resources (forests) with the appropriate growth patterns to sustain both the usage of these resources and the ongoing harvesting of selected timbers. This is called ‘long growth forestry’. Timber flooring utilising this system is labelled PRS and ST offering a range of flooring. Forestry Certified Flooring provides a complete, certified history of any hardwood surface selected and supplied to Nellakir clients.

Timber Sports Flooring Systems

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Stump Thrust timber sports flooring system at the State Netball & Hockey Centre by Nellakir Sports Floors

Nellakir offer the full ASF Horner range of sports flooring. These are branded as follows:

  • Pro King – preferred and used by many NBA, NBL and IFNA teams. This is the surface used in the Sydney Olympics and in NBA, IFNA matches now.
  • PR Systems – there are three PR cushion systems available each offering a surface that is shock absorbing and fatigue reducing.
  • ST Systems – this is the ‘Stump Thrust Floor system’. When combined with the PR™, Stump™ or Thrust-A-Cushion™ pads, the system provides the highest level of player comfort for this type of construction.

The Stump Thrust™ system has been utilised at Victoria’s State Netball and Hockey Centre, the Waverly Netball Centre, Loretto College and the Veneto Club by Nellakir.

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Nellakir installed high performance timber sports floor playing surfaces as well as retractable seating at the State Netball & Hockey Centre

Over the coming months Nellakir will provide more information and detail in these news bulletins and blogs for all prospective and current users on different floor types, the benefits and maintenance required . but rest assured that in selecting Nellakir to construct and maintain your competition courts with sprung timber sports flooring, you are engaging the industry’s leading craftsmen who will provide you, your competition and your participants with the very best surface available – for the life of that surface when expertly maintained.

Casey Regional Basketball and Netball Facility

The Casey Regional Basketball and Netball facility Sports Flooring Construction has now commenced.

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Sprung Timber Sports Flooring by Nellakir

“Nellakir – Master Craftsmen – For Expert Construction and Programmed Maintenance of All Sports Flooring”

At the highest level of competition there is only one acceptable surface for a Basketball, Netball or Volleyball Court – Sprung Timber Flooring.

Nellakir – The Sports Flooring for Champions

And now Victoria (and Tasmania’s) leading supplier of competition timber sports flooring, Nellakir, is about to commence its newest project – the Casey Regional Basketball and Netball facility in Cranbourne East. This is a combined funding effort by the Victorian State Government, the City of Casey and the Casey Basketball Association.

The overall project builders, Devco, have contracted Nellakir, the leading sports flooring construction company in Victoria, to complete 5 new courts. Each court is competition regulation compliant using Victorian Ash as its sprung timber flooring. Nellakir are recognised as Victoria and Tasmania’s leading suppliers and master craftsmen in the construction of sprung timber sports flooring

With these 5 new courts, this provides 10 courts in total at the facility. The South East corridor is Victoria’s fastest growing suburban corridor with many young families and students living, working and studying there. Sport provides a unique and rewarding pathway to adulthood for many young people. Basketball is appealing across the many ethnicities and cultural groupings that make up the population of Casey.

These courts will be FIBA (International Basketball Federation) certified. The new facility will feature a Premier Show Court with seating for 1500 people. The targeted completion date will be during February 2017.

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FIBA Certified, Sprung Timber Basketball Court Construction

With more space, the Casey Basketball Association can plan for greater competitions and higher participation over coming years.

Casey Council estimates over 750,000 visitors will use the new facility every year. The association has scheduled the first competition tournament to be held on the new courts at the facility over the Labour Day Weekend of 2017.

With Junior and Domestic competitions all the way through to the Casey Cavaliers Big V teams, competitors from across the entire South East region of Melbourne are excitedly anticipating the completion and opening of the $18 million complex in early 2017.