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How to Achieve the Best Dance Floor Over Concrete

How Can A Dance Floor Be Made Softer?

A dance floor plays a significant role in the health and safety of dancers. Although it may not be super obvious, dance floors play an essential role in the care dancers require to stay safe and healthy. Like stretching, warming up, and practicing healthy habits, choosing the right dance floor is an important part of the process in keeping dancers injury-free.

Dancers spend countless hours on dance floors turning, leaping and moving. Each movement may not feel much different than the last, but for lower extremities, small impacts with the floor add up. Over time, high-intensity connection with the floor can create damage to muscles and joints.

Finding the right balance between cushion and hardness in a dance floor is a vital aspect in choosing a safe floor. Studies have shown that a softer dance floor with higher shock-absorption reduces the impact of movement on muscles and joints. At the same time, a dance floor can't be so soft that one's movement is altered.

Dance floor options are abundant. They range in all factors from stiffness to quality to affordability. One thing is for certain: plain old concrete is not the way to go for a dance floor. FI concrete is what you are currently working with, it is time to find an alternative. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to achieve the best dance floor over concrete without paying an arm and a leg to install a reduced stiffness floor.

Dance Subfloors

By installing an inexpensive dance subfloor, you can soften a hard dance floor without paying a cringe-worthy amount. Flooring experts at Gym Rubber by Greatmats recommends a few difference dance subfloors, all of which are meant to be installed under an all-purpose marley vinyl surface top. Read on to learn which subfloor might be your ticket to achieving the best dance floor over concrete.

High Density Foam

If installing a dance floor over concrete, utilize a high-density foam as the base layer. If you already have a marley floor or vinyl surface, Gym Rubber experts recommend installing Sports Plus Designer Foam tiles, which are 2x2 feet in size and ⅜ inch thick. These economical dance subfloor tiles create the right amount of separation between the unforgiving concrete and the marley surface.

With an intuitive puzzle-like connecting system, the dance subfloor only takes minutes to assemble. From there, simply lay the marley surface on top for a complete multi-purpose dance floor. No adhesives are necessary for the creation of the dance floor. However, you can tape down the sides of the marley surface if you so choose.

For those starting from scratch with their dance floor, consider one of Gym Rubber's dance floor kits. For example, Gym Rubber offers a package that includes 20 feet of Adagio marley dance floor, foam tiles and a roll of tape - everything you need to create an entire dance floor yourself. The price of this package deal is slight in comparison to the dance floor prices that often range in the thousands of dollars.

Keep in mind that foam is not an ideal underlayment for advanced ballet and pointe. These forms require a firmer base such as rubber since foam flooring is a bit too soft and slow to respond for pointe. Plyometric rubber rolls are a great and economical alternative for pointe and ballet.

Combining Foam and Plastic

Another option for installing over concrete or other hard surfaces is to layer plastic court tiles on top of foam tiles. This type of dance subfloor layering achieves maximum cushion and support. By installing foam tiles underneath plastic court tiles directly on top, you can achieve both an effective and safe dance floor without the hassle of paying for professionals to install an expensive floor. Because of the grip of foam tiles, plastic tiles will not shift around. Layering foam tiles and plastic tiles is a cheap subfloor alternative to sprung dance floor systems.

Sprung Dance Floors

For the best of the best dance floor over concrete, consider springing for a sprung dance floor. Sprung dance floors are a highly sought-after option, as they provide just the right amount of flexibility to help prevent injuries and accentuate movement. At the same time, sprung dance floors also provide enough resistance so movement stays seamless.

Cost tends to be a big deterrent for those considering dance floors. However, Greatmats offers competitive prices on sprung dance floor systems. Greatmats' sprung floor panels can save you loads of money down the line because of their portability. Most users are able to install panelized sprung floors without hiring or asking for extra help. As easy as Gym Rubber's sprung floors are to install, they are just as easily de-installed and transferred to a different home or studio.

Greatmats offers sprung floor panels that feature a wavelock connecting system, which eliminates all soft and hard spots across the floor. If you already have marley and wooden panels, there is no need to start over with an entirely new floor. Greatmats also has DIY sprung subfloor panels that yield the perfect underlayment for any marley surface.

Plastic Court Tiles

For those not actually looking for the best dance floor over concrete but the best option for carpet, Gym Rubber has that too. If you're wanting to install a dance floor over carpet, there is no need to tear up existing carpet. Instead, you can use the carpet to your advantage. By installing hard plastic tiles over it, carpeting acts as the cushion layer for the dance floor. Plastic court tiles such as Flat Top Court Tiles provide a firm, supportive layer, which can then be finished with a professional vinyl surface.

Flat Top Court Tiles are low-priced dance subfloor tiles made of high-quality polypropylene plastic. They are designed with a supreme, tight-fitting loop and hook connecting system. All you have to do is snap tiles together for an installation you can count on. Once tiles are put together, simply lay the marley layer on top, tape down the sides if you choose, and voila! - you're ready to dance.

Final Note

With the beating that dance floors take, especially those in studios and performance venues, it is essential to choose a floor that can take the hardcore wear. When you choose to invest in a dance floor, it should be an investment that will last you. Gym Rubber by Greatmats understands that higher price doesn't always mean higher quality. That's why at Gym Rubber, you are able to invest in the best dance floor over concrete that will not completely empty your pockets. Instead, their products will over you a high-quality product that is still affordable.

For more on this topic please review our Dance Flooring product page.
For more on this topic please review our Dance Flooring product page.