Squash courts need sanding constantly in order to keep the best grip for the players. It’s normally better to sand squash courts on a yearly basis because its not essential to sand off so much wood. If squash court flooring gets sanded early its possible to just make 1 pass with a 60 grit sanding belt instead of starting in a harsher grit, which will remove more wood off of the wooden surface.
Squash court flooring is normally finished to a 60 grit finish without any seal or lacquer over the top. It is possible to either finish the wood flooring to a 40 grit finish as well or to lacquer it also. All of the above comply with England Squash & Racketball specifications, but generally the wooden floors in squash court tend to be finished to a 60 grit finish.
Sanding squash courts not only gives a great surface to play on, but also make the whole squash court look brighter and better. The most popular wood flooring for squash is Junckers SylvaSquash. SylvaSquash comes in lengths of 3.7 meters making less joints and less joints means less damaged boards and less cost to the end user. It is also 22mm thick with the tongue of the board being 14mm from the top surface of the wood, making it possible to sand the flooring more times before it needs replacing. The old alternative to Junckers SylvaSquash beech was 57mm random strip maple. This was a very good product and still is, but the fact it was random length ment that some lengths would too short and there would also be lots of joints over the whole floor. It also wasn’t possible to sand the floor as much as the tongue in the boards wasn’t so far below the top playing surface of the wood. You would also need to replace lots of boards that would get damaged. Many wood floor fitters would also not nail every row of the maple boards to save time when installing the floor.
Squash court floor sanding is a specialist job that should only be carried out by professionals as this will not only achieve a level playing surface for the players, but it will also make your squash floors last longer as the correct amount of wood will be taken off of the floor. Normally DIY or sanding will ruin the floor. Make sure to seek a squash court refurbishment specialist for any work that is required in any squash courts you may have.