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Last edited 24 Nov 2020
Temporary flooring options
If you’re faced with an uneven ground surface and don’t want to go to the expense of having a permanent base laid for a temporary solution, there are a number of temporary flooring options.
The budget option is to have a plastic portable floor (similar to those used at festivals and events to create pathways), which simply lays to your existing surface like this one which was installed at the temporary cruise line baggage hall at Liverpool.
The biggest downside with this type of floor is it can lift in extreme heat (which we don’t get a lot of in the UK) and of course, if you get any water ingress due to sloping ground, the water will run across the top of the portable floor.
A better option can be a ‘heavy-floor’ system which is designed to level the ground and has the added benefit of acting as the base for the temporary building, so there is no need to penetrate the ground to anchor the building into place.
It is possible to run a pump truck across it, so providing fork lift access is not needed, this floor system is a very fast and effective way to create a solid level base, when the existing ground surface is either too uneven or there is only a grassed or hardcore area.
In some situations a raised concrete base might be better, but if the intention is only to use the temporary building for a few months, as opposed to years, then a new concrete base would probably be cost prohibitive.
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