Northwest Renovation Magazine – Ever wonder what happened to that old school gymnasium floor you played basketball, volleyball or kickball on as a kid? Most people think it ended up in the landfill when the school was remodeled or demolished. New hardwood floors hold little comparison to older, sturdier salvaged material. Take, for example, a typical gymnasium floor, also known as strip plank Eastern hardrock maple. Brand new maple flooring comes packaged in plastic wrap on a pallet with typical lengths from 10“ to 8′ long. Since salvaged hardwood flooring was originally transported by hand between 40 and 80 years ago when these floors were first installed, the lengths are significantly longer — typically 2′ to 16′ feet.