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Take a look at the laminated wood floor coverings (similar to "Bruce"
flooring) in narrow wood strip patterns.  Adherred to the slab w/ adhesive,
they look like hardwood to suit the sport crowd - basketball floor? - and
will hold up to high heels.  Some products are wood veneer on top, some use
a type of plastic.  Of the plastics, I have seen one that really did a nice
job of imitating wood and probably holds up better.  The veneer products are
OK for residential but might not be tough enough for your situation.

The cushion floor is best for the sport crowd but you're right, it's not
appropriate for the high-heel trade.

One other thought:  See if there is a more attractive, less
industrial-looking version of the "rubber dots" type of flooring (rubber
sheet with either round or square raised rubber pattern +/-1" dimension in
plan).  It will provide some cushion (very limited) and will stand up to
commercial traffic.

Larry Oeth
Portland, OR
----- Original Message -----
From: H Boge <HBOGE(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 6:43 AM
Subject: Multipurpose flooring

> I'm working on a church where the multipurpose room doubles as both an
athletic space and as banquet room and seating for overflow capacity.
> The floor is a cast in place structural slab.
> The gymnasium people recommend a sport floor with some sort of cushion on
it so that as people run and jump there is some comfort to the ankles and
knees.  The supplier of this product  will not provide warranty though for
high heel damage and/or chairs and tables that would punch through.
> A vinyl floor wood take care of the high heels and chair legs, but doesn't
work well for the athletes.
> Any solutions or recommendations out there.  I trust this is not a new