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When is it time to install a new athletic running track?

When is it time to install a new athletic running track?

When is it time to install a new running track system?

The Problem: Understanding the signs of an aging running track 

1. Cracking, bubbling, or dips in the surface of the track. 

2. Plants and weeds growing through the track. 

3. Lines or color fading away. 

4. Delamination – when the asphalt or concrete base separates from the top layer.  

Consider the Athletes Safety First

When making the decision to build a new athletic running track, there are many important factors to consider. The most important question being, “What is the best surface for my athletes to run on?” With a large variety of available options, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each will assist in making the best decision possible. The type of surface can impact speed, running technique, and physical health of runners, therefore it is essential to keep safety and performance on your mind.   

The Solution: The Rise of Polyurethane Running Tracks

Formerly, Cinder and Clay were the most common running track surfaces, and although inexpensive to install, they have two major disadvantages. Both surfaces require constant attention, which builds up maintenance costs. Cinder and Clay also provide different running experiences depending upon the weather. Because of these disadvantages, along with athlete safety concerns, synthetic surfaces were created as an alternative option to natural surfaces in hopes of developing a long-term solution that would be safer, more cost-efficient, and durable depending on conditions. 

Latex / Acrylic track systems have been introduced as a low-cost, all-weather track surface, that while not as resilient as a polyurethane system, still provides the cushion that track athletes are looking for.  Latex / Acrylic tracks are typically installed in lifts, varying in thickness and number of lifts depending on the owner’s needs and budget. Regardless of the number of lifts that are initially installed, we recommend Latex / Acrylic tracks to be resurfaced every 3-5 years to properly maintain their integrity. Failure to do so often results in grooving-in of high-wear areas, including starting areas, lanes 1 and 2, and field event runways. The frequent need of attention, repairs, and resurfacing of latex tracks have inspired many schools and track teams to research their options with polyurethane track surfacing. 

Simpson College Running Track
Maplewood High School Running Track

In contrast to a Latex track surface, a polyurethane surface usually needs to be resurfaced in 7-9 years, and the system as a whole can last as long as its asphalt base (20-25 years). Polyurethane will keep its form much longer than latex, providing a softer surface for running athletes, thus causing less strain on the athlete’s joints. You can expect a slightly higher installation cost with a polyurethane surface but can expect to save money on maintenance and resurfacing costs over the life of the track. 

There are a handful of polyurethane options for an owner to choose from, and one of our sports construction consultants would be happy to speak with you about what system is best for you. Consider the athlete first and install a new running track today. Click here to contact an expert.  

Clayco Chooses Byrne & Jones For Parking Lot Construction

Clayco Chooses Byrne & Jones For Parking Lot Construction

Clayco Chooses Byrne & Jones For Parking Lot Construction

Byrne & Jones Construction – Parking Lot Professionals.

Most of us don’t think much about parking lots, or parking lot construction, until you step in a pothole, trip on a curb, or are forced to build a new one.

A leading design build, general contractor, from St. Louis was faced with the ladder.

Clayco Construction needed to remove, replace and redesign two of their parking lot at their world headquarters off of Page Ave. They knew there was one company who would be able to take care of their parking lot challenges – Byrne & Jones Construction.

Byrne & Jones Construction specializes in parking lot maintenance and construction; in St. Louis and the metro-east. Having been in business since 1976, Byrne & Jones has developed the reputation of being experts in the commercial asphalt and concrete paving world.

Byrne & Jones worked with Bates Forum Design and Clayco to build two environmentally friendly parking lots for their employees and visitors.

Clayco wanted to manage all storm water runoff by keeping it on site, and out of MSD’s storm drains. Bates Forum came up with a pervious design using porous pavers in the parking stalls. The pavers sit on 12 inches of clean rock which allows water to percolate through the pavers into the aggregate base and eventually back into the ground. There is a backup system which consists of a perched pipe to discharge the water into a bio-retention area if the water level gets too high.

If your parking lot is in need pothole patching, overlay, or new construction call the one company who specializes in everything outside the building, Byrne & Jones Construction.