Reasons to Hire a Sports Flooring Professional #4: PRODUCT QUALITY

Sports Flooring Professionals

Everybody Wants to be a Floor Man Until it’s Time to Do Floor Man Sh*t!

This is the fourth installment in this series, so keep reading. If you missed the first three articles #1 Product Choice, #2 The Construction Environment , or #3 Design Options .

 

REASONS TO HIRE A SPORT FLOORING PROFESSIONAL #4!

PRODUCT QUALITY

I intended this to be the last article in this series and I have found myself hung up on the topic of quality. I’ve been around to block once or twice in my life – currently pushing 60 years old with about 35 years in the flooring business. Quality comes down to product and people. What did you buy and who did you buy it from? In construction, this takes on a different aspect than buying retail goods. In construction, there is some agent in between what was manufactured and what was delivered. What was manufactured in a plant somewhere must be installed and serviced. I’ve seen great products installed poorly. I’ve seen great installations of mediocre products that served their purpose very well for a long time.

Material

Since I am in the sports flooring business and we install a lot of rubber, I started writing this article with the intent of discussing binder quality and raw materials – why not buying quality materials will have your facility smelling like a tire store forever, and cause premature degradation of the material. Then I was going to talk about why having a sole source for raw materials was important and how that affects the overall strength of the rubber, and consequently the performance of you weight room rubber under stress. Then I was going to talk about subcontractors and installers and how to spot the good ones. But all that would be boring as hell and is better discussed over a beer or bourbon someplace.

Just be aware that there is a difference between the good and the bad in sports flooring like everything else. Your sport flooring professional WILL deliver you the best products, service, and value. The better manufacturers will generally gravitate toward the better companies that consistently deliver the best service and honestly represent their products. Better manufacturers sell tons (literally) of product, making their quality products cost less than lesser products that may sell for more. It’s an economics equation.

You might also look at how many middlemen are in the way between what you bought and where it was made. The better contractors are generally buying direct from the manufacturer. This is key when it comes to warranty issues. A direct relationship with the manufacturer is also important when troubleshooting the installation as they can respond more readily to real-time issues rather than go to a contractor who calls the store that calls a rep that may be available to call the plant.

Installation

Sports flooring professionals WILL be tracking with the best flooring installation crews that do this all the time. That makes a difference. Installers that do sports flooring all the time become very efficient at the process and will deliver flooring projects timelier, more effortlessly, more safely, and better than somebody who does it rarely. And it does not matter if the installer is an employee or a subcontractor. Most of the best sports flooring installers are subs, but that topic is better left to more happy hour discussions and floor-war stories.

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get”. This quote has been attributed to Warren Buffet, but you know…the internet can be sketchy sometimes. It’s still the right sentiment for this article. I hope that when you buy your performance weight room flooring you get more than what you paid for. That’s good value. The best way to start is to locate, listen to, and hire a sports flooring professional.

If you have a project that needs a sports flooring professional, please feel free to contact us.  SPEC athletic is your sports flooring resource.

REASONS TO HIRE A SPORTS FLOORING PROFESSIONAL #2: The Construction Environment

Sports Flooring Professionals

Everybody wants to be a Floor Man but nobody wants to do Floor Man Sh*t

REASONS TO HIRE A SPORTS FLOORING PROFESSIONAL #2: The Construction Environment

This is the second installment in this series. We are unapologetically flooring people – and SPECifically sports flooring professionals. I have been in flooring for over thirty years and sports flooring for over twenty – not just as a business professional, as an installer and technical resource to architects, general contractors, owners of facilities, strength equipment suppliers, and other flooring tradesmen.

Blame it on the big box do-it-yourself stores and the internet. We’ve become convinced that with YouTube videos and a little help from the guy at Home Depot, we can do anything. But to get the best products, a quality installation done on time and on budget, a sport flooring professional will help you get there.

CONSTRUCTION

First off, a performance sport flooring professional will know how to interact with and respond to the construction community. They will help navigate the project flow with your architect and general contractor. This is important and will save you TIME, MONEY, and HEADACHES.

Whether you are building a brand-new building or remodeling an existing space, a sport flooring professional with construction experience is the best choice.

WORKING WITH YOUR EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER

This becomes more important when you are including inlaid platforms and other design elements in your project. A performance flooring professional will provide shop drawings for the Equipment supplier and work with them to accomplish the goals for the Strength and Conditioning coach.

PRODUCTS and WARRANTY

A sport flooring professional will have access to the best suppliers and manufacturers available, and should offer the best warranty. Buying products from the internet or from a local flooring store that “has rubber” can be a risky proposition. Know who you are dealing with.

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

This should go without saying. Does the company you are dealing with have the ability and willingness to handle repairs to your floor? Even though it rubber and seems indestructible, things happen and need to be repaired well and in a timely fashion.  A sports flooring professional will be there for you throughout the lifetime of the floor to ensure the best possible environment for your athletes to train.

If you have a project that needs a sports flooring professional, please feel free to contact us.  SPEC athletic is your sports flooring resource.

Maintain Aktiv Floors

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Maintain Aktiv floors

How to Maintain Aktiv Floors

Regupol Aktiv is made to stand the test of time and abuse.  We know that the athletes that train on our floors work hard so we only install floors that can bring the same level of intensity.  Keeping the floors clean and maintained will ensure their long life and integrity.  Here is a guide on how to maintain Aktiv floors to keep them looking and performing their best.

Initial Cleaning*

1. Remove all loose debris by vacuuming, sweeping or by using a dust mop.

2. Scrub floor by using a buffer or auto scrubber fitted with a soft nylon brush or purple scrub pad. The floor can also be scrubbed using a traditional string mop or newer style microfiber mop head. We recommend using Taski Profi as a detergent for cleaning and maintenance but any neutral pH(7‐9) is acceptable to use on the floor. Dilute the solution 10 oz. per gallon of water. Do not flood the floor with water.

3. Use a wet vacuum to pick up the cleaning solution from the floor and rise with clean water. Again, do not flood the floor. The rinse water should then be wet vacuumed from the floor.

4. Allow the floor to dry before foot traffic.

Regular Maintenance*

1. Keep surface free from loose debris by sweeping, using a dust mop or by vacuuming the surface daily or as needed.

2. Damp mop surface by using a traditional mop, microfiber mop or by using an auto scrubber fitted with a purple scrub pad. Use Taski Profi as the detergent and dilute 6‐10 oz/gallon water.

3. Use a wet vacuum to pick up the cleaning solution from the floor and rise with clean water. Again, do not flood the floor. The rinse water should then be wet vacuumed from the floor.

4. Allow the floor to dry before foot traffic.

It is important to keep floors maintained for safety reasons.  Loose debris or heavy dust can promote a slippery environment which could cause injury.  Regular and routine cleaning will also keep the floors looking their best.  For more information visit our Aktiv page, call (815)-254-4414 , or email us!

 

*Retrieved from the Regupol website