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Temporary studio flooring

Hello all,

Any advice on temporary studio flooring" I was looking into rubber or
cork interlocking tiles, but I’ve received conflicting information
(from the dealer) as to weather or not they are flame retardant. I
don’t want to put down ceramic tile or wood (real or fake) flooring
if possible. Any advice is welcomed! Thanks and Happy New Year.

Alexis Romeo Steenberge
Alexis Romeo Jewelry


First check to see what the fire marshal in Rochester says are the
requirements. That in itself may tell you what you must use. The
fire service has multiple hazard specific regulations for business
and construction.

John Atwell Rasmussen, Ph.D., AJP

Put down flooring that will help you find stuff you dropped.

There was a long thread on this a year or so ago. One of the
suggestions was to buy a Pergo type floor, the kind that snaps
together, and just don’t glue it down.


How temporary is temporary? Why temporary? Are you moving soon and
want to take the floor with you? Do you need to take it up every
evening to turn the shop back into a living room? Do you want a
floor you can send to the refiner to be burned to reclaim sweeps?
More detail would help narrow the possibilities.

What kind of subfloor have you got? Are you laying it directly on
concrete or are you on wood over joists or sleepers?

Do you do your own casting? You can put benches, polishing stations
and various machinery on a floor you wouldn’t want under an area
where you’re doing big melts.

Just trying to understand your needs.

I just went to Home Depot and ended up coming home with some vinyl
tiles that interlock - they have an underlip with adhesive so that
nothing falls through the cracks. I got them because I wanted to
protect my nice hardwood floor from water damage (new cabking yeah!)
and occasional sparks or flying embers. They were about $60 for a
box of 8 pieces that each had two " tiles." It took about 5 boxes to
cover the floor or my small studio. They aren’t necessarily fire
proof, but will definitely stop any sparks from burning through to
the wood. Since they adhere to each other, I did not have to worry
about the floor. Just to be extra safe, however, I put down a layer
of red water-proof construction grade paper in between the floor and
the tiles. Happy with the results.

Good luck
Carina Rossner

If its temporary and if you can afford it, Cement board, either
agregate based or the fiber based stuff is great and since its
concrete based, fire resistant.

I like the fiber based stuff, square corners, easy to score/cut,
comes in 1/4 and 1/2 thicknesses, and is smooth.


Thanks to everyone who replied on the temporary flooring matter! The
problem has been resolved.

Alexis Romeo Steenberge