What bowling lanes are made of
When opening a bowling club, an entrepreneur is faced with the task of choosing equipment. Given the specifics of the game, all materials must be strong and durable. It is necessary to start the selection of equipment from the track. This is the most expensive part of the entire business.
A bowling alley must meet all safety requirements and withstand high loads. Today, two types of material are used to make the coating:
- durable synthetic panels;
- wood coated with a special varnish.
There are no prohibitions on the use of this or that coverage in clubs, the choice is made depending on the funds and the wishes of the organizer.
Synthetic track covering.
Synthetic laminate flooring was developed to revolutionize bowling. Professor L.B. Kelly, who worked for a company called General Electric, decided that wood flooring was unreliable and had no prospects. In this connection, I worked on plastic panels with a printed pattern that imitates wood. Unbeknownst to visitors, he invited the most popular club to establish his invention and evaluate the reaction of the players.
This experience paved the way for synthetic turf in big bowling. His task was to save the players from all the problems that the wooden flooring created. But, in order to make really decent equipment, it took many years.
These days, the versatility of unnatural coatings has reached its climax. The advantages of a synthetic covering:
- do not suffer from humidity in the room;
- do not delaminate; strong and stable;
- easily dismantled and replaced without spoiling the structure and color of the picture.
Plastic panels of steel are identical to wood coverings and are in no way inferior to them. They can be easily and quickly assembled. They do not require special care in terms of varnishing, polishing and sanding. And the main flooring consists of removable elements, which facilitates access to the internal mechanisms in the event of a breakdown.
The first to play bowling were wooden decks. They were collected from two types of wood: maple and pine. Moreover, the flooring was arranged so that in places of greater load there was a maple, and between them a pine tree. It was certainly better than a regular floor, but it took a lot of effort to keep the wood flooring in good condition. It was periodically cycled and varnished, and also required the regular application of special oil.
For a long time, wooden paths competed closely with synthetic ones and, as a result, stood on a par.
With proper care, wood flooring:
- durable (up to 50 years);
- replaced by elements;
- provides perfect ball glide;
- has a clean and soft sound;
- can adapt to any polish.