Why it’s Important to Maintain Your Gym Floors Sanding vs. Screening & Coating

Your gymnasium floor takes a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis. Most gyms are used extensively during the school day: as a gymnasium, as a multipurpose room for assemblies and plays, or as lunch rooms. In addition, with the rise of after school activities and evening basketball games, many gyms are utilized up to 14 hours a day! Replacing a gym floor is expensive, therefore taking certain steps to maintain the floor will prolong its life and keep it looking like new.

Resurfacing/Sanding – The MFMA (Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association) recommends a complete resurfacing (sanding off all finish and paint, down to the bare wood) every 8 to 10 years, depending on facility use. If your gym floor looks yellow, the finish is peeling or has worn off, the logo is outdated, the game lines have worn down, or you have water damaged areas, your gym floor would benefit from a complete resurfacing.

Annual Recoat/Screen & Coat – In between the resurfacings, the MFMA also recommends an annual finish recoat (screen and coat), which consists of buffing the floor and applying a fresh layer of polyurethane. Although it would not remove any deep scratches or dents, it is a faster and cost-effective method of deep cleaning and revitalizing dull floors.

We at Atlantic Sport Wood Floors Inc. can provide you with a complimentary evaluation to see what the best course of action for your gym floors would be. Please call us at 845-268-2565 or email us at info@atlanticsportfloors.com to schedule your appointment.