Everyone has fond memories of squeaking sneakers on a gym floor during a basketball game. Hardwood floors have been used in gymnasiums and fitness centers for more than a century and there is no indication that these types of floors are going away anytime soon. There are many considerations that go into choosing a hardwood gym floor.
Key Considerations for Your Flooring
Foot traffic and weight bearing are two main considerations when picking a surface. Another key consideration is the climate and natural environment. Consistent moisture levels are critical to harwood flooring. Making sure the relative humidity in your building is from between 35 and 55 RH is critical. Moisture is the enemy of the hardwood floors. Maple will expand or contract depending on the level of moisture in the air. Gaps need to be planned during installation to allow for this movement. These gaps are achieved by using Vented Cove Base around the perimeter in the room. When replacing a gym floor, it’s important to have a good understanding of where any potential moisture issues are and how they originated.
Choosing Finish for Your Gymnasium or Fitness Center
Gym owners want to make environmentally sound choices if they are available. Sustainably harvested wood can be purchased. Recycled materials can also be used. The days are long gone when recycled floor material produced subpar results. In fact, professional basketball teams have been playing on recycled floors for over a decade.
Grading of the wood was formerly a concern because of irregularities that may occur at the lower end of the grading scale.
- First-grade maple makes a beautiful monochromatic appearance but is the most expensive.
- Second grade of maple is less expensive and is the choice of more than 70% of all gyms.
- Third grade of maple presents a rustic appearance, and is the choice of some gym owners.
If the primary use of the gymnasium facility can be predetermined, game lines can be put on the floor. A protective finish can then be applied over the lines. Taping the lines after the installation of the floor is not recommended. The tape, and temporary decals, can pose a safety issue to the game participants because they can become slippery or removing the tape can result in damage to the finish and leaves a glue residue.
Maintaining Your Floors
Hardwood floors need to be maintained. A daily dust-mopping and regular cleaning with a solution recommended by the finish manufacturer is required. Depending on its usage, The floor should be recoated once a year, and sanded, resealed, repainted and refinished every 10 to 15 years. Floors that are not properly maintained generally become darker and game lines are not as bright.
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