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Sanding & Sealing

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 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. The overall consensus, there are up to six sands available in a 25/32" thick maple floor, if the floor is sanded at reasonable frequency and is maintained and sanded by a knowledgeable skilled flooring contractor and does not suffer any environmental or abuse damage.  The general average of 8 to 12 years for owners having their floors sanded results in a typical average life span in excess of 75 years.  

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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