1997 was an amazing year... Erik Sigurdson's first daughter was born and he founded Courtsports!
In the beginning Erik focused on recoating existing gym floors only.
But within a year Erik decided to purchase a drum sander and he began installing and refinishing gym floors as well.
The company thrived for years as one of the highest volume gym flooring companies in the United States. Erik and his crews would often service up to 300 gymnasium floors each summer! He had landed contracts with several NBA and NCAA teams. These high profile customers encouraged others to follow. Millions of square feet of flooring were being painted, coated, and sanded each year by Erik and his crews.
For the first 5 years Erik tested and tried every product available for hardwood gym floors - seals, finishes, paints, abrasives, cleaners, etc. Most of the products he tested worked fine, but each of them had flaws. Many of the manufacturing companies were using old technologies and their products hadn't been improved. Many schools were recoating in-house and the custodians were using products that were overly expensive and didn't hold up very well. Most schools were using cleaners that weren't intended for hardwood floors, which over time damaged their floor surfaces (or left residues) and they became slippery. Erik decided it was the perfect time and an excellent opportunity to launch a new product line for maintaining gym floors.
Erik created an oil-modified urethane coating system called Polydefender. It's much more clear in color, compared to competitive polys that are normally very golden. Polydefender dries harder, allows for a second coat faster, and the odor is minimal. Polydefender will hide 150 grit screening marks with just one coat! Today 19 NBA teams use Polydefender on their court floors!
A two-part waterborne coating system called Aquadefender was created for low VOC regions. One of the main problems with waterborne coatings is the workability. Aquadefender doesn't foam-up, it levels out, streak-free, and still dries within 3-4 hours! Two coats of Aquadefender will hide 180 grit screening marks. Today we're seeing many regions increase VOC regulations, which makes Aquadefender the perfect choice!
Most paints offered for gym floors weren't developed for hardwood surfaces. Often companies use general-purpose enamels, marine enamels, and standard acrylics you can buy in any paint store. These paints don't hold up very on gym floors that expand, contract, and experience vertical deflection from jumping and bouncing balls. Gameliner Paint was developed for these extreme conditions that are experienced on all gym floors. It's a very elastic paint that won't shatter with normal gym floor movement. Gameliner dries quickly, covers with one coat, and lays out smooth. And all colors can be custom blended. Gameliner is the perfect paint for game lines, logos, and lettering!
Erik would often visit his customers newly refinished courts and he noticed most floors weren't being cleaned properly. Floors were dirty, grity, and dusty. Residue from cleaners was making the surface dull. And body perspiration was making the surfaces slippery. Nobody was teaching schools how to clean their floors properly. Most schools were learning how to clean from janitorial supply salesmen who have never actually cleaned a gym floor. Often the cleaners they sold were multi-purpose cleaners, citrus cleaners, or degreasers. Often too harsh and acidic to be used on gym floor coatings. Most floors were becoming slippery before basketball season actually began. This was the perfect opportunity to create a line of microfiber mops and cleaners developed exclusively for gym floor cleaning.
Erik created Courtcleanze, a concentrated cleaning formula that is mixed with water. It's non-ecotoxic, biodegradable, and safe to be used in schools. It removes the oils, perspiration, and ground in dirt that dry tacking leaves behind. It can be used in an auto-scrubber, it can wet mopped, or it can be used with a microfiber pad under a flat mop. Using Courtcleanze will increase the life of your gym floor and help maintain traction. Most NBA and NCAA teams clean their floors with Courtcleanze prior to tip-off for a traction-tight and safe surface.
Courtcleanze alone won't fix your slippery floor problems - so Erik created a line of mops called The Promop. The Promop comes in many sizes but most commonly the 48 inch Promop is used to clean gymnasium floors. Each Promop comes with a microcleanze cleaning pad that is used for damp cleaning with a solution of Courtcleanze, and a microcleanze fringe pad that is used for dry dusting. Both microfiber pads attach by two strips of Velcro so they can be removed/attached quickly and they can be re-used and washed up to 300 times. And each Promop can be customized with your team logo and colors!
Hyper-Dri mops were developed shortly thereafter for player safety during basketball/volleyball games. Hyper-Dri mops have larger bases and come in six different shapes and sizes that can be customized with your team logo and colors. Underneath each Hyper-Dri mop is a large microcleanze pad. Typically used by teams when a player falls and creates a wet spot on the floor. Today 25 of 30 NBA teams use our mops!
Over the past 20 years the business has continued to expand and mold to better serve our customers. Our goal is to keep your floor surface looking good all season long. Player safety today is becoming a major concern for athletes and facility managers worldwide. Your cleaning staff should be properly equipped to keep your floor looking good and performing all year long. We'd be more than happy to help you out!