How long does it take to complete an athletic floor?
How are floors graded?
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What are the required job site conditions that must be met before installing my wood floor?
The building must be fully enclosed with all windows and exterior doors installed.
The concrete slab must be placed for a minimum of 90 days and a moisture content of less than 4 lbs per thousand and flat to within 1/8” in 10 feet.
The heating/cooling system must be operating and controlled.
What happens after the job site is considered ready?
What are the typical stages of wood athletic floor installation?
- After the wood has been acclimated, a suitable moisture barrier must be installed to provide adequate protection for the flooring.
- The specified rubber pads are stapled to the plywood at 12″ O.C. and then placed in a brick pattern parallel to the finished floor.
- Install the second layer of plywood on a 45 degree angle to the first layer of plywood and stapled at 12″ O.C.
Machine nail flooring allowing for intermediate expansion.
- Acclimate for seven days prior to sanding.
Sand floor to a smooth, even surface and apply 1 coat of penetrating sealer.
- Prep and apply 1 coat of gym finish.
Prep and apply game lines, lettering and/or logos as specified.
- Prep and apply 2 more coats of gym finish.
Install base, thresholds, and cover plates according to plans.
- We recommend waiting at least 7 days after last coat of finish is applied before using the floor.
What is "Cupping"?
What is Buckling?
Cure: Fix the excessive moisture condition and allow the floor to dry to normal levels. Spot repair/replacement and reinstallation, then resand and refinish.
What is Crowning?
Cure: First, determine if the moisture content is normal and if all of the crowning from the original cupped condition has occurred. After the floor has stabilized, resand and finish.
What are Dents?
Cure: If wood fibers are not broken, attempt to draw fibers back up with an electric iron over a dampened cloth. If fibers are broken, remove and repair the damaged boards. The entire floor may need to be resanded and refinished.
What are normal gaps?
Cure: Normal gaps can be minimized by using the HVAC system to regulate fluctuations in humidity in the building. After the floor has stabilized, use filler in the small gaps and recoat the floor.
At the first signs of damage, or in the event of a water leak, it is important to notify your flooring contractor as soon as possible. We at Bauer Sport Floors are here to give advice and are trained to help owners with determining the best possible solution to their flooring problems.