The failure of plaster front walls is endemic and we see so many of them filled with the strangest things, interior domestic filler, paper towels & caulk, chewing gum, you name it, we've seen it.
A faulty front wall renders squash a retrieval game of shots randomly sprayed around the court, rather than one from true bounces.
Although many clubs and institutions are in denial that there is anything wrong with their walls, the difference becomes abundantly clear when a wall is renewed. Let's have a quick run through each option:
Patch & paint
This option suits walls that have been previously painted and
have minor damage - small narrow cracks, holes smaller than 100mm diameter. If the wall has not previously been painted, we do NOT recommend painting! It is better to have a patch of a slightly different colour and then the wall entirely skimmed further down the line. Plaster bonds better to plaster than to paint, so it is best to always leave as bare plaster where possible.
If the wall has well defined cracks or several, sizeable top coat holes then the entire wall should be skimmed after chipping away loose plaster.
Full system plaster:
If there are hollow patches and several severe wall breakages, the full wall hack off is required and then a full Armourcoat plaster system installed. This consist of 12mm base coat and 3mm top coat.
Panel system walls are an alternative to plaster. They are composed of high density fibreboard with a cavity filled with dried aggregate - simple! Mostly required when the wall is crumbling severely or the blockwork behind the plaster moves but they are also a fantastic option for several reasons other than severe plaster failure...
1. Not affected by cold temperature
Because they are made from specialist high density fibreboard with the cavity filled with sand, the ball bounce is conserved, unlike stone cold plaster courts in the winter.
2. Completely true bounce
The panels are very large and laser levelled flat thus the bounce is 100% true.
3. Easy maintenance
The only required maintenance for these walls is a coat of squash court paint and perhaps a little filling.
4. 10 year guarantee
We offer a 10 year guarantee against failure for all of our panel systems compared to 3 years on plaster.
5. Cost effective
The higher cost is offset against the cost maintenance and over the years.
The squash court industry is evolving and the UK is lagging behind. The majority of courts in Europe are panel system and for good reason, they last longer. Melior Squash don't believe in holding on to the past, we believe in evaluating which direction is best, and then leading the way for other to follow.
Each situation is different so an assessment and discussion regarding your options with a professional is advised.