The start of the school year is the beginning of the wear and tear on the rubber sports flooring and hardwood sports flooring in your facilities. These floors experience traffic year-round, but the school year brings more students, more practices, and more time spent in the training rooms. Make sure you follow these tips based on the type of sports flooring in your facility to protect your company’s investment, keep people safe, and keep the flooring looking newer longer.
As the winter months count down and we move closer and closer towards spring time, it is important to know what this means for your wood gym floor.
Wood is a hygroscopic material which means it absorbs and releases moisture. The effects of moisture on wood are the expansion and contraction of the individual boards.
During the winter months, the low humidity levels will lead to visible gaps between floor boards. In contrast, the higher humidity levels over the summer will lead to tighter seams between floor boards. It is extremely important to maintain the appropriate humidity levels within your gymnasium to avoid excessive expansion and potential crowning in your wood floor.
The MFMA recommends maintaining indoor humidity’s between 35-50% utilizing HVAC systems. If these systems are not available, the use of fans to obtain air circulation can limit the impact of the high humidity levels.