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Twelve thousand square feet of modular plastic subfl ooring panels from Dura-Trac™ Flooring
were used for this installation at a private, three-day wedding in Chicago. Subfl ooring is
used for stability, especially under dance fl oors, and can also help prevent water intrusion
onto the fl ooring. The panels weigh just 50 pounds and can handle loads of 25,000
pounds per square foot on bearing ground. Photo courtesy of Dura-Trac Flooring Ltd.
" BRIDES WILL
ALWAYS WANT
TO HAVE A
CELEBRATION AREA
TO DANCE. "
KEVIN LOCOCO
PALMER SNYDER FURNITURE
Although plywood has a long history
in the industry, plastic sublooring offers
several advantages over wood, says Cerasi.
Because it's lighter, it's less costly to transport
(his product is 2¾ inches thick, 4 by
4 feet and weighs about 50 pounds). It
also doesn't require inside storage as does
wood. Depending on how the sublooring
connects, it's faster and easier to install
than wood and lasts substantially longer,
he says, although it's a comparatively
more costly initial investment.
" Plastic sublooring will run from $6 to
$12 per square foot; it varies by the manufacturer, "
Cerasi says. " But on average,
ROI can be achieved in about 10 months,
depending on the part of the country. "
FINESSING THE FIT
Flooring and/or staging have some
attractive advantages, such as enabling
tent and event companies to become
a one-stop shop. These products can
also bring in new customers and larger
38 intents april-may 2022
events, says Lococo. And they can offer an
additional revenue stream, says Cerasi.
" In some cases, you'll make more off the
looring and sublooring than you would
on the tents themselves, " he says. " But
you'll need a knowledgeable sales staff to
effectively sell these. "
There are other factors to weigh before
determining whether these products
will it your business model. Some
considerations include how labor might
be impacted, installer training, if there's
suficient storage/warehouse space,
additional equipment requirements and
local and state regulations.
" Most loors are heavy, so make sure
you have the right dollies or hand truck, "
says Puff. " With staging, there are certain
building codes that must be adhered
to, such as guardrails, steps and so on.
Dance loors should always have trim to
protect against tripping hazards. "
Staging in particular requires careful
questioning of the potential customer,

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