Looking to rejuvenate the look of your sports floor to bring it up to speed with 21st century design and technology? Whether you are looking for a basketball floor, gym floor, weight room floor, etc, athletic flooring needs to be of the best quality for your needs to ensure you’ll get the longest life with as little preservation as possible. What should you look for when determining a supplier that’s going to give you the least headaches? Consider the following:
1.Where are materials sourced from? Many products made in third world countries could be less expensive, but they come at the cost of poor durability and quality that can increase the lifetime cost of the product, as expensive repairs or replacement needs to be done sooner. There are a large number of flooring companies that actually use harmful, deadly materials to create flooring products, and these cheap methods are what lead to short product life spans and costly maintence in the long-run.
2. Who answers the telephone when you try and contact them? If the specialized sports floors company that you called really wanted to give you the best customer service experience possible, they would never direct calls to a call center. Make sure that the person you are talking to is a qualified athletic flooring expert who is going to guide you and offer you experienced recommendations based on your needs, as you don’t want to buy the wrong floor, install it, and then look at it and say, woops, we bought the wrong floor..
3. How many hands touch your order? Distributor networks are becoming more and more common amongst large sports flooring manufacturers, which are used to process orders. From there the distributors often times subcontract the labor out to another party. This translates into two layers of additional cost and more importantly miscommunication issues. Moreover, responsibility becomes spread between multiple parties, which often times means if something goes wrong, people will start fingere pointing and nothing will get fixed. Having the ability to discuss your needs with one person means a signifcantly lesser chance of something going wrong or being misunderstood, allowing for a smooth process from start to finish.
4. How many different gym floors are sold by the manufacturer? A manufacturer that sells only one floor will try whatever they can to convince you that their one flooring product is good for your needs, when in reality; it may not be the best product for your facility. A company that sells multiple sports floors will be able to offer several varieties to best fit your requirements, rather than try and sell you the floor that best fits THEIR requirements. A professional basketball team is looking for a different sports floor than a high school gym.
5. Does the manufacturer visit your site? If the sports flooring company is truly interested in giving you the best product for your needs, they would send out a sports flooring specialist to evaluate your facility.. Industry standard moisture evaluations and placement suggestions would help eliminate flooring options to make the sports floor purchase tailored to your facility’s demands.