Print version of the Industry Recommendations for Sanding, Sealing, Court Lining, Finishing & Resurfacing of Maple Gym Floors


These recommendations are general in nature and are intended to guide architects, engineers, contractors and wood flooring owners.

These recommendations are intended to aid in maintaining high performance and safety standards. The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association, its members and employees do not warrant these recommendations as proper under all conditions. As with any product, please consult the manufacturer's guidelines before use.

There are numerous factors that impact the life of an MFMA maple flooring system.  Sanding is obviously the most essential.  Typically, the installation sanding will remove a full 1/32" of maple thickness above the tongue.  Future sandings typically do not remove any more than 1/32" of thickness.  As a result, a properly maintained 25/32" MFMA maple floor will provide four to six additional sandings after installation.  Following our recommended maintenance schedule, this projects to a life span of at least 30-40 years or more. A properly maintained 33/32" MFMA maple floor will provide eight to ten sandings and has a life span of 60 years or more.
A typical MFMA maintenance schedule calls for an annual finish recoat and a complete resurfacing every 8-10 years, depending on facility use. 
Disclaimer: The MFMA provides general information to architects, specifiers and consumers. The MFMA, its members, officers and agents disclaim any responsibility whatsoever for the accuracy or applicability of these guidelines under all circumstances and conditions.
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