Vinyl Isn’t Just for Albums
I was chatting with the team a while back and it seems we’ve been asked about our stage flooring somewhere around 1000 times. Granted, we didn’t extrapolate that equation very far, but just using simple math we arrived at this 1000-ish mark fairly quickly. But no matter the mathematical means used, it seems like it MAY be time to log some info about this topic in some kind of permanent form…
So for anyone who has ever wondered, here are the deets:
When we began remodeling all of our current auditorium and spaces, I wanted to permanently install a flooring product on our stages commonly referred to as Marley. HOWEVER, let’s discuss a few fun facts on this Marley I speak of.
Marley was a flooring product manufactured once upon a time as a performance surface appropriate for ballet dancing. Even though Marley isn’t actually made anymore, the moniker has carried on, but when referenced, it’s usually describing a type of vinyl flooring with similar properties. Rosco, a company most of us associate with conventional lighting gel, sells a product similar to Marley, simply called “Rosco dance floors”. If you want to get as close to Marley as possible, this would be a good product for you to investigate.
For COTM, we had a lot of flooring to install on several large stages and performance spaces so we opted for a cheaper/generic version of Marley (Rosco). We still went with a vinyl product, still with a great matte-finish surface, and still quite awesome, but MUCH easier for our local flooring specialist to get a hold of and cheaper for us in the long run.
In almost all of our spaces, the stage areas have been built with a concrete surface. This had made a great flat exterior for our vinyl product to be glued to while still maintaining the strength and stability specified for each individual space.
In our broadcast auditorium, we have definitely put this flooring to the test. Installed in 2009, I was hoping to get 5 years out of it before it needed to be replaced. But to date, we’re still going strong.
We have had to do some repairs here and there (you know, fun things like an axe prop going awry…I jest not), but honestly, the flooring started to look better to us as it got more use. Even though it was installed with a matte finish, it still had a bit of “shine” to it. As it’s gotten more use over the years, the patina has changed to more of a dull finish. VERY appropriate for the lighting and video style we use.
For any new space we’ve put together since, or for any space that has required a remodel or change, we have stuck with the exact same generic vinyl flooring from our local vendor and been quite happy. I see Marley-type products here and there that are much more expensive than what we installed, but I honestly can’t see much difference. Take this information and do what you will! Go with God.