People often ask about what types of flooring are safe to install a dancing pole on. Is it safe to install on carpet?…. Hard Wood? Laminate? Linoleum? Tile? And on and on. Buying a pole dancing pole for your home is an investment in your health and the last thing you want to do is invest in an activity that you thought was going to be fun but ends up damaging the floor.
Damage to the floor is a risk you take when installing a dance pole in your home, however, if you buy a good quality dancing pole and the pole is installed correctly, damage to the floor is a rare occurrence.
Good quality dancing poles have a thick gripping rubber on the bottom of the base that protects the floor. The only real damage to the floor you may need to worry about is the downward pressure the pole will put on the floor.
Stripper poles that are made of poor quality materials are not only UNSAFE to dance on, but they DON’T have the good quality rubber on the base and therefore the pole may slip out of place while it is being used causing scratches to the surface of the floor.
Here are some tips to help you understand what flooring types are best for good portable professional grade dancing pole with quality rubber on the base (if you are not sure if your pole has a good base, please read our pole dancing pole reviews) :
- Tile Floor: Tiles always have the chance of cracking from the downward pressure of the pole. One of the main reasons this can happen is because the mortar bed underneath the tile was not thick enough, or supportive enough for the tile. An uneven or thin mortar bed can leave large air pockets underneath the tile. If pressure is placed on the tile when there is an air pocket in the mortar bed underneath it, then it may crack. The quality of the tile also makes a difference. Porcelain tile is easier to break than solid granite and other rock types. There is always a risk of damage to the tile floor involved, however a pole can be installed on a tile floor safely and danced on safely as long as it is installed correctly. If you don’t know anything about your tile floor, ask a flooring specialist, carpenter or your landlord about your floor.
- Laminate Flooring: This is one of the best flooring types to install a dancing pole on and my personal favorite. These floors are smooth on the surface, durable, and strong. Laminate flooring typically has a foam underlayment and depending on the quality of that underlayment, the floor can have a little bit of “give” to it. This is a nice quality for dancing. When installed correctly, there should be no visible sign that the pole was ever installed on the floor.
- Hard Wood Flooring: This is sturdier than a laminate flooring type because the tongue and groove that hold the floor together is usually nailed, glued, and just thicker/sturdier all around. This is a very good quality material for a pole installation. The smoother the surface of the wood, the better. When installed correctly, there should be no visible sign that the pole was ever installed on the floor.
- Linoleum: This is usually glued down on a very sturdy surface like wood or concrete. When installed correctly, there will be should be no visible sign that the pole was ever installed on the floor.
- Carpet: There are different types of carpet. Some have long fibers like “shag” carpet, some have short fibers like commercial grade carpet or Berber, and other carpets are in between, like a Plush type carpet. You can install a dancing pole on most any carpet type safely; however, depending on the height of the fiber, the pole may leave an indention similar to the way your couch legs would leave an indention in the carpet after sitting for a while. The longer you leave the pole up, the more chances this indention left behind will stick. In addition, if the padding underneath the carpet is thick, this will increase the chances of an indention being left behind. If you are installing on a very short fibered commercial grade carpet, then the chances of an indention left behind are very minimal if at all. The other downslope of a dance pole being installed on carpet is the rug burn. You must be very conscious while you are dancing so you don’t rub your knees or other skin surfaces across the floor too quickly.
Setting up a space at home for your dance pole is also important for safety. You want plenty of space so you don’t kick anything when you swing on the pole. Also, if you house has different flooring types where you could choose different locations, choose a smoother flooring type to dance on so it will be easier for your feet to rotate.
Choosing a location for home pole dancing poles with a sturdy ceiling structure is also key to a correct installation. You must install it in a safe location underneath a ceiling joist, beam, or other solid and supportive structure.
Also, each dance pole comes with different manufacture instructions for installation. It is important that you install according to the manufacture instructions. Watching and reading different home pole dancing pole reviews will also help you decide on a good pole for your home. Not all poles can be installed on the same flooring type.