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.


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!


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.


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!

The Best Value and Wear Depth in Athletic Maple Flooring

Get the best wear depth with Horner’s Long Life™ Flooring!

Longer Wear Life. Ecologically Sound.


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Horner Flooring Company has long been an ecological leader within the sports flooring industry. It was one of the first manufacturing mills to advocate the benefits of 25/32″ flooring over the previously-used industry popular of 33/32″ flooring. Now it’s the first to offer an extended wear life 25/32″ product with the introduction of its Long Life™ Flooring product.

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Benefits of Long Life:

  • Extended Wear Life
  • Ecologically Responsible
  • Increased Availability
  • Cost Savings
  • Ease of Application


Horner’s Long Life™ Flooring offers the ecological, cost savings and availability benefits of standard 25/32″ product but with the extended wear life of 33/32″ flooring. Long Life™ Flooring can be used over any Horner system utilizing at least one single layer of 15/32″ plywood or 7/16″ OSB or other manufacturer approved subfloor.

Double the wear life of the 25/32″, without the cost of 33/32″!

Horner’s Long Life™ Flooring is more ecologically sound as it minimizes wood waste when a floor has reached maximum wear depth. This is accomplished by shifting the tongue and groove assembly down, resulting in a higher proportion of flooring thickness being dedicated to wear depth. Less lumber is consumed for 25/32″ product, regardless of wear depth, than is consumed for 33/32″ product.

Horner’s Long Life™ product is an excellent candidate to be submitted for a LEED© Innovation & Design Process Credit!

Contact us to talk about using Horner Long Life™ for your new floor!

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