X CRAFT partners with VersaCourt to provide the best, most affordable sports courts for our clients. It’s a suspended tile surface designed for assemblage on a flat, hard subsurface. What goes into installing VersaCourt sports tiles?
Preparing The Ground For VersaCourt Tiles
Many of the courts that we sell will go over existing concrete slabs, driveways or other surfaces, limiting subsurface preparation. However, some clients don’t have this prepared surface; before we put down the VersaCourt tile system for them, the X CRAFT team must ensure that the ground is suitable. Preparing the ground can be the most work-heavy part of the project, but it’s important to get a level VeraCourt playing surface.
What we do all depends on the ground, but this is the general process:
- Our team marks the court layout on the ground, checking for underground obstructions like power lines, sprinkler systems, and septic tanks.
- We then remove sod with a sod stripper, saving some for backfill around the court after installing the base.
- The X CRAFT team will then compact the ground with a ride-on roller or plate compactor.
- We use a Laser Transit to set the forms, then roll out and stake down Geotextile material using sod stakes positioned every six feet.
- Next, we have to add 2” – 3” of crushed stone. If the ground is not level, we use the crushed stone as fill rather than soil, as this can settle and affect the levels of the sports court.
- Our team then compacts the stone, spraying water over the crushed stone before compaction, if necessary; this will help the stone compact better.
- We apply 1”-2” stone screenings, filling to the top of the forms. We level the stone screening using devices like a speed mover or drag mat, using a hand roller for final compaction.
- Once the ground is ready, we apply the concrete and rubber matting.
Most courts using the VersaCourt process should be laid down on a four-inch-thick concrete base using #4 rebar reinforcement. While other materials, like asphalt, can work as a base, concrete tends to be more durable, maximizing the playability.
VersaCourt tiles are quite strong, and we can lay them over structural cracks that are no wider than half-an-inch. Any cracks should be faceted or rounded to give the surface a more consistent ball bounce; it also ensures that the tiles don’t catch when the floor expands and contracts.
Planning Out The VersaCourt Tiles
VersaCourt makes installing the tiles easy! Our team follows a diagram to ensure every piece and colour ends up in the right spot. It’s a simple process of locating the correct panel number on the diagram, finding the corresponding tile, and laying that tile in place.
We start in one corner with the hook end of the tiles facing to the right and down – in other words, pointing towards the corner. We then continue in numerical order, moving across the diagram until all panels are in place. As we lay them down, we make sure the basketball lane lines, tennis lines, logos, and other components are where they should be concerning the goal and the diagram.
Snap The VersaCourt Tiles Into Place!
Once this is complete, we lock the tiles together. Starting with Tile #1 in the corner, we gently step on the seams and move across your court in the same order we laid the tiles down. Gently stepping on the seams causes the hook-ends to press into the receiver end, giving the court a strong grip that won’t move as you play on the surface.
It’s important that we perform the locking process gently. Too much force on the hook and receivers can damage the court and prevent it from being smooth and level.
The partnership between X CRAFT and VersaCourt makes sports court installation an easy process – and one that you can afford!