Cast instead of rolled out running tracks!
15. July 2021
What makes Conica special? Cast instead of rolled out running tracks! Conica has been developing and installing running tracks for over 40 years. The company is one of the market leaders and innovation drivers. The tracks are cast, not rolled out. Each year, Conica installs approximately 200 running tracks worldwide. Cast tracks offer several advantages over rolled ones.
Manufacturing and installation
The system components are delivered in liquid form and processed and cast on site by trained forces. Compared to alternative surfacing materials, the advantages are high elasticity and protective function, optimum mechanical and chemical resistance, long service life, and easier maintenance thanks to jointless surfaces.
Another advantage is that unevenness of the underground can be evened out. This compensation is more difficult with roll material and a subsequent correction in the further course of installation is no longer possible. Unevenness in the asphalt should be levelled out beforehand also for in-situ surfaces.
There is also a difficulty in curves when installing roll goods. When the material is bonded to the substrate, it might be stretched in the outer area. This means that the rolled material does not have absolutely equal characteristics in the curves.
The joints between individual sheets are a general problem with rolled tracks. Although they are closed, they prove to be a disadvantage in the course of service life, as they can open up. The advantage of cast Conica tracks, on the other hand, is that there are no joints at all.
Sports characteristics and service life of the system
Another benefit of cast Conica tracks is that the material is durable and retains most of its characteristics. Tracks made of rolled material, on the other hand, may harden after only a few months and prove to be a burden for the athletes. A major disadvantage of very hard running tracks is also that if athletes get their spikes into the joints, material can break out, reducing the quality of the track, we know from experience that this occurs frequently.
Costs and refurbishing options
Cast running tracks are significantly less expensive than rolled products at the premium end of the market. Cast tracks also offer advantages when it comes to refurbishment. Everything from a simple facelift to retopping the base and surface layers to complete renewal is feasible. Rolled tracks, on the contrary, can only be completely replaced or covered with a new prefabricated mat (i.e. simply gluing a new track on top of the old one) A retop on prefabricated tracks is more expensive than an in-situ, provided the re-top is considered early enough.