When you think of sports like basketball, you might hear the squeaking of sneakers on a hardwood basketball court. When the game is on the line, you want coaches to have the right space to work with their teams, challenge their abilities, and dominate in the competition. The court is where the magic happens, and Sports Floors knows this!! To help keep your gym in pristine condition, we’re here to offer the best care to keep your players performing on the best surface possible. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of a screen and recoat for your gymnasium floors.
What Is A Screen and Recoat?
When you get a screen and recoat, the contractor will slightly abrade the existing finish on the floor and apply 1 to 2 coats of finish to the floor. This keeps your floor performing as designed year in and year out.
How does screening and recoating work?
After the floors are screened and tacked, we apply one to two coats of polyurethane depending upon if you are using oil based or water based finish. Typically, for a screen and recoat, you add one coat of poly for oil and two coats for water.
What happens if I don’t get a screen and recoat?
The problem with not screening the floor is that the friction performance characteristics of the floor will break down over time, making the floor slippery. This can become a safety concern. An annual floor screening can make sure everyone who uses the floor stays safe and performs as intended.
How often should I get a screen/recoat for my floor?
Depending on the use of the floor, it should be screened and recoated once a year at minimum. The advantage of a screen and recoat is that it adds a new luster to the floor but also increases the friction performance characteristics of the floor, making it safer to use.
How long does a screen and recoat take?
The time length can depend on the job, but a screen and recoat can typically be done in one day. Once applied the finish will need to be cured. Oil based polyurethane will take three to five days to dry, and a water based poly will usually dry in twenty-four hours.
How do I maintain my floor after the screen and recoat?
A good place to start is to dust mop the floor as many times daily as possible. Make sure that you do not use a dust mop treatment as they often will have some type of wax, which may contaminate the finish. If you have a spill, clean up the spill as soon as possible.For scuff marks, you may remove them simply by rubbing the scuff marks with a tennis ball on the end of a broomstick. Sports Floors can recommend products and procedures for daily maintenance.
Who should I hire to screen and recoat my gum floor?
You should only hire a MFMA accredited sports flooring contractor to perform a screen & recoat on your floor. The purposes of accreditation for hardwood maple sports flooring installers are to assist the general public in evaluating the experience and expertise of installers. It also helps to recognize professional hardwood maple sports flooring installers who have met a designated level of experience and demonstrated a standard of knowledge, providing a means of identifying professionals who have met a standard of achievement. This helps to raise the professional standards and improve the practice of hardwood sports flooring.
Maintain your gym with Sports Floors, Inc
Keeping your floors clean and performing at their best is important to maintain the quality and lifespan of your gym floor. Make sure you or the person responsible for caring for your gym floor understand these guidelines to get the most out of your investment. If you have any questions about properly maintaining your gym floor, our team would be happy to help. Contact us today, and let us get your gym floor looking and playing its best for your athletes!