Expansion Joint Technology

On all of their outdoor sport tiles, Mateflex incorporates a unique leaf-spring style expansion joint every three inches.

This feature is the single most important element in the design of Mateflex tiles that sets their products apart from all of the competition.

When installed properly, a Mateflex surface will have the outside perimeter of the court fastened to the subsurface. This is where the expansion joint technology excels Mateflex products past the competition and is done for several practical reasons:

  • To prevent physical or thermal movement of the surface throughout its long service life. Depending on the size of your project, a modular tile surface can move even under normal playing conditions. Also, the material used for all outdoor modular tiles expands and contracts dramatically depending on temperature and sun conditions. The Mateflex design and installation techniques eliminate all problems associated with physical and thermal movement of your surface.
  • To allow the surface to be trimmed tight to any vertical obstruction, without leaving excessive space for thermal expansion.
  • To accommodate thermal expansion, all less engineered modular tiles have to leave large gaps around any vertical obstructions in the court (i.e. posts, fences, etc.) This causes a safety issue on many levels. With a Mateflex tile system, the material is trimmed tight to all obstructions offering a much safer surface and giving your court a much more finished, clean look.
  • To maintain accurate playing line dimensions that will not vary due to temperature. This is a very basic requirement of all sport surfaces, but many modular tiles cannot truly claim to have accurate game line dimensions because of the large degree of variation in the surface size due to temperature changes. The Mateflex design maintains consistent game line dimensions regardless of temperature.

Mateflex has a wide variety of tile designs that are suitable for an unimaginable amount of applications.

Let a Mateflex representative work with you to determine what the best surface is for you, and rest assured that the Mateflex design truly has player safety in mind.

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