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Marley Floor Buying Guide: Find the Perfect Vinyl Dance Floor

Marley dance flooring is one of the most popular flooring options in the dance world. It’s durable and can be used for many different styles of dance. But how do you go about choosing the right Marley dance floor?

In this guide, we’re going to cover all things Marley floors, from what it is to where to use it, to the top-rated options on the market. We want to help you on your Marley floor shopping journey. Let’s get started!

What is a Marley Floor?

Rosco Dance Floor Rolls - Full Roll

If you’re a dancer, you’ve probably heard of and danced on Marley. The truth is, Marley floors started as a brand of dance flooring. Nowadays, you can’t even purchase the original Marley floors, but the brand was so popular that all vinyl dance rolls are commonly referred to as Marley.

Marley floors are so popular because the dance community loves the safe, controlled surface with enough slide for turns and enough grip for big jumps and fancy footwork.



What’s the Difference Between Marley Floors and Vinyl Flooring?

The short answer, nothing. When the Marley Dance Floor brand stopped producing floors, the name was still used to describe vinyl dance floors found in studios. Technically, now that Marley no longer exists, items identified as Marley are vinyl floors that are designed with the right amount of grip and slide for dance.



Pros and Cons of Marley Dance Flooring

Marley-style roll-out dance flooring is famous in the dance world. Let’s go over its benefits and disadvantages to understand more about Marley dance floors.

Pros of Marley Flooring

  • Best slip resistance/grip: Marley is one of the safest options for turns and jumps.
  • DIY installation: Roll, tape, voila!
  • Price: Most vinyl dance rolls are competitively priced to fit all budgets.
  • Maintenance: All Marley requires is regular sweeping and damp mopping with a gentle cleaning solution.
  • Portability: Dance tiles aren’t the only portable option! There are plenty of Marley options that you can pick up and take on the road.

Cons of Marley Flooring

  • Not as portable as tiles: While smaller cut size Marley is very portable, transporting large rolls is still a process as a typical full roll of Marley can weigh up to 250 Lbs.


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How to Choose the Right Marley Floor

There are a lot of Marley dance floor options, but don’t stress! To narrow your search, here are a few main points to consider when making your decision.

  • DIY-friendly:Dance style: The most important thing is making sure the Marley floor you choose is suitable for all dance styles you plan on using it for. If you’re just using it for one style, we’ll tell you what the best choice is for that style. If you have a multi-use studio, we’ll steer you towards the most versatile Marley floor rolls.
  • Type of installation: Some rolls are portable and great for tours, while some are best in more permanent situations.
  • Portability: If you need a dance flooring roll for when you’re on the go, you’ll want to consider how easy your Marley floor is to haul.
  • Price: While we don’t recommend making your decision solely on price, we understand it is a factor. Don’t worry, our selection of Marley dance floors cater to a wide range of prices to fit all budgets.

Common Marley Floor Applications

Marley floors are incredibly versatile and work in so many settings because of their ease of installation, durability, and grip, and slide. You can install them just about anywhere, whether you’re a choreographer, teacher, or a dance enthusiast looking to set up a home studio.

Popular settings for Marley floors include:

Best Marley Floor by Dance Style

To help decide what Marley floors are right for your style of dance, let’s go over the common dance styles and our recommended flooring option.

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Ballet, Lyrical, and Contemporary

The precision, skill, and movement of these dance styles require a delicate balance of slide and grip. Since some routines are performed either barefoot or in slippers on the tips of your toes, it’s important to find a vinyl floor with both grip and slide to keep dancers moving, and safe.



ProStep Dance Floor

Available in reversible colors black/gray and black/white, our ProStep Dance Floor is very lightweight and flexible, so it can be easily rolled and unrolled as needed. It’s ideal for temporary dance flooring solutions and tours and provides excellent controlled slip. Plus, ProStep Dance Floor Marley is a medium-fast floor with extra resiliency.

Rosco Adagio Tour Rolls - Custom Cut

Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop

The speed, precision, and high-energy movements of jazz, tap, and hip hop require a tough floor with just enough grip to keep you from sliding. These styles are usually fast-moving and the Rosco Adagio Marley Rolls can help get the job done.



Rosco Adagio Rolls

For each of these high-energy genres of dance, Rosco Adagio rolls are versatile and non-reflective with a controlled slip vinyl surface. So regardless of flicks, kicks, or jazz hands, this roll has you covered with excellent support and firmness for those hard-sole shoes. Plus, whether you’re on the go, or practicing in-studio, these rolls are great for permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary installation.

Rosco Marley Mat

Ballroom, Flamenco, and Irish Step

All of these dance styles have a lot of stomping or hard footfalls at one point or another. That’s why it’s important to find a heavy-duty Marley roll to hang tough during these dance routines. While some Marley rolls might not be able to handle it, there are still a lot of great, durable options available including Wood Dance Rolls.



Wood Dance Rolls

Wood Dance Rolls feature a vinyl wear layer that is backed by a rubber underlayment, resulting in a floor that looks like a professional studio hardwood flooring with a slight ‘give’ that a dancer needs. This ergonomic sprung flooring is heavy-duty, great for joints and landings, and looks like wood without any of the high maintenance.

These Marley floors are recommended for a permanent installation method.

Rosco Adagio Rolls - Custom Cut

Drill Team / Dance Team

When it comes to any sort of dance team, precision is key. Marley is the perfect choice to provide stability with enough slide to land those turns perfectly. But the biggest consideration when choosing a floor for the dance team is the size of the roll.



ProStep Dance Floor

ProStep Dance Floor Rolls are the perfect low-cost solution to your roll-out dance flooring needs. These dance rolls are perfect for any skill level and can be used in the home or studio. Plus, the roll is sold as 60’ long, so you can easily practice with small, medium, and large dance troupes. ProStep Dance Floors can be installed in both temporary and semi-permanent applications.

Types of Marley Flooring

How many types of vinyl dance rolls can there be? To put it simply, a lot. From different dance flooring brands to styles to size, there’s a lot of dance rolls to consider. To make it easy, we separated all vinyl rolls into different categories based on looks, and sizes.


VersaStep Dance Rolls - Full Roll

Traditional Marley Dance Flooring

This type of Marley flooring is the most commonly used style in homes, studios, and companies. The rolls are typically one solid color, and in some cases, reversible.

Made of durable vinyl, these dance rolls come in a variety of sizes, and even custom cuts to fit your space. They can be installed for permanent or temporary use, and depending on the size, are portable.

Top-Rated Traditional Marley



Eco-Wood Dance Mats

Wood-Look Marley Dance Floor Rolls

If you like wood-look dance tiles, you’ll love wood-look Marley dance floors. Available in different sizes and shades of wood, you can practice all eight counts on top of a realistic wood-look Marley roll.

Practice your favorite style of dance on these resilient, durable dance rolls, and be amazed at how convincing this “wood” flooring is.

Top-Rated Wood-Look Marley Floors



ProStep Dance Floor Package with Subfloor

Portable Marley Dance Rolls

If you’re a dancer, teacher, or choreographer who’s always on the go, portable Marley should be your go-to!

Available in a huge variety of sizes, portable Marley rolls are durable and convenient. They can be used at home, at your studio, or practically anywhere you get the urge to bust a move. Simply find the perfect size for your needs, then roll it out and start dancing!

Top-Rated Portable Marley Rolls

Marley Dance Flooring Subfloors

Premium Home Dance Subfloor Kit

Whether you’re a studio, school, or professional company, the last thing you want is injured dancers. The best way to reduce the chance of injury is to start with a dance subfloor.

Subfloors absorb and distribute the dancer’s weight and create a sprung floor for the dancers. This allows dancers to continue to jump, leap, and roll with a lower risk of injury. Thankfully there are tons of great, supportive subfloors to go under your Marley floors. Just install your subfloor tiles over a clean, flat, level surface.

Marley Flooring Installation

Rosco Adagio Rolls - Custom Cut

All Marley rolls install similarly. The main difference is the portability of your vinyl floor and if you’re doing a permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary installation.

Traditionally, you can easily install Marley dance rolls yourself by laying the rolls flat and using vinyl tape over the seams. However, there are few considerations for temporary and permanent installation methods. Let’s take a look.



Temporary Installation

Follow these steps for a permanent installation in your studio.

  1. Unroll the flooring and let it rest for 1-2 days to allow it to relax until it lays flat. Install the shiny side down, matte side up.
  2. To make any cuts to the rolls, use a straightedge and a utility knife. Be sure to leave a 1/4″ gap around the rolls to account for expansion and contraction from temperature changes.
  3. On the underside of each roll, apply double-sided carpet tape around the perimeters, and firmly press the edges to the floor, ensuring there are no ripples.
  4. If you’re installing over foam subfloor tiles and you have excess around the edges, tape this perimeter down to your main floor using Mat Tape, creating a ramp or tapered installation. If you’re installing over foam tiles and there isn’t extra around the edges, tape down the perimeter of the roll directly to the subfloor tiles using Mat Tape.
  5. Use mat tape or dance floor tape on top of the flooring to join the seams of multiple rolls together.
Note: Over time, you may need to replace the tape as it gets worn down or torn from footwork. You should refresh the top tape every few months. The double-sided tape underneath can last for a couple of years.


Permanent Installation

When it comes to the permanent dance flooring, there are a few more steps to take to make sure that the floor stays put. This process requires glue to ensure excellent adhesion to the subfloor.

  1. Spread out the rolls and allow them to relax for 1-2 days until they lay completely flat. Make sure the shiny side faces down, with the matte side up as the top is textured to provide a better grip while dancing.
  2. Use a straightedge and a utility knife to cut the rolls to fit, and leave a 1/4″ gap to account for expansion and contraction.
  3. Roll up the flooring at one end of the room. Spread a light layer of adhesive in 10’ increments or shorter depending on your comfort. Then gradually unroll the flooring into the adhesive.
  4. Continue this step for every 10’ of the roll until you’re finished.
  5. To push out any air bubble and to ensure good adherence, use a 100-pound roller on the floor. Walking on the flooring in small choppy steps may also work if you can’t find a roller.

Marley Flooring Maintenance

The best way to combat outside dirt is to choose a dance floor that is easy to take care of. You’re going to have to end up cleaning it regularly, so you don’t want a floor that requires a big song and dance (pun intended).

The good news is all of our Marley dance flooring options are super easy to clean and maintain. As long as messes are cleaned up promptly, Marley floors just require sweeping/vacuuming and a damp mop with a mild cleaning solution.

Not sure what flooring cleaner to use? We have a selection of all-purpose and heavy-duty dance floor cleaners to make it easy!

Conclusion

Now that you have an idea of what you’re looking for in terms of Marley flooring, are you ready to find the right floor for you?