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Installers 101

So... I was evaluating why floor installers always say they get lazy after lunch..?!!

I guess after nailing hard from 7:00 am to 12:00.......... 


A Big Mac will definitely do this to ya!!!!!!!

Poor Chris.....   :/

Cause - Eating to much at lunch? (2- Big Mac's, Large Fry, & Big Gulp) 

Solution - Pack a few sandwiches and little debbie snacks, snack thru the day to keep energy! 

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Today's Preferred Sports Surface..........

Sports flooring differs immensely from floors designed for any other purpose. Because the needs of athletes come first, performance, safety and comfort are inherent characteristics. Floor design can focus on a specific activity, say aerobics versus basketball, or on multiple purposes to suit the exact need of a facility or application: gymnasiums; handball, squash and racquetball courts; basketball courts; health and fitness clubs; international Olympic facilities; professional sports arenas; aerobic/dance exercise facilities; dance floors; auditoriums and convention centers; church and religious facilities; primary and secondary schools; colleges and universities; corporate exercise facilities; YWCA/YMCAs; family life centers; roller skating rinks; theater and performance stages; or commercial, industrial and residential applications.

Time and time again, athletes, performers, coaches, trainers, owners and architects who design floors cite maple as their preferred sports surface. In fact, maple shows up on 70 percent** of the sports floors installed in the U.S. And the most preferred variety, northern hard maple from MFMA manufacturers, accounts for 58 percent** of all U.S. sports floors--more than 17 million square feet--installed each year.

Northern hard maple has been called nature's perfect flooring surface. MFMA maple is produced from trees grown north of the 38th parallel where shorter growing seasons produce maple with closer, more uniform grain. In a floor, northern hard maple exhibits flexibility, resilience, durability, finishability and low-demand maintenance. 

"We are very pleased with the athletic performance on our MFMA floors in our varsity basketball arena, intramural gym and dance studio...we have found MFMA maple to be very aesthetically pleasing." 
—Barbara Bickford, Associate Director of Athletics Brandeis University"

Athletic performance is enhanced by its hard-but-resilient character. Subfloor systems enhance maple's natural shock absorption and area elasticity. And the surface provides dependably uniform grip and traction to athletic footwear. Safety is vastly enhanced by these same characteristics as documented in a study*** that showed that athletes were 70 percent more likely to sustain a floor-related injury on a synthetic floor than on a maple floor.

Northern hard maple .............79c / sq. ft. / year
Poured urethane ..................$1.10 / sq. ft. / year
PVC ...................................$1.15 / sq. ft. / year

Northern hard maple was first used in sports flooring nearly 150 years ago. From the beginning, it was evident, however, that even "nature's perfect flooring" needed a little help if consistently outstanding floors were to be built.

Complete Grading Rules for Random Strip, Finger Jointed and Parquet flooring are published by MFMA for reference by architects and specifiers. Grading permits selection of MFMA maple flooring according to use and budget.

So? What's Your Opinion on Maple vs. Synthetic's??

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Is your Athletic Sports Floor looking and performing as the way it did when it was brand new?

If you’re not sure about this, let me inform you a little….
Your floors as being in new condition have zip looks, fresh popping paint, always sparkle, wonderful first impressions, and of course your players rebound, stopping, and physical performance are always better!

With our 40 years of NBA, NCAA, & Athletic Floor services, WFC is completely positive we can make yours be this way! 

Do you use tape to put on the floor for game lines?

Some athletic facilities do this and realize it pulls up polyurethane, game line paint, discolors & leaves a shadow line….. Relax. No problem!!!  We have you covered, we have safety line tape, or we can apply whatever lines needed in transparent paint and make it look like it was done when your gym floor was originally finished and painted. 

Any paint or poly peeling?

Sometimes this is a very normal situation in many facilities for us. This is caused by improper sanding before the new coat of polyurethane or paint goes down on the floor. We have MFMA trained tech’s that are certified to do the job right and with the best workmanship to ensure this situation does not happen to your floors.

Any cupping or warp boards?

This is a situation caused by either moisture, water leaks, building humidity problems, or your current maintenance provider using those floor scrubber machines that release water and suck the water back up. We offer free consultation at the gymnasium floor site to review, give moisture readings, and give you the MFMA certified recommendation to properly fix this situation the low and cost effective way for you.                       

Is your floor shiny? Need a new look?

If your floors are dull, have a shadow, dark spots, faded, paint chipping off, or just plain ugly to you……. Give us a call…. we are here to help and we have 3D images of what your floor can look like if you decide to change the layout, add logo’s, letters, design a mascot, or want to change colors. We can do all this and send up to 3 proof layouts for you and the athletic director’s to review. 

Does your current Athletic Floor Contractor offer a 5 star maintenance?

Give Us A Call For Details...770-943-0034

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