Cassette floor vs. heavy-duty floor; which floor do you choose for your tent?

The floor of your pagoda, alu hall or semi-permanent industrial hall can make all the difference! In Belgium, most tent lessors work with cassette floors, while in the Netherlands the heavy-duty floor is the most commonly used floor. But which is the best tent floor for rental? We have listed the pros and cons of both floors for you!

What is a cassette floor?

A cassette floor is a modular floor system consisting of individual cassettes made of wood. These are placed on a system of lower beams and ring beams, which not only form the frame for the cassettes, but can also provide the coupling to the tent.

Advantages of cassette flooring
  • Ease of installation – The lighter weight makes this floor easy to transport and install in places that are usually difficult to reach with a forklift.
  • Appearance – It is a rustic and playful floor. Great for small and intimate events such as a wedding.
Disadvantages of cassette flooring
  • Less load capacity – The floorboards of a cassette floor can handle less load capacity than a heavy-welded floor. Will there be a lot of people on the floor or will you use cars or machines on it? Then this is more difficult for a cassette floor.
  • High maintenance – Due to the use of several different components, cassette flooring requires more intensive maintenance than, say, a heavy-load floor.
  • Vulnerable – The wood used makes the floor look beautiful, but this also makes it vulnerable. Especially with poor maintenance, cassette flooring can wear out quickly.

What is a heavy-duty floor?

This is the powerhouse among floors, made to support considerable weights. The standard heavy-duty floor is made of strong materials such as galvanised steel and concrete plywood boards. This gives the floor a long lifespan and low maintenance. The heavy-duty floor can also be fitted with wooden planks, which are just as sturdy as betonplex but require a bit more maintenance to keep the wood looking nice.

Advantages of heavy-duty flooring
  • High load-bearing capacity – The load-bearing capacity of a heavy-duty floor is about 250 kg per m2. This makes heavy-duty flooring perfect for applications where heavy elements or vehicles need to cross the floor.
  • Easily cover large areas – The floorboards of a heavy-duty are 5 by 2.5 metres. Because you can lay them easily and systematically, you can cover large areas relatively quickly.
  • Anchoring the tent – We can supply the heavy load floor with special folding plates. This allows you to connect the tent leg directly to the heavy load floor. This not only acts as an anchorage, but also reduces set-up time.
  • Long service life + low maintenance – The frame is very abrasion-resistant because we have the steel galvanised. The boards of both concreteplex and wooden planks are also abrasion-resistant, with the concreteplex taking the crown and also being very low-maintenance. Even with intensive use, this floor can easily last 10 years!
Disadvantages of heavy-duty flooring
  • Installation with forklift truck – Due to the size (5 x 2.5 metres) and weight (420 kg) of the floor boards, it is necessary to move and install the floors with a forklift truck or Manitou.
  • Transport and storage – Storing and transporting these boards requires space. Not all tent rental companies are equipped for this. They take up a lot of space and are heavy to stack quickly.

The best tent floor for your rental fleet

As a tent hire company, you know how important it is to have the right floor for the right event. Cassette floors offer a charming look and are perfect for small-scale events. Heavy-duty floors, on the other hand, are the workhorses you need for the heavier jobs.

Whether you are just starting out in rental or want to expand your fleet with reliable and durable flooring solutions, we have the expertise and range to meet your needs. Contact us now and let our specialists guide you in making the right flooring choice.

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