Adapting your sports hall for use as a classroom - will your hardwood floor be up to the task?


he current situation has created a need for greater flexibility and many schools will be

investigating how best they can adapt useable spaces within their schools. An obvious, large space which can easily be transformed into a classroom setting is the school hall or sports hall but how will your floor cope with new and different usage and demands? Will you need to cover it or take any special precautions to protect it? A Junckers solid hardwood sports floor is hard

wearing and very resistant to scratches, scuffs and indentations. The same Junckers lacquer finish is used in heavily trafficked commercial and public buildings such as cafes, restaurants, shopping centres and reception areas. For classroom use the floor should need no

additional protection, provided some simple measures are followed:

• Ensure all chair and table legs have non marking pads for protection.

• Take reasonable measures to keep dirt and grit away from the floor- use regular cleaning and effective barrier mats.

A good quality hardwood floor will not suffer

from cuts and indentations as may occur with synthetic floors. If the floor should become damaged, solid hardwood floors are very easy to renovate by sanding and sealing. The cost of renovation may well be less than that of a temporary covering, which makes using the floor without protection all the more attractive - and there will be no need to arrange for disposal of the waste floor covering afterwards…which is good for the environment! Changing the use of a hall from activity area to

classroom teaching may mean that a floor covering is desirable for other reasons, such as to reduce noise levels. A carpet or textile covering can be laid over a Junckers floor for the short, medium or long term. We suggest the following guidelines:

• Use a suitable underlay to prevent grit working through the carpet and laying on top of the lacquered surface.

• If the hall has underfloor heating, ensure the covering does not trap the heat too much and adjust the heat output accordingly to avoid over- heating the floor.

Fixed down temporary coverings If the covering must be fixed to the hardwood floor the best method is double sided tape or similar. Fully gluing the covering will make renovation of the hardwood floor difficult, and nail holes will be visible to some extent. For a “semi- loose laid” covering double sided tape can be used to secure the perimeter of the covering.

• Ensure the covering is breathable. An impervious covering may make the floor sweat and this may affect the timber. Do not use sheet vinyl or other similar coverings.

The tape may in the long term affect the lacquer but the hardwood beneath will be untouched, so sanding and resealing the floor, which is part of the normal maintenance routine anyway, will quickly bring the floor back to an as new condition ready for use.

Partitions It is possible to erect lightweight partitions on the floor. For office-style partitions a Junckers floor will easily bear the load and any floor fixings can be neatly filled and lacquered over. A durable and long-lasting flooring surface is a

good investment for any school or education facility, and if the floor can handle multiple usage it can provide extra space and even become a source of income. A solid hardwood floor from Junckers is strong and hard-wearing enough to meet a multitude of uses, including a classroom setting, assembly area or performance space. And afterwards, the floor is easily returned to its role as an activity floor, pandemic or no pandemic.

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