An effective dance subfloor will provide just the right amount of cushion for each step, distributing the impact evenly. If you jump on concrete, the weight goes straight up and down. On a floating subfloor, the weight moves laterally. When you see someone fall off a roof in the movies, the landing pad of choice is often a stack of cardboard boxes. As the stunt performer lands, their impact is caught by the box and distributed into the other boxes as they collapse. A floating subfloor works sort of like that, with pockets of air catching the impact and distributing it into the surrounding pockets. It’s like a rubber ball vs. a bowling ball. It’s not about the weight, it’s about the density. The give makes all the difference between a soft landing and a hard landing.
Creating The Perfect Dance Floor
The most important things in a dance floor are surface texture and shock absorbency.
A Marley-Type dance floor surface, gives just the right amount of controlled slip, allowing dancers perfect control with every slide, and is generally considered to be the very best option.
To answer the question, you’re probably asking right now: Yes, all this stuff can get expensive. That’s why we offer a ready-made kit which can help you build your own floating subfloor at less than three dollars a square foot. The simple yet effective design is everything. We even have an Alvas Floating Subfloor Cost Estimator to assist you.
The perfect dance floor needs to be safe, it needs to be comfortable, and it needs to give the dancer perfect control over their movement. That’s what our kit achieves.