Many people around the world marvel at the beauty of a new hardwood sports floor, but few realize how much knowledge and engineering are required to provide visual beauty, to deliver performance and safety for the athletes, and to give the owner a long lasting quality surface. The type of hardwood, its color and grade, proper sanding, painting of game lines, borders, logos, and finishing all contribute towards the visual beauty. Performance and safety are achieved through a myriad of subfloor construction methods and an endless supply of cushioning options. Life cycle or longevity of the floor can exceed the life of a building providing the interior of the building has proper environmental controls and simple maintenance recommendations are followed. The species or type of hardwood can also affect the longevity as well as the performance and aesthetics.