Having the right designs on your flooring impacts your gymnasium’s aesthetics and safety capabilities. If you installed a new floor or want to enhance it after years of continuous use, you have two options to add the necessary lines and logos — staining and painting.

What Are the Differences Between Staining and Painting a Wood Gym Floor?

Staining and painting are excellent choices when it’s time to customize your wooden floor. Take a look at what makes each process special to decide which is the best option for your floor:

  • Stain: Stain works its way deeper into wood than paint, offering a longer life span and a unique subtle style. This choice can enhance your wood grain’s texture and add contrasting areas to your court.
  • Paint: Painted areas on your court offer pops of color, from bold logos to vibrant images. Paint is ideal for court lines and should be cared for roughly every eight to 10 years.

How to Stain a Gym Floor

Whether your gym floor is at a school or a dedicated sports facility, it is most likely used a lot and needs maintenance to help you get the most out of your investment. Staining is a fantastic option for creating a one-of-a-kind design.

If you’ve decided that you want to stain your gym floor, consider the following steps.

  1. Sanding: This step will restore your floor to its base wood layer.
  2. Sealing: Sealing your floor will extend its life span, giving it strength to withstand the test of time.
  3. Taping: Flooring experts lay tape to create an outline of your design and see where the stain should go.
  4. Tacking: Tacking requires using a damp or dry microfiber cloth to remove all debris and ensure a smooth finish.
  5. Staining: Your stain of choice will be spread throughout the correct areas and given adequate time to dry.
  6. Finishing: Two finishes are applied on top of your floor to improve its resistance to high traffic and use.

How to Paint a Gym Floor

A fresh coat of paint will enhance your floor and catch visitors’ attention. The process of painting your floors is similar to staining them. The general steps include:

  1. Sanding: This process exposes the base wood and creates a surface for the future paint to adhere to for long-lasting use.
  2. Sealing: A sealant is applied to help your floor withstand wear and tear.
  3. Tacking: Professionals will use a damp or dry microfiber cloth between each step to remove debris, dust or anything else that may affect the paint’s quality.
  4. Taping: Specialists create the court outline based on your design demands so that they know what color paint is going where.
  5. Painting: Painters will get to work using rollers, brushes and buffers to bring your creative vision to life.
  6. Finishing: After the paint is dry and clean, the final step is to add two coats of a high-quality finish for protection and aesthetic looks.

Contact CBA Sports for Gym Floor Installation, Replacement or Maintenance

When you’re looking to paint or stain your hardwood flooring, you can count on the professionals at CBA Sports for assistance. We have decades of experience helping schools, professional sports teams and private sports facilities design and construct the athletic performance courts of their dreams.

If you’re interested in working with CBA Sports, call us at 770-797-9990 or contact our specialists online for a free consultation today. You can also try our Interactive Court Builder to bring your vision to life!

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