Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Quality Assurance

When purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, you’ll want to make sure the performance and quality of the floor are what you expect. There are multiple sets of flooring standards and guidelines which can help you to determine if the system will meet your needs.

At Horner, we have several DIN floors known as our Performance Systems. DIN standards measure the following performance characteristics:

  • shock absorption
  • vertical deflection
  • deflective indentation
  • ball bounce
  • friction
  • rolling load

Horner Flooring also has a Long Life flooring option. As it’s name suggests, Long Life flooring will help to extend the life of the hardwood floor by providing a thicker hardwood surface. This will enable to floor to be sanded down and refinished more times than a regular 25/32″ floor. The life of the hardwood floor also contributes to its quality.

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Horner’s Long Life flooring option

Also make sure you select a quality installer to install your new hardwood athletic floor. In order to assure quality, the floor must be properly installed. If you’re unsure about how to select an installer, see our previous blog post, Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Installation, or ask your flooring provider for recommendations for your geographic area.

Looking for more information on what to consider when purchasing a new hardwood athletic floor? Download Horner Flooring’s FREE eBook, 10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor!

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Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Installation

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, it’s important to consider who will install the new floor. You want someone who is trustworthy and reliable and is experienced with the flooring system.

The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) has a list of accredited installers on their webpage. Each of these installers and flooring manufacturers are evaluated every two years. These evaluation tests ensure that the installation recommendations are being followed.

Do you want to find a Horner Dealer? We have made it extremely easy, simply type in your zip code on our website and we will give you a list of Horner Dealers near you.

Maintenance Tip: When your floor is installed, make sure to ask the manufacturer or installer the best ways to maintain your floor or for a cleaning demonstration. Many will do this free of charge.

Looking for more information on what to consider when purchasing a new hardwood athletic floor? Download Horner Flooring’s FREE eBook, 10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor!

Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Sustainability

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, sustainability should be a question to ask yourself or your company. First, consider which LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements you need fulfilled. Then, look at the LEED credits of the company to manufacture your new floor.

For example, Horner Flooring has several LEED credits. To give an example of what LEED credits look like:

  • EQ Credit 4.4 – Low-Emitting Materials – Composite Wood
    • (Horner’s manufactured-assembled subfloors are made with urea-formaldehyde-free plywood)
  • MR Credit 4.2 – MR Credit 4.3 Recycled Content
    • (Horner ECO PAD Options are made of 90.5% post-consumer recycled rubber)

Subfloors in particular can be made in part with post-consumer recycled materials, combined with sustainable harvested wood. Check out the following table to see where the sustainable wood is typically used:

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If you or your company decides post-consumer recycled materials are necessary for your new floor, make sure the gym floor contractor is aware. Many times you can get a quality sustainable product and make eco-friendly choices even without a LEED certified floor, so check out all your options when considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor.

Also when considering green choices, consider a water based finish for your hardwood athletic floor instead of an oil-based finish. This will help reduce the BOC content. Some state and local laws actually limit BOC amounts, so make sure to check your laws before deciding on a finish.

Building green with a sustainable design is great for the environment, so when considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, consider all your options and decide what’s best for your company.

Looking for more information? Download Horner Flooring’s FREE eBook – 10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor!

Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Sub-floor

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, one of the trickiest parts can be deciding upon a sub-floor. In the previous blog post, we discussed briefly which type of system is most popular for basketball, volleyball, and racquetball.

Traditional floating floors are still an economical and very functional choice for any use of a hardwood floor system. However, “traditional floating floors decreased from 55% of the athletic market to 49% from 2006 to 2010.” This has made way for the anchored-resilient system (also known as fixed-resilient or fixed-floating) to gain popularity.

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What do these mean? A floating floor is a floor system that is placed on top of a concrete base. An anchored-resilient system is fixed to the concrete base layer. Each have their advantages, and each system is an excellent choice.

If you would like to talk to a Horner representative that can help individualize your floor system, contact Karl Borree at 906.482.1180.

To download our FREE eBook with more information about what you should ask when purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, click here!

Top 10 LEED States Revealed!

Top 10 States for LEED 2012

Photo by USGBC

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revealed a list of 2012’s top ten states for new LEED certifications.  We applaud the effort and dedication each state has given toward LEED certifications and are proud to bring forth more sustainable design to the industry.

USGBC 2012 List of Top 10 States for LEED

USGBC 2012 List of Top 10 States for LEED

Topping the list for a second time is the District of Columbia, followed by Virginia, then Colorado. Massachusetts moved up three positions since it’s place on the list last year. Any predictions on who will top it next year?

usgbc_logo-298x300According to the USGBC, 2.2 billion square feet of space has been certified worldwide through 2012.

Some significant projects that certified in 2012 include:

  • Atlantic Wharf, the first LEED Platinum skyscraper in Boston
  • National Football League (NFL) corporate headquarters in New York City, LEED Gold
  • Dallas Convention Center Hotel, the fist LEED Gold hotel in Texas

Learn more about LEED on our website!

Questions?  Contact us and one of our LEED AP’s will gladly speak with you!