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Author Topic: remodeling a 950 cap venue. looking into options for covering the stage  (Read 926 times)

chris johnson

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if there is a better place for this, please delete or move. trying to figure out what to cover our stage in after we are done remodeling. currently we have carpet on there. a friend was telling me about this adaptive rubber stuff. i was hoping to see if anyone out there has pros and cons on what they cover a stage in. carpet is cheap and has worked well i think. other venues around here do not have carpet. here and there we need to be able to have people walking around on stage barefoot and stuff like that. large dj productions and what not will also be on here. thoughts? concerns? things im not thinking of? thanks for your time in advance.
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A hard poly finish will be easier to keep clean.  Carpets absorb liquids, stains and odors.  It depends on how reflective the rest of the stage is.  Carpets are more comfortable and damp some HF.  They also are kind of essential where the drums go.

If it was my venue I'd have a polyurethane dance floor finish with some rubber backed indoor/outdoor carpet for where the drums go and some pieces that can be put on the stage for folks with pedal boards or who request it.  Home Depot sells a black rubber backed carpet that I have some pieces of for a drum rug and as covering the drum riser I built.
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if there is a better place for this, please delete or move. trying to figure out what to cover our stage in after we are done remodeling. currently we have carpet on there. a friend was telling me about this adaptive rubber stuff. i was hoping to see if anyone out there has pros and cons on what they cover a stage in. carpet is cheap and has worked well i think. other venues around here do not have carpet. here and there we need to be able to have people walking around on stage barefoot and stuff like that. large dj productions and what not will also be on here. thoughts? concerns? things im not thinking of? thanks for your time in advance.
I would think casters on heavy gear sliding across it would tear the heck out of the carpet.  Plus all the reasons also stated in the other post.  I do not think carpet is a good idea.
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Gaffer tape will pull up some urethane finishes.  Painting a wood floor?  You'll be doing it once a year if you care about what it looks like.  Carpet?  Stains/odors/snags.

Pick your poison, they all represent some work to keep nice.

The last place I noticed with a new stage deck opted for medium gold strip oak floor.  It doesn't get treated particularly well (some Jackyl chain saw gashes) but it's holding up well.  This room hosts lots of non-concert events so a painted black deck was out.  They previously had carpet.
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Like Tim says, a hardwood floor works well. Also true what he says about paint and gaff tape. Add touch-ups a couple times a season to annual repainting. Taping down Marley dance floor for a week or two will pull up big stripes of paint for certain. (Don't ask how I know.)
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Check out polyonyx

http://polyonyx.net/

We have it one of our spaces and I'm quite happy with it.   It survives gaff much better than Masonite or a finished wood poly floor.


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Tongue and groove maple is what we have on our main stage.
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I have cheap (Home Depot) carpet on my portable stage.
When it gets yucky, I just replace it.
Depending on how big your stage is, that could work.
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I have cheap (Home Depot) carpet on my portable stage.
When it gets yucky, I just replace it.
Depending on how big your stage is, that could work.
 

In a place of public assembly the floor covering must meet flammability specifications - flame spread, fuel contribution, smoke density, etc.  Almost no residential flooring products are tested/rated in this regard beyond meeting minimum FHA requirements that have little to do with fire safety.

Carpet and flooring products for installation in commercial/public places are a more expensive item partly due to the specification of the goods and whatever fire rating it has to achieve.  I'm not sure about outdoor use on portable stages but think that in many jurisdictions the stage might be considered a public assembly occupancy.  You might want to check with your local fire marshal, Dave.

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Gaffer tape will pull up some urethane finishes.  Painting a wood floor?  You'll be doing it once a year if you care about what it looks like.  Carpet?  Stains/odors/snags.

Pick your poison, they all represent some work to keep nice.

The last place I noticed with a new stage deck opted for medium gold strip oak floor.  It doesn't get treated particularly well (some Jackyl chain saw gashes) but it's holding up well.  This room hosts lots of non-concert events so a painted black deck was out.  They previously had carpet.

Spike tape will pull up some urethane.  At Powell Hall here in STL, the stage gets a rough sand then a urethane coat each year.  I'm not sure what they use.

Ron Bolte probably knows.

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