Do you supply Marley floors?
Marley Floors Ltd originally manufactured a double-sided floor for dance but their production line closed in 1977. Their Export Sales Manager, Bob Dagger decided to set up Harlequin Floors and began production of the same floor, which he called Harlequin Reversible (known as Harlequin Duo in Europe). Many people still ask for a 'Marley floor' instead of a vinyl floor, which it actually is.
How can a Harlequin vinyl floor be laid?
A permanent vinyl floor is stuck down with adhesive and can’t be removed without risking damage to the floor. A semi-permanent vinyl floor is loose-laid using double-sided tape and then welded at the seams. The seams can later be cut and the floor taken up. A portable vinyl floor is rolled out and the seams are either covered with tape or temporarily secured to the sub-floor on the underside with double-sided tape.
Can you use a Harlequin vinyl floor outside?
Yes but only when you use it in dry conditions or it’s under cover. If it gets wet then it will become very slippery. If it’s placed in the sun then it will heat up, so try to use lighter colours that stay cooler for barefoot performances.
How should I store a Harlequin vinyl floor?
Ideally you should store the rolls vertically, but that’s not always possible. For instance, you may have to lay them flat in transit. In this case, take care not to store them two or three high and not to lay heavy angular props or flight cases on top of them. It would be also better to store them horizontally instead of at an angle, which can produce pressure folds on the bottom edge, leading to distortion when you unroll the floor.
Will a Harlequin vinyl floor crack or degrade over time?
They’re designed to stand up to gruelling tour schedules and if looked after carefully, will last many years. We have customers who still use floors that they bought from us 25 years ago!
How does cold affect a Harlequin vinyl floor?
Technically they’re freeze tolerant but like all vinyls, they get harder and stiffer as the temperature drops. However, when the temperature rises they return to normal. If the weather’s cold, the best advice when taking delivery is to get them inside as soon as possible.
What type of surface or sub-floor can a Harlequin vinyl floor be laid on?
A Harlequin vinyl floor can be laid onto most level sub-floors, e.g. concrete, wood or tiles, although we don’t advise laying onto carpet. If a sub-floor isn't very level or unacceptably hard, then a Harlequin sprung floor can be used in conjunction with a Harlequin surface (vinyl floor, hardwood or engineered board). If you are worried whether your existing floor is suitable, then contact us to discuss your requirements.
How is a Harlequin vinyl floor supplied?
Harlequin vinyl floors are manufactured in rolls, which are available in widths of either 1.5m or 2m, depending on the product chosen. The roll length of a Harlequin vinyl floor varies and will also depend upon the chosen product.
What’s the best way to move a Harlequin vinyl floor around?
Ensure that the floor is rolled up correctly using the cardboard core it came on, as it’s important to avoid flattening and distorting the roll. You can then use Harlequin vinyl floor roll straps to keep the roll in place. If you need to transport or store the floor, you can use Harlequin vinyl floor storage bags.