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Tips for Purchasing Portable Dance Floor Kits

What portable dance floors are best for where and how you'll use them


By Paige Cerulli

There are countless advantages to having a portable dance floor, and chances are once you own a portable floor, you'll find even more uses for it than you'd anticipated. Portable dance floors are essential pieces of equipment for DJs, bands, traveling dance troupes, event facilities, performance venues, and more. When it comes to buying portable dance floor kits, though, there are a few things you need to know in order to make the right purchase for your needs.

Portable Dance Floors Aren't All Alike
Start by familiarizing yourself with the different types of portable dance floors. From portable dance floor panel kit packages to portable marley dance floor kits, you'll have plenty of options to choose from.

Here's a brief overview to get you started.

Portable Marley Dance Floor Kit
Portable marley kits are highly popular among professional dancers, since these kits give you the professional finish of a marley floor but with excellent portability. Marley flooring is designed specifically for dancers, and you'll find it used in some of the top performance venues and dance facilities across the world. This professional dance flooring gives dancers just the right amount of traction and shock absorption that they need to be able to put in a top performance while also staying safe.

A portable marley dance floor kit is easy to install and remove, and the marley flooring can be secured with tape for a temporary installation. When the marley is paired with an underlayment, you'll have a top-quality dance floor that can go just about anywhere with you.

Portable Dance Floor Tile Kits
If you're looking for versatility and durability, then portable dance floor tile kits are the way to go. These kits consist of individual tiles that can be connected together to create a durable dance floor of nearly any dimension. You can add on tiles for larger events, or remove them when you need a smaller dance floor. Thanks to this feature, you won't ever be faced with the issue of a dance floor that's too large for an event that causes that dreaded empty dance floor issue.

You'll find that some portable dance floor tiles are designed for outdoor use, and many can withstand high heel traffic without incurring damage. Because the tiles are conveniently sized, they're easy to transport.

Portable Dance Floor Panel Kit
While tile kits give you the versatility to create a dance floor that's just about as small or as large as you could need, a portable dance floor panel kit provides the dance floor components in slightly larger components. This is a major benefit if you need to regularly set up a larger floor, since it saves you time. These larger panels lock together to create a beautiful dance floor, and many are commercial-grade so that they can withstand significant traffic and use.

Additional Considerations When Buying Your Portable Dance Floor
At Greatmats we offer a variety of portable dance floor kits. Which kit is right for your needs? The following points can help you to decide.

How will the dance floor be used?
When it comes to buying an interlocking portable dance floor kit, you'll have plenty of options to choose from. However, the dance floor kits aren't all intended for the same use.

If you're looking for a dance floor that can be used for weddings, parties, and other public events, then you'll need a highly durable flooring that can withstand a variety of shoe types. You'll probably also want something that's waterproof, since spilled drinks are likely.

On the other hand, if you're looking for something to be used by professional dancers for performances, then a portable vinyl dance floor kit may be a better choice. These kits offer professional dancers just the right amount of traction and rebound that they need to put in a top performance. However, they're often intended for particular types of dance, such as soft-shoe versus hard shoe. Be sure to choose the vinyl flooring that's suitable for the dance types to be performed.

What size floor will you need?
Think about the size of the floor that you'll need, too. Will the floor size stay the same from performance to performance, or are you looking for a floor with the versatility for you to alter its dimensions depending on a particular event's needs?

Where will the dance floor be used?
Your location will also partially determine the type of dance kit that you need. If you'll be using the kit outside, then look for something that's waterproof. Tiles and panels can usually be used outside, and are durable enough to be assembled, disassembled, transported, and then used again and again. Their strong interlock systems help to hold the floors together during use, even when you may not be on a perfectly even surface.

On the other hand, marley flooring options are a little more restrictive in terms of where you can use them. You'll need access to a hard, flat surface, and may need an underlayment, too.

How will the floor be stored?
Most of the portable dance floor panel kit and portable dance floor tile kits can be laid flat in storage or even stacked within carry bags. However, marley flooring needs to be stored on a roll, since folding it or leaving it lying flat on the ground can damage the flooring.

Do you need a subfloor?
Depending on the flooring that you're working with and the location where it will be installed, you may need a subfloor. Our portable dance floor subfloor kit options can provide an ideal solution. These subfloors are designed to be portable, so they give your dance floor the spring and shock absorption that you need for safe, comfortable use.

Ordering Your Portable Dance Floor
If you have any questions about which dance floor kit is right for your needs, please give our great customer service team a call. We would be happy to help you choose the dance floor kit that's right for your needs.
For more on this topic please review our Portable Dance Floors product page.