When planning an event, staging isn’t the first thing that comes to most peoples’ minds…but without a sturdy platform, even the best-rehearsed performance could fall flat.
Event staging is used for creating a temporary designated area for performers, speakers, and presenters to engage with the audience. It serves as a focal point for various types of events ranging from concerts and weddings to trade shows, conventions, and fashion runways. It’s a crucial component in ensuring the event runs smoothly and effectively.
Most organizers choose either steel or aluminum staging for their event. Both are great options for constructing elevated platforms designed to accommodate performers, equipment, and audiences — and each type has distinct advantages. The best staging depends on the type of event and other factors.
Benefits of ST8100 Steel Event Staging
Steel event staging provides a robust and customizable solution for a wide variety of events. Benefits of steel staging systems include:
- Durability. Steel structures are strong and durable, capable of supporting heavy equipment, large crowds, and elaborate stage setups. It’s suitable for long-term or repeated use.
- Safety. Steel structures are known for their stability and load-bearing capacity. Steel event stages are engineered to meet strict safety standards, minimizing the risk of accidents during events.
- Customization. Steel stages can be customized to accommodate various event layouts, sizes, and configurations. They can be expanded, adjusted, and accessorized with elements like stairs, ramps, and guardrails, and covered with elegant decking or flooring materials.
- Weather Resistance. Steel stages are generally more resistant to harsh weather conditions, making them suitable for outdoor events where exposure to rain, wind, and other elements is a concern.
- Professional Appearance. Steel event stages provide a polished and professional appearance, often complementing the aesthetics of high-profile events like concerts, corporate presentations, and theatrical performances.
- Flexibility. Steel stages can be adapted for multi-level setups, tiered seating arrangements, and complex stage designs, enhancing the visual experience for both performers and the audience.
- Longevity. Steel stages have a longer lifespan compared to some other materials, making them a good investment for venues or organizations that host frequent events.
The Bil-Jax ST8100 Multi-Stage is a traditional steel staging system that is extremely versatile and easy to assemble. Versatile and flexible, this modular stage system can be configured in various shapes and sizes to accommodate a wide range of events. Accessories include build-up frames for tiered seating; legs, sleeves, and base pads for custom support; and a storage cart for easy transportation to and from event sites.
The ST8100 has been around for a long time and is widely regarded as a proven workhorse in the industry. It’s primarily used outdoors (though it can also be set up indoors) and is a popular choice for concerts, live performances, tent flooring, and conventions.
AS2100 Aluminum Event Staging Benefits
Aluminum staging offers a lightweight, durable, and customizable solution for events large and small. Aluminum staging systems provide the following benefits:
- Lightweight. Aluminum is significantly lighter than steel, making aluminum event stages easier to transport, assemble, and disassemble. This is particularly beneficial for events that require frequent setup and tear-down.
- Portability. Due to its lightweight nature, aluminum stages are highly portable, making them suitable for events held in locations where heavy equipment is impractical or quick setup is necessary.
- Corrosion Resistance. Aluminum is naturally corrosion-resistant, making aluminum event stages a great choice for outdoor events and venues located in humid or coastal areas where rust could be a concern.
- Ease of Assembly. Aluminum event stages often use modular designs and systems that can be assembled without the need for heavy machinery or specialized tools. This can reduce setup time and labor costs.
- Versatility. Aluminum stages are versatile and can be configured in various shapes and sizes to match the specific requirements of different events.
- Aesthetics. Aluminum event stages can be finished with sleek and modern designs that contribute to a contemporary event environment.
- Affordability. In general, aluminum event stages are more cost-effective in terms of material and transportation costs, making them a suitable option for budget-conscious events.
The Bil-Jax AS2100 Staging System is an aluminum stage available in a variety of shapes and dimensions. It’s available in two standard deck sizes (4’ x 4’ and 4’ x 8’) and fully configurable. Snap-in legs and unique locking hooks make assembly a breeze. Accessories like fixed and adjustable legs, guard rails, and a truss understructure make this aluminum stage a versatile solution. Adapters enable you to transition from steel to aluminum staging if your needs change.
With a clean and crisp look and velcro for easy-attach skirting, the AS2100 is ideal for elegant indoor events such as weddings, fashion shows, and speaking engagements. Cart packages are available for an all-encompassing flooring package. The AS2100 may also be used outside but is not meant to be kept outdoors for extended periods.
Need help selecting a staging system for your event? Contact the Bil-Jax team and we’ll help you choose the perfect solution for your needs!