GymGuard Floor Covers

Shiny newly finished gym floors need protection!

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If you have just had your floors refinished, or installed a new floor, you will want to protect them from as much scuffing and scratching and dirty spills as you possibly can.  These easily installed GymGuard floor covers are the solution you need. We know that many all-purpose floors in your facilities are used for more than basketball.  We know that often there are dances, concerts, plays, graduations and other activities with a variety of footwear to challenge the new surfaces. We even know that some of the most beautiful floors are used for community events like Bingo!  You also have to deal with the impact associated with chairs and other furniture being moved about.  Mathusek has answers to help protect your investment!  Find a solution to all of these challenges with Cover Sport GymGuard floor  mats.

The GymGuard floor covers are made of ultra-durable, 3-ply fabrics, PVC-coated on both sides, polyester mesh.  The material is fire retardant to all standard fire codes and available in 15 colors and 5 weights. GymGuard floor covers are waterproof, rot and mildew resistant, and anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.  Cover Sports Floor Coverings are available in 15 colors, 5 weights and conveniently ready 10′ x 100′ sections for quick shipment.p-5-gymguard-for-graduation

Mathusek, Inc. will find out your needs, your preferences, and the sizes of your flooring so you will have the most cost effective GymGuard floor covers for your application.

GymGuard floor covers have full warranty against fabric and manufacturer’s defects.  We have many of the accessories available to facilitate the installation and storage of GymGuard floor covers.  Call us today to let us help you keep your floors protected!gymguard-ithaca-3-cover-sports

 

The One-Stop Floor Shop: Mathusek’s Vendor Round-Up

With over 50 years of experience in the sport flooring business, Mathusek excels at finding just the right products and partners to solve your flooring problems. Partnering with the best-of-the-best vendors worldwide, we pride ourselves on being able to offer our clients a “One-Stop Floor Shop,” filled with proven, high-quality materials from the world over. In addition to installations, Mathusek offers expert hardwood flooring maintenance and repair services, including: screening, sanding, and repairs. This handy round-up provides a look at some of our top vendors.

 

Action Flooring

Action Floor Systems serves a far-reaching customer base—on every continent except Antarctica!—providing wood and synthetic sports floor options for college & universities, K-12 gyms, field houses, professional arenas, multipurpose community centers, squash and racquetball courts, aerobic and dance rooms, and more. Some Action options include:

  • action_logoAction Herculan® IG Series. This flooring modified resin system sticks to most surfaces and can be installed indoors or out. Herculan IG provides smooth, seamless, non-slip, and durable commercial flooring for high-traffic spaces such as banks, cafeterias, garages, kitchens, labs, schools and shower facilities.
  • Action Herculan® Synthetic Pad and Pour Floors. An ideal multipurpose sport floor, this series features an exclusive, water-based nontoxic top coat, free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Installation requires no building evacuation, making scheduling smoother.
  • Concorde Flooring Systems. Made from maple, this lower-profile system relies on anchored stability for good force reduction and great ball response. Highly resilient, it offers uniform playability and consistent shock absorption to reduce injuries to athletes.
  • Interloc. This wood sport flooring is composed of solid maple laid over a floating subfloor. An especially good choice for environments in which humidity fluctuates, it’s available as Interloc I for general purpose or Interloc II for performance-level use.

Read more about Herculan IG in your locker room

 

Art-Ice

Art-Ice is the only dry and self-lubricating synthetic ice rink in the world. The Art-Ice artificial ice rink is manufactured in the Netherlands and works closely with Mathusek for U.S. installations. Benefits include: 

  • art_ice_logoQuick assembly. Art-Ice can be configured to any size and shape and laid directly on any firm, even surface by assembling stackable synthetic panels.
  • Money-saving. Synthetic ice reduces costs by eliminating the need for electricity or gas to keep the surface frozen, and it requires minimal maintenance.
  • Eco-friendly. In addition to eliminated the need for cooling, Art-Ice modified polyethylene panels do not emit CO2 and are 100% recyclable.

Read more about Art-Ice installations

 

Haro

Best known for engineered wood flooring systems, HARO has grown to be Germany’s leading manufacturer of hardwood engineered and laminate flooring. Haro prides itself on high quality, sustainability and innovative technologies. Mathusek partners with HARO on its Rio line of outdoor tennis and basketball courts, which offer: 

  • haro_logoUnmatched performance. Rio has a 49% shock absorption rate and a standard deformation of just 1.3mm—viewed as perfect performance characteristics for professional players. In addition, Rio offers a ball rebound of 98% for basketballs and 96% for tennis balls.
  • True Versatility. Rio’s excellent drainage system and sure footing make it a popular choice for both wet and dry conditions. It fulfills the requirements for tennis surfaces and can be used in multifunctional facilities for all kinds of outdoor activities including basketball.
  • Quick installation. This modular system can be expertly set up by Mathusek in a very short time (and quickly dismantled if necessary), making basketball court installation for outdoor summer playing or tournaments a cinch.

Read more about Haro’s impact on athletic performance

 

Mondo

Mondo Sport & Flooring develops, designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor rubber sport flooring and equipment. Mondo has been the official supplier of athletic tracks for the past 10 Olympic Games, from Montreal 1976 to London 2012. Mathusek installs such Mondo products as: 

  • mondo_logoSport Impact and Ramflex. These tough, two-layered floors stand up to the force of the heaviest weight room equipment.
  • Super X and Advance. These indoor field house flooring options provide the optimum blend of energy return, comfort, safety and durability.
  • Mondotrack. The featured outdoor track at past Olympic events, Mondotrack delivers an optimal combination of energy return, shock absorption, elasticity and comfort.

Read more about Mondo sport flooring

 

Polylast

Polylast™ SurfaceGuard with Microban® Antimicrobial protection is “Best Under Hoof & Foot!” This game changing, slip resistant, durable, comfortable, sound absorbing, odor reducing and stain resistant surface is used by renowned universities, equestrian, canine and livestock facilities alike. Benefits include: 

  • polylast_logoAntimicrobial. Polylast uses Microban® antimicrobial technology to ensure microbe-inhibiting product protection.
  • Environmentally friendly. Polylast is made of 100% recycled rubber and contributes to beneficial “LEED” ratings.
  • Versatile and practical. Available in a range of colors, Polylast is easier to clean and disinfect than any other system.

Read more about antimicrobial floor surfaces

 

SafePath™

One of the largest suppliers of transition products in the industry today, SafePath™ manufactures ramps, landings, flooring reducers and other industrial and residential products for ADA (American’s with Disability Act) and access code compliance. They are committed to eliminating structural barriers by incorporating universal design with accessibility while utilizing advanced “green” technology. 

  • safepath_logoADA compliant. Keep your space accessible to all as products meet ADA standards and best practices.
  • Green practices. Helping those around you and helping the environment with eco-friendly choices is a win-win situation.

 

San Marino Hardwood Flooring, from AliParquets

Hailing from Italy, this laminate parquet flooring line offers affordable European luxury combined with quick installation for any commercial project. A range of traditional and prefinished solid wood is available in a variety of stylish colors. 

  • san_marino_logoAffordable luxury. Hardwood flooring can be a large investment.  Give your space a premium finish without premium pricing.
  • Quick to install. Installation can be completed in as quickly as an afternoon. 
  • European style.  Bring a piece of San Marino, Italy craftsmanship to your home, office, loft or business.

Read more about ALI Parquets fine European craftsmanship

 

UBU

UBU Sports is the leading brand of synthetic turf surfaces for football, baseball, field hockey, soccer, rugby, and lacrosse. Their sport-specific surfaces are scientifically engineered to enhance athletic performance and maximize player safety. UBU Turf offers “ground gear for athletes”: 

  • ubu_logoDurability. Each UBU surface undergoes a rigorous 21-step ASTM testing battery from independent laboratories to validate a host of product and performance attributes.
  • Safety. UBU turf is tested for lead and heavy metal compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Read more about UBU synthetic sport surfaces

To learn more about any of these products, contact the installation experts at Mathusek today!

Get on the Right Track with Mondo Super X Field House Flooring

They say practice makes perfect, right? But in order to for runners to practice properly, they need a sport flooring surface that will give them the optimum blend of energy return, comfort, safety and durability. Enter Mondo Super X—Mathusek’s chosen vendor for field house flooring that’s ideal for both competition and training purposes.

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Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facilty – field house portion of the building project – Photo courtesy of Steve Green, obtained from Mondo USA

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Unique Construction

Super X is a prefabricated synthetic rubber track surface composed of two different layers vulcanized together for a continuous, seamless piece of material. Often copied but never matched, the rubber-based top layer provides unparalleled elasticity along with excellent slip-resistance and traction. The bottom layer consists of a waffle-shaped geometric construction, deformable in two dimensions, providing cushioning and energy return for runners.

Ideal Training Ground

Pre-manufactured in a controlled factory environment, Super X offers uniform thickness—as well as uniform technical characteristics—over the entire surface of the track. This results in constant dynamic response that gives athletes complete control over stride length, running rhythm and balance, so they get the most out of their training sessions.

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University of California – Los Angeles – Photo courtesy of Mondo USA

Outrunning the Competition

Can track surfaces really offer an advantage? Tests have shown that athletes have a longer stride on Mondo than on other track surfaces. This means that runners who compete on Mondo without training on it could over-stretch their muscles, or could miscalculate their stride in jump and hurdle events.

Easy to Maintain

Free of surface coatings and loose granules that might compromise traction and make the material difficult to clean, Super X is a great choice for facilities looking for easy maintenance. Damaged sections of material can be replaced with identical material, leaving a virtually invisible seam.

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Photo courtesy of Mondo USA

A Sustainable Choice

Containing up to 12% of post-consumer recycled materials—along with up to 10% of rapidly renewable materials—Super X is considered a “green” choice for facilities interested in sustainability.

To learn if Mondo Super X could be the right training surface for your field house facility, contact the installation experts at Mathusek today.

For more information about the ILS Financing Program, contact Kim White by email, or phone 800-438-1470, ext. 109.

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The Future of Flatness: Laser Leveling for Concrete Slabs

These days, we interact with laser technology in all kinds of ways, from computer printing to teeth whitening to vision correction. The sports flooring industry is no exception to the laser revolution, and we at Mathusek are proud to be at the forefront of this movement. Lasers present a newer and better way of ensuring the proper flatness of concrete slabs—which act as the foundation of any flooring project.

Whether your floor is hardwood, rubber or another material, it’s only as good as the concrete slab it rests on. Because flatness is such a critical component of proper installation, there are strict measurement standards in place. We’ll take you through the different approaches for measuring flatness and how new laser technology has improved upon those methods. 

Method 1: Manual Measuring

The old method of determining floor flatness was accomplished in a very rudimentary way—with a ruler and a straightedge. The installer would place a 10 foot straightedge on the surface of the concrete and then measure the gaps between the straightedge and the concrete with a ruler. Not only is this manual method labor intensive and time consuming, but it also carries a fair amount of human error.

Method 2: The FF/FL Method

To avoid the problems related to the straightedge approach, Allen Face devised a rigorous new statistically-based system in 1985. The commonly used floor flatness/floor levelness (FF/FL) approach requires the creation of a grid on the concrete slab, followed by manual readings.

The FF/FL method is not accepted for sports flooring by the MFMA.  The floor must meet a tolerance of +/- 1/8” in a ten foot radius.

Method 3: Laser Readings

Mathusek now uses laser technology to measure floor flatness with speed, precision and incredible accuracy. Once the concrete slab dries, we use a laser level to take grid readings every five feet in order to pinpoint problem areas. Each area of deviation is circled, measured and marked to indicate how much the floor is off. This allows us to accurately correct out-of-specification conditions in the slab as early as possible using self-leveling compounds.

Diagram Resulting from Laser Leveling for Concrete Slabs

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To learn more about how Mathusek can ensure your concrete flatness via laser technology, contact us today.

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From Concrete to Concorde: The Action Concorde Flooring System

Let’s say you’re the owner of a would-be athletic space that needs remodeling. You look around and see walls that need painting, lighting fixtures that need rewiring, and a vast, raw concrete floor. It seems impossible that this pre-renovated “before” will become a completely realized “after.”

Though it may be hard to envision, your concrete floor can easily transform into a sleek, high performance hardwood surface thanks to the Action Concorde flooring system. Ideal for gymnasiums, multi-purpose spaces, indoor running areas, dance studios, aerobic rooms and more, this innovative system is the available in either Concorde or Concorde II versions depending on your facility’s needs.

Concorde Flooring System

This low-profile system relies on anchored stability for good force reduction and great ball response. Highly resilient, it offers uniform playability and consistent shock absorption to reduce injuries to athletes. The system consists of:

  • Anchoring thrust pins to attach the system to the concrete subfloor
  • 3/4-inch Concorde nailer
  • 7/16-inch AirTech natural rubber pads for shock absorption
  • A layer of plywood for dimensional stability and strength
  • Action maple flooring

Concorde II Flooring System

The newer Concorde system features a slightly higher profile and thicker pads for maximum shock absorption. Offering uniform playability, the Concorde II flooring system is DIN-Certified to ensure peak performance and athletic safety. The system consists of:

  • Anchoring thrust pins to attach the system to the concrete subfloor
  • Concorde nailer
  • 5/8-inch dual-durometer pads to provide the shock absorption of rubber and the vibration dampening effects of foam
  • A layer of plywood for dimensional stability and strength
  • Action maple flooring

The result? A great-looking, high performance hardwood surface with maximum playability.

Talk about a true “Concrete to Concorde” transformation!

In short:

  • Concorde II passes DIN, EN, PUR.
  • Concorde II is extremely uniform because of dense pad configuration and anchoring.
  • The traditional sleeper/subfloor design promotes longevity and stability.
  • The natural rubber pad gives immediate and excellent energy return.
  • The natural rubber pad also acts as a barrier to moisture on the concrete, helping prevent moisture migration from the concrete to the wood components.

To find out if an Action Concorde flooring system is the right solution for your athletic space, contact the installation specialists at Mathusek.

For more information about the ILS Financing Program, contact Kim White by email, or phone 800-438-1470, ext. 109.

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Safety First: Playflex™ Rubber Safety Tiles from Rephouse for Playground Flooring

We all know that when it comes to playground design, safety is a priority. Injuries caused by falls—especially head trauma—can be quite serious, so it’s important to install playground flooring that can mitigate any risks.

Our playground flooring partner, Rephouse, came up with a solution that is getting rave reviews across playgrounds worldwide: Playflex™ rubber safety tiles. Designed to lessen the impact of a child falling from a designated height, these recycled and synthetic rubber tiles offer a resilient, durable, environmentally sound surface that’s free of formaldehyde, PVC and halogen. What’s more, they’re safety tested for Critical Fall Height to both American and European Standards.

Available in a range of models, sizes and colors to suit any private or public playground environment, these prefabricated modular rubber tiles also offer excellent water drainage. To decide which Playflex tiles you need, you should first determine which type of subsurface you are covering.

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Photo courtesy of Rephouse

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For Use Over Hard Subsurfaces Such as Concrete or Asphalt

Playflex AMP Rubber Safety Tiles have a profiled underbody for hard sub-surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. Computer designed and engineered—as well as methodically evaluated and tested—AMP tiles feature high compression molding for extra durability. They’re available in dimensions of 20 x 20 inches or 40 x 40 inches and thicknesses of 1.75 inches to 4 inches.

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Photo courtesy of Rephouse

For Use Over Soft Subsurfaces Such as Sand, Gravel or Compacted Road Base

Playflex NMP Rubber Safety Tiles are installed using plastic pin connectors, with no adhesive required. They’re available in dimensions of 20 x 20 inches and thicknesses of 1.75 inches to 3.5 inches.

Rephouse Playflex Playground Equipment

Photo courtesy of Rephouse

Choosing a Look

Your next step is the fun part. Which look do you want to go for? Playflex tiles come in a range of styles and colors to suit any aesthetic and budget.

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Photo courtesy of Rephouse

Basic – made of black recycled rubber, colored with a pigmented MDI polyurethane binder.

Available in Black, Red, Green

Basic+ – made of black recycled rubber, colored with a liquid rubber coating.

Available in Red, Blue, Green, Earth, Yellow

Galaxy – made of black recycled rubber, colored with sprinkled EPDM rubber granules, all bound by a clear MDI polyurethane binder.

Available in Red, Blue, Green, Earth, Yellow

Royal – made of a black recycled rubber base, covered with a colored EPDM rubber top layer, all bound by a clear MDI polyurethane binder.

Jazz 700 – made of a blend of colored synthetic EPDM and black EPDM sheet rubber top and recycled rubber base.

Available in Black, Red, Green

Designer 600 – made of a 100% colored synthetic EPDM sheet rubber top and recycled rubber base.

Available in Red, Blue, Green, Earth, Yellow

Designer 800 – made of a 100% colored synthetic EPDM sheet rubber top and recycled rubber base.

Many more colors and styles are available!

To learn more about Playflex as a playground flooring option, contact the installation experts at Mathusek.

For more information about the ILS Financing Program, contact Kim White by email, or phone 800-438-1470, ext. 109.

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Start 2016 on Solid Ground With Your Sports Flooring

Ah, the New Year. Always a popular time for self-improvement, whether it’s exercising more, eating less, breaking a bad habit, or starting a new one. It’s also the perfect time to take a look at work projects from an annual perspective and see how they can be tackled in the coming year. And that includes your facility’s sports flooring!

Flooring can be one of those things we take for granted—even though we literally walk all over it every day. But just like a car, it requires annual maintenance in order to operate at peak performance.

Get a fresh start in 2016 by following these annual maintenance guidelines for different types of flooring:

We recommend jotting down key dates on your calendar or setting reminders in your smartphone to help you stay on top of all your flooring must-do’s for the year ahead.

Hardwood Sports Flooring

  • Daily: Basic mopping to keep floor clean and free of dust.
  • Annually: Screen, clean and recoat.

PVC Sports Flooring

  • Daily: Wet or dry mopping to keep floor clean and free of dust.
  • Biweekly: Scrub with a chemical cleaner.
  • Quarterly: Scrub with a chemical cleaner and recoat.
  • Annually: Strip and recoat.

Poured Urethane Sports Flooring

  • Daily: Wet or dry mopping to keep floor clean and free of dust.
  • Biweekly: Scrub with a chemical cleaner.
  • Quarterly: Scrub with a chemical cleaner and recoat.
  • Annually: Strip and recoat. 

Rubber Sports Flooring

  • Daily: Vacuum to keep floor clean and free of dust. If floor cannot be fully cleaned with a vacuum, use a damp mop with a mild soap and water solution.
  • Bimonthly or biannually: Auto-scrub to provide a deeper clean.

Laminate Sports Flooring

  • Daily: Dust mop or vacuum with a soft brush or wood floor attachment. You can also use a slightly damp mop for spot cleaning.
  • Bimonthly or biannually: Use a well-squeezed mop dampened with a special laminate floor solution for a more thorough cleaning.

With more than 50 years of experience in all types of cleaning and maintenance, the knowledgeable staff at Mathusek will help make your floor look new again. For tips on keeping your floors as clean as possible year-round, or to make a 2016 service appointment, contact Mathusek today.

For more information about the ILS Financing Program, contact Kim White by email, or phone 800-438-1470, ext. 109.

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The Lifecycle Advantage of Hardwood Sports Flooring

Hardwood sports flooring is often considered the gold standard for most indoor gymnasiums. But many facilities managers question whether or not it’s the right option given the initial start-up investment. While it’s true that installation costs for hardwood sports flooring are typically higher than that of other flooring alternatives, there is a bit more to the story. It all comes down to lifecycle. Always a critical criterion when comparing different types of flooring, the lifecycle factor takes into account initial installation costs along with other considerations, like longevity and maintenance.

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Photo courtesy of Action Flooring

Installation

According to most estimates, hardwood sports flooring is indeed the pricier option for initial installation. On average, hardwood costs about 20 percent more than PVC and about 40 percent more than Poured Urethane. But of course, start-up costs don’t present the full picture. 

Longevity

According to a study done back in 2003 by the MFMA—which still holds true today—maple hardwood sports floors have an average life expectancy of 38 years compared with 15 years for PVC. Another study in Cornerstones Magazine puts the life expectancy of wood sport floors at 50 years vs. 20 years for synthetic sports floors. In either case, the lifespan of hardwood is well more than double that of PVC.

Regular Maintenance

Another big factor that comes into play is maintenance. All types of flooring—whether hardwood or synthetic—must be kept clean and free of dust on a daily basis in order to provide proper traction for athletes. Synthetic floors must be scrubbed biweekly with a chemical cleaner, scrubbed and recoated on a quarterly basis, and then stripped and recoated on an annual basis. Hardwood, floors, on the other hand, only require special maintenance on an annual basis, when they must be screened and recoated. All told, facilities managers will spend about 45% more per year maintaining a synthetic floor vs. hardwood, given the extra biweekly and quarterly services that are needed for synthetic.

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Photo courtesy of Action Flooring

Major Maintenance

Over time, hardwood floors will start to show wear and tear, such as darker coloring or game-lines that are not as bright as they used to be. After about 10-15 years, hardwood floors should be sanded down to bare wood, resealed, repainted and refinished. PVC floors, with a life expectancy of 15 years, are better off being replaced that resurfaced. Poured Urethane floors—which, like hardwood, last about 38 years—must be resurfaced every 10 years. Amortized over the same 38-year life expectancy, major maintenance for Poured Urethane costs three times as much as major maintenance for hardwood.

The Bottom Line

When compared with hardwood, lifecycle costs are 42% higher for PVC and 40% higher for Poured Urethane. This goes to show why it’s always important to do a complete lifecycle analysis before making a decision on sports flooring.

Be sure to contact Mathusek to learn more about the long-term financial advantages of hardwood.

For more information about the ILS Financing Program, contact Kim White by email, or phone 800-438-1470, ext. 109.

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Achieve Peak Performance with HARO Rio Tennis and Basketball Court Installation

Any athlete will tell you that the surface they play on matters. Whether it’s having the right shock absorption for tennis or the perfect ball rebound for basketball, the proper playing surface has a real effect on performance for professional athletes and social players alike.

Our partners at HARO truly took this into consideration when developing Rio—the world’s first permanent outdoor flooring conforming to the highest physical performance requirements under the EN 14877 standard introduced in December 2013. What does that mean?

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Photo courtesy of Haro

Unmatched Performance

Rio has a 49% shock absorption rate (EN 14808) and a standard deformation of just 1.3mm (EN 14809)—viewed as perfect performance characteristics for professional players. In addition, Rio offers a ball rebound of 98% for basketballs and 96% for tennis balls—considered perfect values according to EN 12235 measurements.

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Courtesy of Haro

True Versatility

Rio’s excellent drainage system and sure footing make it a popular choice for both wet and dry conditions. Developed in 2013 for 3-on-3 basketball, Rio fulfills the requirements for tennis surfaces and can be used in multifunctional facilities for all kinds of outdoor activities including basketball.

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Unique Design & Quick installation

Based on a 10” x 50” plate format, with a construction height of 5/8”, Rio uses boards that are angle-engaged on the long sides via a lock connection, then fixed in place on the short sides with an aluminum pin. Featuring a special elastic inner layer and loosely laid-out broadloom, Rio is factory finished with a hot coating and has an overall construction height of 16mm. This modular system can be expertly set up by Mathusek in a very short time (and quickly dismantled if necessary), making basketball court installation for outdoor summer playing or tournaments a cinch.

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Fun Fact – Like all HARO products, Rio was named after an Olympic city—in this case, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, home of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Other HARO product names include Rome, Athens, Montreal, Melbourne and more.

If you’re interested in HARO Rio for your outdoor sports flooring installation project, contact Mathusek to learn more.

For more information about the ILS Financing Program, contact Kim White by email, or phone 800-438-1470, ext. 109.

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Gym Floor Makeovers: Hardwood Gym Floor Repairs

This is the next blog post in the Mathusek Gym Floor Makeover blogging series.  Hardwood gym floor repairs are a common and necessary sport flooring problem for any facility.

Hardwood is among the most durable of athletic flooring options, but it is important to maintain by taking care of problems as they arise.  When scuffs occur, buff them out.  When the shine of the top layer of polyurethane fades, screen and recoat it.  When chips and flaking occur, it may be time to sand and refinish your hardwood gym floor.

In addition to screening and re-coating, and sanding and refinishing, minor hardwood gym floor repairs may need to be addressed to fix a dent, stains, discoloration and broken boards.  Mathusek has 50 years experience dealing with every unique situation your floors can bring to you and are an invaluable resource to older and larger facilities.

Here are five hardwood gym floor repairs that Mathusek recommends you address ASAP:

Loose or Cracked Boards

Loose or cracked boards are a common occurrence for older hardwood, and make up a large number of gym floor repairs. These boards need to be repaired, usually during a complete gym floor sanding or other resurfacing project. A loose board is repaired by nailing the board back into place. A cracked board is repaired with wood filler if the board is not moving. Otherwise, a replacement board is needed.

Scratches and Dents

Scratches and dents happen to hardwood gym floors over time from daily wear and tear. This often requires sanding away the scratches and dents. Deeper dents can be filled with a special color-matched wood filler for athletic sport flooring. If the dent is too deep or appears across the board, it may be best to replace the board. Screening and re-coating is then applied.

What is screening and recoating?

Discoloration and Staining

Discoloration or staining can be addressed by screening and re-coating or sanding and resurfacing, depending on the severity of the discoloration or stain. High traffic areas can easily cause discoloration over time. That’s usually fixed by screening and re-coating. Water damage and more serious staining may need to be buffed out by sanding and refinishing your gym floor.

Water Damage

Water damage is one of the more serious hardwood gym floor repairs, as there are multiple factors that determine what must be done. Boards may discolor and cup from continuing water damaging factors. Oftentimes, boards that cannot return to their normal position must be replaced before sanding and refinishing. In extreme cases, an entirely new floor is needed.

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Let Mathusek help your team determine the best course of action for any kind of hardwood floor repairs.  Call or contact us today.

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