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Trade show flooring needs to fit a large number of potential use cases to give you the performance you need. This type of floor must look great to impress visitors, provide comfort to workers standing on it, and be easy to assemble and disassemble.

Multiple types of trade show flooring are available to help you create the style and design you want for your booth area. Match the style of flooring you pick to your budget and usage needs, and you’ll be able to create what will look like a custom floor plan for a fraction of the price.

EVA foam. Foam is one of the most popular selections for convention flooring, as it’s lightweight and easy to carry to whatever location you need.

Foam tiles are available in almost any solid color choice you want, which is great for matching your company logo’s colors. Some types of foam contain a faux wood grain layer on the top that allows your floor to resemble a high quality hardwood floor.

Others have a textured surface, consisting of a thatch pattern or a pebble top pattern, which ensures visitors to your booth will always have a good footing, preventing slips and trips.

Some types of foam interlocking pieces will have a faux wood grain layer on one side and a solid color on the other side, meaning you can create two completely different looks for your trade show floor with one product, depending on your needs for a particular setting.

Foam gives you a high level of lightweight cushion, which makes it nice to use for a trade show, where you must install and disassemble the flooring over and over.

Carpet top tiles. Carpeting always looks good when used as trade show flooring. If the event is being held in a building with cement floors, carpet tile with a foam backing provides insulation from the cold cement as well.

Another option is a raised modular carpet tile. It can stand up to heavy weight objects and furniture being placed on it, featuring a support structure that will raise away from the floor a fraction of an inch.

Both kinds of carpet tiles have an interlock design, so you can put them together quickly. Disassembling the tiles and storing them is easy too. You even can find a carpet tile kit that has a pre-made coverage area.

Plastic. For a convention booth where you need to support a huge amount of weight, a polypropylene plastic tile is a smart choice. This type of material often is used in modular garage flooring, which means it can support the weight of vehicles and other power equipment.

Plastic tiling can be purchased in almost any color, so you can create the perfect design look. Some people will even use these interlocking tiles to create a checkerboard pattern that’s sure to be memorable for those who visit your booth.

PVC tiles that snap together are available too. Some of these designs include border ramps that reduce the possibility of someone tripping over the edge of the trade show flooring. The borders use the same interlocking design that the tiles use, which simplifies assembly and disassembly.

Artificial turf. For a type of trade show flooring that isn’t likely to be duplicated by your competitors, consider artificial turf. Using an uncommon flooring choice like artificial turf will be memorable for those who visit your booth.

With artificial turf, you can select a standard green. But you’ll also find a variety of color options that you can use to customize the look of your booth. Pick colors that match a particular product rollout or that match your company colors.

You’ll find faux turf in a mat, tile, or roll configuration, meaning you can pick the perfect format to meet your installation and storage needs.

Vinyl. A popular type of trade show flooring is a vinyl floor roll. You can choose to have a logo or other artwork printed onto certain types of vinyl, creating a truly specialized floor option for a trade show. Rather than using a sticker on the floor, printing artwork on the vinyl will create a long lasting design with a professional finish that visitors are sure to notice.

Trade show flooring buying guide. Some people may consider using a rental trade show flooring. However, the best choice in most circumstances is owning your own floor.

When you buy flooring for the trade show booth, you’ll always have the correct material in the size you need. If your booth size changes from show to show, ranging from 10x10 to 10x20 to 20x20, a rental company may not be able to fully cover your space in the time frame you have. If you own the display floor, you can be certain to have the size and design you need every time.

To learn more about your floor options to use for conventions, trade shows, and conferences, click the links in this buyer’s guide, which include blog entries, installation ideas, product videos, and customer testimonials.