Basketball Wood Floor

Basketball Wood Floor

Rubber trees are harvested for their sap which is only produced for about 25 years, after which the functional life of the plant is over. By reclaiming these resources for basketball courts, floor producers can help cut down on waste that would otherwise have to be razed and eliminated.Most wooden basketball court flooring can be recycled and reclaimed for other projects when the gymnasium is no longer in use. 
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Basketball Wood Floor

Temporary decals made news in November when a Michigan State basketball player slipped on a title sponsor logo during the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic, drawing the ire of the game’s opposing coaches and basketball pundits alike — and that was before a University of Memphis player likewise injured himself on an EA Sports/Maui Invitational sticker less than a week later. “They could be more slippery or more grabby,” the MFMA’s Heney says of decals. “We don’t recommend that you use them.”
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Basketball Wood Floor

Yes, and it goes back to the first question, this time in a strictly sporting sense, of predetermining all potential uses for the floor. The best time to apply game lines is upon floor installation. If a gym is going to serve basketball and volleyball, mark it accordingly and be done with it, so that a protective coat of finish can be applied over the painted game lines. Taping, for example, a volleyball court’s dimensions to the floor after the fact is not recommended, since tape will likely have a different coefficient of friction than the floor’s finish (posing a safety risk to participants), and removal of the tape can result in finish coming off with it.
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Basketball Wood Floor

Field houses that host track and field events in addition to basketball and volleyball need not abandon hardwood entirely, as synthetic tracks can surround hardwood courts. “We’re seeing a lot of dual construction, where it will be basically a true full subfloor system underneath the synthetic system, as well as underneath the hardwood system, so everything is that one monolithic height all the way across,” says Ron Fenhaus, sales director at Action Floor Systems LLC. “It gives the synthetic floor a substantially better feel versus just being on the concrete.”
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Basketball Wood Floor

Maple will expand as it takes in moisture and contract as it dries out, particularly at the outset of the floor’s lifecycle. It must be installed to account for these changes, typically by allowing 18 -inch expansion gaps every two feet or so between tongue-and-groove boards, or smaller voids on either side of each board. Likewise, the subfloor must be designed to allow the maple to adjust to varying conditions in the gym, and this is where anchored-resilient systems outperform floating floors. Since the latter’s components are essentially fully integrated (nailed together), pads may actually be pulled off the substrate as the floor adjusts, creating dead spots under the feet of dribbling basketball players. According to Steve Chase, general manager of Fitness Flooring, which offers gym floors made of clipped-together strips of beech over a foam underlayment, ball response can quickly become a top priority among end-users. “If the ball doesn’t come back up where there are dead spots, people are going to go, ‘Yeah, we don’t care so much about resilience,'” he says.
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Basketball Wood Floor

If facility owners aren’t willing to do the minimum necessary to protect their investment in a hardwood gym floor, they should probably not purchase one. “You have to be prepared to take steps to maintain it properly,” says Ficks, who recommends a daily dust-mopping and regular cleaning with a solution recommended by the finish manufacturer. Beyond that, the floor should be screened and recoated once a year, and sanded down to bare wood, resealed, repainted and refinished every 10 to 15 years. “The reality is, most schools’ maintenance budgets right now are not allowing that to happen, and you see a lot of floors that are 20, 25 years old that have never been sanded down to bare wood,” Ficks says. “It generally shows. The floor gets darker. The game-line colors are not as bright as they should be. If you do take that step to sand and finish that floor every 10 to 15 years, at least from an aesthetic standpoint, you’re essentially getting a brand-new floor.”
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Basketball Wood Floor

SignaWood combines classic wood aesthetics with modern engineering to create the ultimate sports flooring. This beautiful beech plank flooring provides the perfect surface for the most demanding activities while creating an elegant and expensive appearance. This is the premium flooring solution for basketball and volleyball courts, gym floors, aerobic rooms, multi-purpose facilities, yoga and dance studios, and anywhere a beautiful sprung hardwood floor is desired.
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Basketball Wood Floor

Installing a New Wood Floor So, you’ve decided to put a new wood gym floor in your facility. Now what? A lot of people don’t know the process that takes place in order to make that new floor into a reality. A common misconception about installing a new wood gym floor is how long it takes. Most people think it can be done in a week or so, but they would be wrong. It is a 6 week process. Sounds long, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, once we explain all the steps involved, you’ll understand why we need 6 weeks to do it right.
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ROBBINS goes beyond the hardwood basketball court with our entire line of Synthetic Flooring that is perfect for a weight room, indoor running track, and multipurpose gymnasium. The same quality & durability customers expect from Robbins- in a rubber or seamless floor.
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Consider more than just the sports activity (what’s good for basketball in terms of such factors as shock absorption and coefficient of surface friction is also good for volleyball). Think about whether bleachers and portable backstops will have to be rolled across the floor and locked into position. Perhaps a scissor lift will be needed to maintain light fixtures. “We’ve even had gymnasiums where people occasionally drive trucks or some other large rolling vehicle that has to be brought into the gym,” says John Ficks, marketing manager at Robbins Sports Surfaces. “We need to make sure it can withstand those rolling load weights.”
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While that can save a considerable amount of money, it’s important to choose a material that has the proper strength to hold up against the abuse a basketball court will receive, or that cost benefit may be offset by repair and replacement bills.The Janka Scale of wood flooring hardness depicts the relative durability and strength of different species with a higher score indicating greater strength.
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Depending on where the facility is located, there may not be a choice. VOC regulations in some parts of the country, most notably California, essentially prohibit the use of oil-based finishes. And while they emit no VOCs, waterbased finishes carry their own concerns. When applied to a floor that experiences cycles of expansion and contraction, waterbased finishes may cause a condition known as panelization – essentially the gluing together of maple strips to the point they are rendered incapable of self-adjustment. “As the floors release moisture and contract in the fall and the winter, the floor can’t move,” Ficks says. “It’s locked in place and essentially finds the weakest point in the floor, and you just end up with significant gaps like lightning bolts through the floor that can mean an unusable gym floor in some cases.”
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The final step is to apply two coats of finish to the floor. First, we screen the floor. Then, we tack it clean, and apply a coat of finish. Then we repeat the process. Finish is what makes the floor shiny and a little sticky. It is the reason tennis shoes squeak on a gym floor. If your floor ever gets slippery, that usually means it’s time to apply another coat of finish to it – which should happen once a year.
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Step 4: Nailing Once we have confirmed that the maple is properly acclimated, our crew will return to nail the maple. This is quite a sight to see. Our guys have (very heavy) nail guns and they work one board at a time, hitting the nail gun with a sledgehammer to insert the nail every 12″ on center. It is back-breaking work, especially because our crew has to stay bent over, hitting and moving the nail guns the entire time. So do not be alarmed if you see them take frequent breaks to rest their backs (they will even lay down on the floor sometimes so that they are not bent over for a while). Depending on the size of your floor, nailing a gym floor usually takes 5-6 days. As they nail, our crew will leave gaps in the floor called expansion rows. These are required so that the floor still has room to expand as the weather changes, if need be. Over time, they will close up, but you’ll notice that they are there for a while.
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Fenhaus points out that hardwood floors have been specified in gymnasiums nationwide for more than a century. “Wood floors have been installed in facilities that never had air conditioning, and those floors are still there,” Fenhaus says. “You’re making an investment. If you’re expecting a facility to have a 60-year lifecycle, shouldn’t you expect the floor system to meet that same lifecycle? If you take care of a maple floor, take care of the building so the floor doesn’t suffer water damage, that floor will meet those lifecycles.”

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