Supplement Feature - September 2012
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A Court for Every Need

Improve Playability, Longevity Maintenance & More

By Julie Knudson

YMCA of Rome and Floyd County

Unlike the YMCA in New Orleans, which was able to spiff up its original surface, a moisture problem forced the YMCA of Rome and Floyd County in Georgia to completely replace its old court. After implementing a solution to the water problem—one they weren't sure would be entirely effective—executive director Scott McCreless said they needed to find a new surface. "We started looking for a product that would work even if we did have another moisture issue," he said.

Before McCreless made the selection final, he visited an elementary school in Augusta that was already using the surface under consideration. "I wanted to actually feel the basketball bounce on it and see how it played," he explained.

Installed in December 2011, the new floor has been in place long enough for McCreless to confirm he's pleased with it. "I was a little nervous when we put the floor in, because anybody that plays basketball obviously wants a hardwood floor," he said. But feedback from players has been positive, and the new floor has shown it can support a range of sports. "We use our floor not only for basketball, but we also do school PE on it as well as special events," McCreless said. "It's a great multiuse floor for us. We really like that aspect of it a lot."

Because the floor plays host to so many different activities, McCreless said it doesn't get much downtime. "I don't know if there are manufacturer's recommended rest periods or not, but we don't give it a whole lot of rest," he said. It's a typical scenario for most nonprofits, who strive to keep their areas busy. "There is constantly something going on," McCreless mused.

No maintenance issues have come up with the new floor, though McCreless said that his team has occasionally noticed movement of the maple overlay when bleachers are rolled onto the surface. The fix is easy, and involves pulling up the maple, spraying adhesive underneath, and reattaching the overlay. After that, McCreless said the floor is fine. There are also one or two dead spots, though McCreless said they're likely a result of the previous water damage. "We just went directly over the old poured floor," he said.

If a piece of floor does go bad, McCreless said the solution is as easy as popping out the problem piece and putting down another. "Anybody can do it," he said. McCreless said the floor has been perfect for the setting at the Y, and he regularly recommends the product to others. "A lot of people call me and ask about it, and we certainly have nothing but good things to say."