The three main reasons why athletic facilities should use gym floor covers are as follows: (1) to protect the floor when the gym is used for any function other than athletics; (2) to reduce maintenance and refinishing costs; and (3) to create a multi-use facility that can also generate rental income.
A hardwood or synthetic floor that’s protected by a COVERMASTER® gym floor cover will help prevent the floor from being damaged by street shoes, chairs and table legs or stained by spills. Obviously, this minimizes floor maintenance costs including floor refinishing and resurfacing.
There are numerous opportunities for special events. Already, many schools use their gyms for graduations, polling stations and special meetings. However, most gyms can also be used for dances, banquets, concerts, local business shows, fund raising bazaars, etc.
And by using the gym for events other than athletics, the facility can generate income that can be put to use to meet regular expenses or to finance special equipment.
Another good reason for a cover is the occasion when an outdoor event, such as a graduation ceremony, is forced indoors due to inclement weather. A cover lets you quickly convert the gym for this purpose while you protect the floor from the damage you can expect from chairs and street shoes.
2 - How do I select the right gym floor cover model for my facility?
To know which gym floor cover model is best for you, you’ll want to consider two main factors: the type of events and the frequency of use. This, of course, depends on local needs and opportunities (see chart). For example, many facilities use their gym at least once a month for dances, concerts, trade shows and other events that require tables, chairs and other furniture. This calls for a cover with a high resistance to tearing and a thick, durable outer wear coating. The cost of the cover may also be a consideration. In some situations, budget limitations can dictate the type of cover.
3 - Why should I roll the gym floor cover instead of folding it?
When you fold a gym floor cover, you have no choice but to lift it and place it on a dolly or handcart. While this may initially be cost efficient, it is very awkward to handle a large section of cover this way, not to mention the backbreaking work. Worse, the cover will end up with permanent creases from repeated folding. Last, but not least, the cover will no longer lay flat, which may create the hazard of tripping. We therefore recommend the COVERMATE™, the easiest and quickest way to handle a gym floor cover.
4 - How do I choose the color of my gym floor cover?
It’s easy to select a color once you consider the kind of effect you want to achieve. Some schools want to match one of the wood tones of their hardwood floor, such as light beige. Others prefer to stay with school colors. The good news is, with a COVERMASTER® gym floor cover, the color choice is yours.
Today, the majority of schools select a cover that allows them to have a combination of a dark color on one side and a light color on the other. The reason is that a dark background tends to hide the type of stains that you can expect from spills and shoes during dances and concerts. On the other hand, the light colored side is best if you want the room to have a nice clean appearance for graduations and similar events.
Please see the individual product pages for the available color selections of each model.
Your COVERMASTER® gym floor cover is easily cleaned using standard industrial cleaning solutions and equipment. After each use of the cover all loose debris should be removed using the COVERCLEAN™ brush system or manually by sweeping the cover with a broom or dry mop. Any stubborn stains can be removed with most types of commercial cleaners. Since all COVERMASTER® covers are treated to resist mildew and fungus, spilled liquids and foods are not a problem. Simple cleaning and drying is all that you need to do to keep your cover in top condition for many, many years.
6 - How do I attach the individual gym floor cover sections together?
It is advisable to tape the overlaps of each gym floor cover section to ensure that spills don’t seep under the cover and to prevent any possible trip hazards. COVERMASTER’s one-time use, disposable seaming tape is specially designed for this purpose since it leaves no messy glue residue when removed. The tape is available in 3" widths. We also recommend the use of our hand held tape dispenser.
7 - What maintenance is required for my gym floor cover?
All COVERMASTER® MASTER SERIES™ gym floor covers are designed to give you years of trouble free service. However, to maximize the life of your cover, we highly recommend that you follow a regular cleaning schedule. Beyond this type of maintenance, special repair kits are available should the cover require minor repairs. Simply follow the instructions included with the kit. Cover repair kits can be ordered directly from COVERMASTER®.
8 - What warranty will come with my gym floor cover?
At Covermaster Inc., we are committed to providing the quality in products and services that assures complete customer satisfaction. It's a promise we take very seriously. That's why every COVERMASTER® protective gym floor cover is backed with a full warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. All warranties begin the day your shipment arrives. If you encounter any problem with your COVERMASTER® gym floor cover, simply contact us for immediate service. Please see the individual product pages for the warranty period of each model.
9 - Why is it important that the gym floor cover storage rack be certified as engineered designed for safety?
A fully loaded storage rack can weigh up to 3000lbs. Unless its structure has been engineered to hold heavy loads it could collapse or worse tip over when being moved or being loaded or unloaded. Be sure and establish that any gym floor cover storage system you are purchasing has a qualified engineer certificate for safety design.