Gym Floor Sanding

smac sanding

Every once in a while, even the most cared for hardwood floor will require what QHF Sports calls a gym floor sanding, or “sand-down”. Resurfacing a gym’s hardwood can return an older gym surface to “like-new” conditions and improve performance.

Some reasons to sand your sports floor include:

  • Signs of Aging: Ambering

  • Large-Area Repairs

  • Major Finish Damage: Peeling / Chipping / Flaking

  • Updating School Logos or Colors

  • Water Damage

When To Sand Your Sports Floor

full court sanding

It is recommended to sand your gym floor down to bare wood every 8-12 years. The MFMA recommends no more than 6 total sand-downs for the approximate 75-year lifetime of a gym floor. This is said if all possible pitfalls are avoided.

Normally, it takes around 2 weeks until a gym is ready for play. However, repairs or discoverable problems can extend this time-frame. Sanding your gym floor can be an interrupting event so schools will typically schedule gym floor sandings for the summer time.

What Happens

before gym floor sanding
Before Sanding

The QHF pros remove existing finish and game-lines resulting in bare-wood during the “sand-down”. This allows QHF Sports to inspect the gym floor for any damaged boards or areas on the playing surface and subfloor.

Next the gym floor is lightly sanded again to ensure all minor dents or scratches are removed. Once the floor is sanded and vacuumed, the sanding process is completed by sealing, painting and finishing. 

gym floor sanding complete
After Sanding

QHF Sports helps achieve the best look for your hardwood sports floor. For instance, click here to see some of our latest sand, paint and finish projects.