Re: Band flooring
Posted by DesertJazz on 5/8/2021, 10:45 am, in reply to "Band flooring"
We built a new school in 2017 and speaking with building experts I received similar information as the 'Acoustics' poster below said. From that I was convinced that the band hall could be properly acoustically treated and have the same polished concrete floor as most of the rest of the school. Our old band hall, the jh band hall now, still has the same carpet that was laid down in the 90's when it was built. It's torn apart and nasty, but due to the size of the room a considerable expense to replace! (Going to be pushing on it this year) |
So when we built the plan was the main hall was going to have polished concrete, and the secondary hall that opens up to the stage would have the same stage flooring that's normal for stages. (Wooden material I can't remember the name) Sometime in the late construction process they snuck a paper into the superintendents pile of things to sign off on that changed that material to a 1'x4' thick vinyl tile that looks like wood. It's really light in appearance, and I instantly raised objections that it would be a problem on the stage for lighting for one-act. They ended up saying they couldn't get the other flooring for 6 months, and stuck us with some of those normal cafeteria square tiles in black on the stage, but left the other vinyl flooring in our secondary room.
Anyway, after being in the building now for four years, I wish I had that vinyl flooring (the 1'x4') in my main hall. It mops clean well, and seems to absorb sound well. My biggest hate on the polished concrete isn't the noise from playing, but rather chairs and stands shifting on it are noisy. It's a much more live room - which is nice for fixing things, but definitely has required me pushing them to be quiet more than I needed to on carpet. Right now we've been living on the extended stage for the year and the one time I've had my wind ensemble in the main hall I realized how much I do miss being able to hear better in there!
I know some have sworn by the rubber flooring that gets used in some gyms, and I've heard cork can be really good too. I would still avoid carpet forever having been stuck with the old carpet for far too long!