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Author Topic: Options for covering our stage. pros cons of carpet vs wood or something else?  (Read 1058 times)

chris johnson

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hey hey all. not sure if this is the place to discuss this. we are redoing our stage at the music venue i work at. 900 cap old movie theatre renovated into a music venue. we have always had a carpeted stage, but my coworker wants to go without carpet, and i have really never heard much about the pros and cons of either, so i was wondering if anyone had any opinion on this. thanks for your time.

also looking for recommendations on other things to cover the stage in besides carpet, if anyone has ideas.
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Robert Healey

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hey hey all. not sure if this is the place to discuss this. we are redoing our stage at the music venue i work at. 900 cap old movie theatre renovated into a music venue. we have always had a carpeted stage, but my coworker wants to go without carpet, and i have really never heard much about the pros and cons of either, so i was wondering if anyone had any opinion on this. thanks for your time.

also looking for recommendations on other things to cover the stage in besides carpet, if anyone has ideas.

There are not too many carpeted stages out there. Masonite is probably the most widely used stage material surface.

Removing the carpet may affect the acoustics, so that should be considered. Commercial carpet doesn't absorb much (very poor in low frequencies), but if the area is significant it could be a problem in the high frequencies. If you already have a room that is too reverberant, you should replace the absorption provided by the carpet with something that works better on the walls or ceiling.
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Lee Douglas

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Acoustics aside, stage carpets are filthy, disgusting and hold whatever you put into them until professionally cleaned.  While you may not be having GWAR through your venue anytime soon, a medium sized brass section can deploy almost as much of mess into your carpeted stage.  Masonite mops up easily and they can bring a prayer rug, if they have to have it.
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Tim Weaver

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Every carpeted stage I've ever seen has been utterly disgusting. Every spilled beer and every hocked-up lugie is still there. Gross.

In my opinion Marley is the best stage covering. Masonite or just painted plywood is next.
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In my opinion Marley is the best stage covering.
Bob's the best installer of this. Give him a call.

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Mark Cadwallader

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I like having a hard floor, upon which we can tape down a Marley (or other brand) dance floor. It is too easy to tear up a dance floor when the stage is being used for a wide variety of acts.  Black/grey reversible dance floor provides more lighting options.
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When we redid our theater stage in 2000 we topped it off with 3/4" MDF, painted it flat black, and it has worked wonderfully for us. Has seen countless bands, many theatrical productions, probably close to 100,000 screws and many lag bolts into it, an average of 4 coats of paint per year, and does not splinter when driving or removing screws.  Holes are patched up with wood filler and painted over.  I don't know if you ever have a need to screw anything in to the floor but if you do MDF works excellent - and even if not it has shown itself to stand up to a lot of use/abuse. 
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Scott Hofmann

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One more vote for 1/4" masonite.
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I  duratex'ed our plywood stage and it has held up really well for just a bit more than regular paint.
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Cailen Waddell

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Masonite is fine until it gets wet.  If you lay a Marley, the gaff will eventually destroy the Masonite too. 

Check out polyonyx.  We did our floor and so far are quite happy.


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