1. We have done a similar job in Manhattan. Hardwood renovation since 1954. The new floor looks great!

  2. Sanding and patching hardwood, sealed with polyurethane is the way to go

  3. as a commercial warehouse flooring guy dealing with mostly epoxy and urethanes in NJ. This is pretty neat. I love natural flooring and wood is super tough. Nothing like a clean wood floor. which after all, is usually coated with Urethane.

  4. I’m trying to help a high school in Wisconsin sell its 60-year-old gym floor. Any ideas?

    • Have you had any luck finding a new home for the HS gym floor?

    • I paid 71cents per square foot for old maple gym floor, delivered, about 2,700 sf, and had about 20% loss due to weathering, breakage, etc. So you will not get rich selling this stuff. Refinishing this stuff is not easy, especially when old and weathered, and getting the striping off can be tough.
      I paid the same for warehouse flooring, a mix of maple, birch, and oak
      The gym floor finished out very consistently, and looks almost new, sort of, but cracks etc were left alone to show age; the warehouse floor actually looks older. We did not attempt to fill nail holes or make anything look new. All beautiful.
      Everything was 3/4″ or 1″, and subfloor was set to correct this. I’ve seen the maple go for $ 3-13/sf, but don’t get hopes up on price

      • Did you stain the floors and strip down teh original finish? I found some local gym flooring that I woudl like to use in my house and sand down and stain a darker shade. It is a Maple and has the markings on it still. I think would look great!

  5. Donni Alley says

    That flooring came from my old junior high school, and I’m so excited to learn it’s being given new life in the Green & Main Pilot Project! I attended my first dance on that floor. I love how sustainable building practices and historic preservation efforts are enabling Green & Main to help out the Cambria community while also enhancing the Des Moines community. Great story!

  6. Chad Alley says

    I went to Jr High at this school and remember practicing basketball on this court. It looks better than my basketball skills. Nice job!


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