Is it time for a gym floor makeover? In part 2 of our Q&A session, Kevin Price answers all the questions gym floor owners have about sanding and refinishing their floors.kevin price- head shot- cropped

1. How often should you sand & refinish a gymnasium floor? A gymnasium floor should be sanded and refinished every 10 years, however, this is simply a guideline.  If there is chipping or flaking of finish, it might be time for a sanding.  There are also other signs that a professional flooring contractor can look for in determining if the floor needs to be sanded.  Finally, at the higher education institutions, typically a coaching change will bring about the need for a sand and refinish as well as often times the new coach has his own thoughts and ideas for graphics.

2. How long does it take to sand & refinish a floor? I would say that a typical sand and refinish will take 3 to 4 weeks, this includes cure time for the finish.  This, of course, depends on the amount of striping.  The more striping, the longer the process.  In addition, the type of finished used (oil vs. water) may affect the duration.

3. What noticeable signs are there that signifies that a floor is ready for a sand & refinish?  Typically if the existing finish is cracking or peeling it might be time. Another sign is if the floor is ambering. From a professional standpoint, ambering should not be used as a sign to determine if the floor needs to be sanded.  The key sign is if the floor is chipping or flaking.Hofstra-University---Bio-Channel-LP-Milburn-2014-(19)-resized

4. Just because a floor is ambered, does that mean that it needs to be re-sanded?  See answer above.

5. What is the range of cost for a sand & refinish? A good range for a sand and refinish is $2.00 – $3.00/per square foot, and will vary based on size of floor, location, paint/stain detail, etc… The types of finish, court graphics, and time of year also plays a role in the total cost. *Note: The cost range should be used for budgeting purposes only. For accurate pricing, please contact your local Robbins dealer.  

6. What is the daily maintenance of a floor after it has been sanded & refinished?  The best course of action is to dust-mop the floor as many times daily as possible.  Make sure that you do not use a dust-mop treatment as they often will have some type of oil.  If you have a spill, you may need to mop it up but we would strongly encourage you to dry the floor after you mop it.  Remember, water and wood do not mix.  There are also devices that are made to help “clean” a floor that have been very effective.  If there are scuff marks, you mayHofstra-University---Bio-Channel-LP-Milburn-2014-(28)-resized remove them simply by rubbing your shoe over the scuff mark or by rubbing a tennis ball over the scuff mark. For best results, refer to your finish manufacturer maintenance instructions.

7. Can you use a scrubber-vac on a wood floor?  It is Robbins and the Maple Floor Manufacturers Association (MFMA) position that scrubber vacs should not be used on a wood floor, in fact, the use of the scrubber vac on a newly installed floor will void the warranty.

8. Can you use any hardwood floor contractor to refinish the floor? Or should you choose one that specializes in sports flooring? Why?  It is my experience that you should only hire an MFMA accredited sports flooring contractor to perform a sand/stripe/refinish to your floor.  The reason why is because the flooring contractor is trained, tested and certified in the processes and procedures set forth by the finish manufacturer for a sand/stripe/refinish.  After all, this process takes time and money,  if the gymnasium is closed for longer than expected, then the athletic department or the owner are going to be scrambling to finds places for the teams to practice and play their games, often times having to pay to use a different facility.  More importantly, does an owner or athletic director want to trust the work of someone that is not qualified to protect the safety of their players?

9. How long must you wait to get back on the gym floor after the floor has been sanded and refinished?  The floor should cure for a minimum of 72 hours if using water-based finish and up to seven (7) days if using oil-modified finish.  The oil-modified finish will take longer to cure based on temperature and humidity conditions in the room, generally, the more humid the room, the longer the cure time.

About the Expert
Kevin Price is the Regional Sales Manager for the Central Region at Robbins Sports Surfaces. He has more than 14 years of experience in the sports flooring industry. Kevin joined Robbins in 2012 and prior to that, he was the Regional Manager for Robbins exclusive dealer, the Cincinnati Floor Company (CFC). During his time at CFC, Kevin gained an appreciation and love for the industry, as well as working knowledge of the installation, sanding, sealing, stripping and finishing techniques of gymnasium flooring. He attended school at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He is also an avid fan of all St. Louis sports teams.

 

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Galaxy® XTreme

XTreme Flooring for XTreme Athletes

The leader in recycled rubber flooring has devised a whole new way to outfit your facility. Galaxy XTreme is a modular tile with a dual personality. Its thick, unique composite structure is highly durable with outstanding wear resistance. And its revolutionary proprietary inner layer gives this monster of a product an XTremely durable quality. XTreme’s beauty is its brilliant color and cushioned comfort, offering a safe, secure solution for tough environments. Galaxy XTreme comes in a variety of standard color and logo options, with custom colors and designs available to spec as well.

  • Prefabricated factory molded tile consisting of 100% recycled SBR rubber backing
  • Recycled SBR or EDPM top wear-layer
  • Unique waffle bottom design for excellent shock absorption, impact absorption, drainage & cable routing
  • Available in a variety of color options
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Standard Tile Size: 24″ x 24″ x 1″

Weight: 18 lbs each

Installation: Doweled, Glue-down or loose-lay

 
Similar Weight Room Flooring Systems Include:
Galaxy Ultra | Galaxy Fit | Galaxy Classic | Pulastic GT 100

Reference Projects: Rubber Floors

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Eclipse® (Anchored)

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Only Robbins could have packed this much performance into a single gymnasium flooring system.  Introducing Eclipse, a COMPETITION CLASS FLOOR built to withstand the rigors of every-day use.  But not only that, we also designed it to be affordable.  So whether you’re in charge of an elite NBA training facility, NCAA college basketball or volleyball team, or high school athletic program, or just looking for the best value for your money at any level of play, you owe it to yourself to take a look at what Eclipse has to offer. The NEW Eclipse sports floor is perfect for any gym floor, basketball court, or volleyball. Go ahead and compare…

System Feature Buildup (top to bottom):

  1. Finish – MFMA approved Finish
  2. Gamelines – Compatible Gameline Paint
  3. Sealer – MFMA approved Sealer
  4. Maple Flooring – 25/32″ Commodity Random Length(RL) or upgraded 25/32″ Continuous Strip® XL Finger-Jointed(FJ), MFMA Northern Hard Maple Strip Flooring
  5. Flooring Fastener – 2″ staples or cleats
  6. Subfloor – Assembled double layer Eclipse subfloor
  7. Anchor – Anchor Spike and sleeve
  8. Resilient Pad – 7/16″ Resilient Pad
  9. Vapor Retarder – 6-mil polyethylene film 

System Benefits:

  • Superior performance, meets all requirements of MFMA PUR, DIN, ASTM and EN standards.
  • Complete uniformity of game play performance.
  • Economical

System Height:

  • 2 1/8″(54mm) with 25/32″(20mm) thick Flooring
  • 2 3/8″(60mm) with 33/32″(26mm) thick Flooring

Reference Projects: Eclipse Systems

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Eclipse® SB (Anchored)  

If your facility may be subjected to heavy loads, the Eclipse SB system is for you! Eclipse SB takes the standard Eclipse system and adds a floor load handling feature to it.  The “SB” stands for “Self Blocking”.    This limits the overall deflection of the subfloor during heavy loads.  Essentially, the resilient subfloor is designed to “bottom out” on the concrete slab during excessive loading from bleachers, portable basketball goals, and heavy equipment.  However, the system performs like the standard Eclipse system during athletic play.

System Feature Buildup (top to bottom):

  1. Finish – MFMA approved Finish
  2. Gamelines – Compatible Gameline Paint
  3. Sealer – MFMA approved Sealer
  4. Flooring – 25/32″ Commodity Random Length(RL) or upgraded 25/32″ Continuous Strip® XL Finger-Jointed(FJ), MFMA Northern Hard Maple Strip Flooring
  5. Flooring Fastener – 2″(51mm) staples or flooring cleats.
  6. Subfloor – Assembled double layer Eclipse subfloor
  7. Anchor – Anchor spike and sleeve
  8. Resilient Pad – 7/16″(11mm) Resilient Pad.
  9. Vapor Retarder – 6-mil polyethylene film

System Benefits:

  • Handles heavy loads, the ‘SB’ feature allows system to bottom out during excessive loading.
  • Superior performance, meets all requirements of MFMA PUR, DIN, ASTM and EN standards.
  • Complete uniformity of game play performance.
  • Economical

System Height:

  • 2″ (51mm) with 25/32″(20mm) thick Flooring
  • 2 1/4″ (57mm) with 33/32″(26mm) thick Flooring

Reference Projects: Eclipse Systems

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Bio-Channel® Classic

Made in USA

 

Bio-Channel Classic is the proven choice for performance basketball facilities.  The Bio-Channel installation list is a who’s who of top NCAA and NBA performance basketball courts and training centers.  Programs such as Indiana, Kentucky, Duke, the Wizards and Lakers have relied on Bio-Channel for years to provide a solid performing gym floor.  Bio-Channel is a proven choice for large school arena environments where the floor must meet the performance demands of players as well as withstand temporary loading from stages or scissor lifts.  Bio-Channel is also a great choice for renovation projects with concrete planarity problems.  Regardless of the situation, Bio-Channel will meet the needs of any sports flooring project with stringent requirements for performance and durability.  Robbins also offers a theatrical version of Bio-Channel Classic designed for performing arts centers.

Bio-Channel Classic combines the structural and dimensional stability of anchored flooring systems with the safety and comfort of resilient sports flooring.  A plywood sleeper floats on 7/16″ Bio-Pads within a steel channel that’s anchored to the concrete floor.  A uniform playing surface with no dead spots is assured, as is the right amount of deflection and shock absorption.

System Feature Buildup (top to bottom):

  1. Finish – MFMA approved Finish
  2. Gamelines – Compatible Gameline Paint
  3. Sealer – MFMA approved Sealer
  4. MFMA Flooring – 25/32″ Commodity Random Length(RL) or upgraded 25/32″ Continuous Strip® XL Finger-Jointed(FJ), MFMA Northern Hard Maple Strip Flooring
  5. Flooring Fastener – 1 3/4″ staples or flooring cleats
  6. Subfloor – 1 layer of nominal 3/4″x 4′ x 8′, exposure 1, structural rated sheathing
  7. Anchor – Anchor Spike or Tapcon
  8. Sleeper & Resilient Pad – Robbins Bio-Channel sleepers – 1 1/2″ thick x 2 5/8″ wide x 8′ factory assembled steel-encased padded sleeper.  Pads are 7/16″ double trapezoidal EPDM rubber with reverse cavity and tabbed for attachment.  Lower and upper surfaces are non-coextensive.  Note: attempted competitive equals of this product do not feature full length steel channels
  9. Vapor Retarder – 6-mil polyethylene film

 System Benefits:

  • Excellent Athletic Performance
  • Superior dimensional stability
  • Continuous 3/4″ subfloor
  • lateral movement of subfloor
  • Shimmable for different slab depression heights or out-of -level slabs

System Height:

  • 3″(76mm) with 25/32″(20mm) thick Flooring
  • 3 1/4″(83mm) with 33/32″(26mm) thick Flooring

Reference Projects: Bio-Channel Classic

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Pulastic® Classic 90

Contributes to LEED CreditsCA 01350 Certfied

 

Pulastic Classic 90 is a seamless multi-purpose sports floor that provides COMFORT and SAFETY for all levels of competition, along with excellent resistance to mechanical loads.

System Features:

  • 9mm total thickness
  • Point Elastic
  • F.I.V.B. (International Volleyball Federation), F.I.B.A (International Basketball Federation) and I.H.F. (International Handball Federation) approved
  • ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 / ISO 26000 (CSR Level 3)


System Benefits:

  • Resiliency for comfort and injury prevention
  • Seamless, non-porous and smooth surface for easy maintenance, repair and the ability to be resurfaced
  • Contains recycled content and renewable raw materials
  • Water based finish virtually eliminating VOC content
  • Outstanding mechanical strength and outstanding wear resistance for minimum life-cycle cost and maximum usability
  • Outstanding ball bounce
  • Wide color selection
  • Pulastic Classic 90 is perfect for Indoor applications including; Multi-Purpose, Basketball, Volleyball, Aerobics, and Training Facilities

Product Specifications

Robbins Pulastic Classic 90

Nominal Thickness 9 mm
Character Point-Elastic
Shock Absorption 20% EN 14808
Vertical Deformation 1.0 mm EN 14809
Ball Bounce 98% EN 12235
Resistance To Rolling Load ≥ 1500 N EN 1569
Resistance To Impact ≥ 800 gr @ 10°C EN 1517
≥ 1200 gr @ 17°C EN 1517
Resistance To Indentation 0.35 mm @ 5 min EN 1516
.≥ 0.15 mm @ 24hrs EN 1516
V.O.C Content – Adhesive Solvent Free
V.O.C Content – Finish 45 gr / lit ASTM D 3960
Elongation at break – Structure 150% DIN 53455
Tensile Strength – Structure 8 N / mm2 DIN 53455
Tear Strength Structure 25 N / mm DIN 53515
Warranty
Egis Floorlife Warranty
2 year Manufacturer’s
warranty with optional Extended
Warranty Program

Similar Indoor Multi-Purpose Synthetic Flooring Systems Include:
Pulastic Classic 110 | Pulastic Classic 60 | Pulastic JV | Strata Sport Plus | Durathon Elite Infield | Pulastic Classic JV/JogS

Reference Projects: Pulastic Family

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Galaxy® Classic

Galaxy® Classic endures intense use from athletes and fitness fanatics while continuing to perform at a high level day after day, year after year. While created for fitness applications, Galaxy Classic’s characteristics and colors have made it an attractive option as well as a tough, resilient, safe and durable choice for any active venue.

Standard build up from top to bottom:

  1. Recycled rubber and EPDM Blend
  2. Adhesive (not necessary for iLock installations)

Standard Roll Length & Width*:    40’L , 4′ W 

Standard Thickness:    3/8″ (10mm) or 5/32″ (4mm / 95% Color Only)

Also Available: iLock Tiles Solid Black Color 

Installation: Glue-down or loose-lay **

* Custom Roll lengths available
** Loose lay not recommended for 4mm thickness

Similar Weight Room Flooring Systems Include:
Galaxy Ultra | Galaxy XTreme | Galaxy Fit | Pulastic GT 100

Reference Projects: Rubber Floors

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Durathon® Elite Infield

Durathon® Elite Infield provides excellent force reduction to protect athletes from long-term injuries while providing superior energy restitution to deliver outstanding athletic performance. Durathon Elite Infield rubber flooring is ideal for field house use, recreation or community center activities including fitness, basketball, volleyball, track & field, and other multipurpose events. Its durable vulcanized surface provides excellent performance characteristics for spike and non-spike use.

 Hardness Shore A Upper/Lower:    60/40 Shore A
 Compression Set:    —
 Tensile Strength:    —
 VOC Compliance:   Pass 
 Spike Resistance:    —
 Color Stability:    Good
 UV Resistance:    Good
 Stain Resistance:    Good
 Thickness Options:    6,8,9 mm

Similar Running Track & Field Systems Include:
Pulastic SP Track 160 | Pulastic SP 140 | Durathon Elite Track | Pulastic JV | Pulastic JV/JogS

 

 

Reference Projects: Rubber Floors

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Strata® Pro

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Pro systems bring all the outstanding benefits of the Strata Deluxe systems and pushes the envelope a little farther. By virtue of the prefabricated rubber basemat, STRATA Pro systems are Strata-Pro-Web-Imageunrivaled when it comes to comfort and provide excellent sound reducing qualities, making it an ideal choice for applications throughout most commercial facilities.

Strata Deluxe & Strata Pro Product Features:

  • Contains Rapidly Renewable raw materials and is VOC compliant
  • Ergonomic, Flexible and Resilient
  • Available in a wide range of solid colors and with Deco Flake or Marble Pattern accents
  • Good acoustic isolation reducing footfall sound
  • High strength and good mechanical resistance
  • Seamless, hygienic, and easy to maintain
  • Excellent adhesion in areas with heavy traffic and rolling loads
  • Optional integral cove base


All Strata Comm PL Systems are easy to maintain, durable and abrasion resistant, as well as chemical and stain resistant. The specially developed polyurethane topcoat provides lasting beauty, and minimizes the total life-cycle cost of the floor.

 

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Flake | Strata Quartz  | Strata Neat | Strata Boutique

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Deluxe

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Deluxe systems are ergonomic floors specifically designed to increase comfort and lessen fatigue. Strata Deluxe is a fluid applied, seamless, resinous floor system that prevents issues Strata-Deluxe-Web-Imagecommonly associated with floor seams such as, open seams, moisture migration, and dirt-catch. It is both easy to clean and hygienic with an exceptionally strong polyurethane surface that holds up in areas with heavy traffic. With 18 standard color options to choose from, the attractive UV stable color options provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, accommodating the design requirements of any space. This specially developed aliphatic topcoat provides excellent abrasion resistance, along with excellent chemical and stain resistance. By virtue of its lasting durability, and its easy restoration procedure, Strata Deluxe offers a lower life-cycle cost compared to the other flooring concepts used in the market today.

Strata Deluxe & Strata Pro Product Features:

  • Contains Rapidly Renewable raw materials and is VOC compliant
  • Ergonomic, Flexible and Resilient
  • Available in a wide range of solid colors and with Deco Flake or Marble Pattern accents
  • Good acoustic isolation reducing footfall sound
  • High strength and good mechanical resistance
  • Seamless, hygienic, and easy to maintain
  • Excellent adhesion in areas with heavy traffic and rolling loads
  • Optional integral cove base


All Strata Comm PL Systems are easy to maintain, durable and abrasion resistant, as well as chemical and stain resistant. The specially developed polyurethane topcoat provides lasting beauty, and minimizes the total life-cycle cost of the floor.

 

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Pro | Strata Flake | Strata Quartz  | Strata Neat | Strata Boutique

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Quartz

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Quartz by Robbins is a seamless and decorative floor composed of broadcast ceramic coated quartz aggregate encapsulated in a high quality epoxy binder, and sealed with a clear Strata-Quartz-Image-for-Webpolyaspartic sealcoat. The system provides a durable, lightly textured surface with excellent stain and chemical resistance, excellent abrasion resistance, and a UV stable sealcoat. Like Strata Flake, the Strata Quartz system is easy to maintain and hygienic, resulting in lower life cycle costs compared to tile, sheet goods, and carpet. Variable surface textures are available to produce a range of slip-resistant surfaces, depending on facility requirements and uses.

Strata Quartz Features:

  • Durable, impermeable and seamless
  • Superior mechanical resistance
  • Great chemical resistance
  • Low maintenance
  • Low VOC
  • Provides a cleaner, safer and more sanitary environment
  • High density prevents dirt penetration, which provides easy cleaning
  • Additional Options: Integral cove base and curbs
  • Available in various standard color patterns as well as custom color blends

Suitable Applications Include:
Classrooms, Warehouses, Hospitals, Healthcare, Laboratories, Auditoriums, Cafeterias, Kitchens, Lobbies, Mezzanines, Locker rooms, Restrooms, Showers, Mechanical, Storage rooms.

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Pro | Strata Flake  | Strata Neat | Strata Boutique

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Flake

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Flake by Robbins is a seamless floor composed of factory blended multi-colored flakes broadcast in a high quality epoxy binder, which is coated with a clear polyaspartic sealcoat, givingStrata-Flake-Image-for-Web
the system a highly decorative appearance along with great chemical, stain, and abrasion resistance. In addition, this special polyaspartic sealcoat provides outstanding protection from the discoloring effects of UV exposure. The seamless surface makes Strata Flake easy to maintain and hygienic, resulting in a lower life cycle cost in comparison to other floor surface options. The extensive standard color palette provides a wide range of visual patterns that can match the aesthetics of any building design.

Strata Flake Features:

  • Seamless surface that is easy to clean and maintain
  • Durable and impermeable
  • High abrasion and impact resistance
  • Great chemical resistance
  • Optional integral base and curbs can be installed without seams or joints
  • Low VOC
  • A highly customizable aesthetic multi-colored finish
  • Variable surface texture to produce a range of slip-resistant finishes
  • Available in various standard color patterns as well as custom color blends

Suitable Applications Include:
Classrooms, Warehouses, Hospitals, Healthcare, Laboratories, Auditoriums, Cafeterias, Kitchens, Lobbies, Mezzanines, Locker rooms, Restrooms, Showers, Mechanical, Storage rooms

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Pro | Strata Quartz  | Strata Neat | Strata Boutique

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Boutique

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Boutique is a resinous flooring system destined to generate striking first impressions. Boutique’s multi-dimensional, pearlescent designs bring depth and life to lobbies, retail areas, Strata Boutique2-resizedmuseums, and other high visibility spaces. Strata Boutique draws and maintains its stunningly distinctive aesthetics from its high-build aliphatic polyaspartic sealcoat containing special metallic pigment(s). This makes for a highly customizable appearance, very adaptable to a building’s individual decor and design, leaving no limits, only possibilities. 
The outstanding durability of the surface polyaspartic sealcoat, (i.e., chemical, stain and abrasion resistance, and UV color stability), assures lasting beauty and low life-cycle costs. Strata Boutique delivers on the promise to achieve seamless impact with vibrant, sophisticated colors that are long lasting and need little maintenance.

Strata Boutique Product Features:

  • Architecturally impactful floors
  • Design freedom to compliment a building’s decor
  • Beauty with long lasting durability
  • Easy care and maintenance
  • Low VOC
  • Available in various standard color patterns

 

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Flake | Strata Quartz  |  Strata Neat | Strata Pro

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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Strata® Neat

Contributes to LEED CreditsEN Certified

Strata Neat is a high quality epoxy resin that provides strong chemical, mechanical and stain resistance qualities. This seamless and solvent-free resin is perfectly designed as a durable protective Strata-Neat-Buildupcoating on concrete surfaces with normal to heavy wear. Strata Neat is ideal for parking garages, workshops, loading ramps and more. This concrete floor resin offers a perfect utilitarian surface for many areas within the educational, commercial, or industrial environments. With application of either of two optional surface finish coats, (gloss or matte finish), Strata Neat can be enhanced by adding outstanding abrasion resistance and UV enhanced color stability.

Strata Neat Product Features:

  • Good chemical and mechanical resistance
  • Standard Matte aesthetic finish (optional Gloss finish)
  • Slip resistant surface option
  • Durable, impermeable and seamless
  • Solvent-free, neutral odor
  • Economical utilitarian choice
  • Available in various standard colors as well as custom colors

 

Similar Indoor Commercial Seamless Flooring Systems Include:
Strata Deluxe | Strata Flake | Strata Quartz  |  Strata Boutique | Strata Pro

Reference Projects: Strata Comm Family

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