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"Now it's not just about a gray floor
where you can see the clips and the
connectors and the cam locks," Rosan
says. "Now it's about, 'Let's make this
floor beautiful.'"
One thing that hasn't changed is
that clients holding tented events
don't always understand the need for
flooring and its additional expense,
at least at first.
"It's necessary because half the time
the space where the tent needs to go
is not level, or it's slightly sloped," says
Anthony Karabetyan, president of Chic
Event Rentals, Castroville, Calif. "A
space can become a swamp if it rains."
Karabetyan describes a common
scenario: "You go out there and say,
'I know this is a beautiful concrete
or stone terrace you see, but you
see that drain in the middle? Water
is going to hit the top of the tent, go
down the sides and then start coming
underneath. So unless you have a floor,
you're going to be stepping in water.'"
In addition, flooring is often necessary
for an event in the United States to be
compliant with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA). Any event open
to the public must be ADA compliant,
and one of the most common ADArelated issues that tent rental companies
encounter is unlevel surfaces.
"Those with wheelchairs, canes or
walkers should be able to traverse
each event and access all the activities,"
says Robert Van Wart, director of
sales for flooring manufacturer
Signature Systems Group LLC, Flower
Mound, Texas. "The law states that
pathways must be 36 inches wide at
a minimum, and elevations greater
than a quarter of an inch must have a
beveled slope that takes into account
height and length. Rental companies
need to focus on [flooring] systems
that help them meet the standards
and allow efficiency in the setup."

FROM SIMPLE TO STUNNING
Once the need for flooring has been
established, tented event clients have
plenty of options to choose from,
including colors and wood-grain patterns.
"We have basic floors where you need
to put something on top, artificial turf
or carpet, if you're doing a nice event,"
Karabetyan says. "But our newest floor
is laminate. It looks and feels like wood;
plus it goes up and down easily, and
works really well for even nicer events."
Billy McKee, vice president and
general manager for 12 By Event
Flooring, a Baltimore, Md.-based
company that offers both sales and
installation services, says that roll vinyl
that creates a floor with a wood-grain
design has become a viable alternative
to actual wood or laminates for event
flooring-so much so that it's one of the
hottest products his company offers.

For this event in a courtyard
at a hotel in Washington D.C.,
12 By Event Flooring worked
with a client that had built a
BilJax® floor with a plywood
layer on top, covering it
with landscape-style heavy
turf. Photo courtesy of 12
By Event Flooring and All
Stage & Sound Inc.

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