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 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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