Can You Ice Skate on Slick Tiles?

Can You Ice Skate on Slick Tiles?

There has been a lot of buzz revolving around the phenomenal hockey flooring known as slick tiles. For the ones that already know what it is used for and how it works, it is no surprise that although slick dryland hockey flooring will allow pucks and sticks to slide across it just like they would as if it were on real ice, most everything else about it is nothing like ice at all. Let’s take a closer look at slick tiles and what they are.

What Are Slick Tiles?

A common type of hockey flooring is the dryland hockey flooring that most Dek hockey courts are made out of. Sniper’s Edge Hockey decided to go a couple of steps further and turn regular dryland hockey tiles into slick ones that will allow for pucks to glide on. With this design, it is possible to play inline skate hockey with pucks as well as to play with tennis shoes and hockey balls.

Slick tiles are simply dryland hockey flooring that has been treated to have a slick surface that players can use to practice with pucks. This type of flooring is ideal to use with inline skates or sneakers. Ice skating, on the other hand, is a whole different story.

Ice Skating On Ice

Ice skates are specifically designed to allow a skater to glide gracefully across the surface of an ice rink. When the blades of the ice skates make contact with the ice they cause the ice to melt just a little. This melting causes a little bit of water to form in the path of the skates and create a natural lubricant that helps to keep the skates flowing freely and without much resistance. When ice skaters get the hang of ice skates, they can perform unimaginable feats because of the way that the ice allows them to almost fly over the surface.

Dryland Hockey Flooring

Although synthetic ice was designed in order to allow people to ice skate on it much like they can on ice, dryland flooring was not built with the same idea in mind. Where frozen water and artificial ice have a hard surface, dryland tiles are not so hard. If you try to ice skate over the top of dryland flooring you will not have much luck. It might be easier for you to ice skate over the linoleum in your grandparent’s kitchen.

In the case of slick dryland flooring, yes the surface is slick, but it is not hard enough to withstand ice skating blades. Pucks and sticks are fine on dryland flooring, but anything that requires the hard surface of ice, will not work with dryland tiles.

Conclusion

If you feel that you want to go ahead and try your luck ice skating on slick tiles anyway, be prepared for a couple of problems. You may be able to get up there on your skates if you have enough ankle strength to do so, but you probably won’t get much further than that. If you prefer being able to ice skate on your flooring it is best to invest in some synthetic ice panels instead. That way you can have your own ice skating rink wherever you build it.

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How to Practice Hockey on Slick Tiles

How to Practice Hockey on Slick Tiles

Although slick tiles are not the same as real ice or even synthetic ice they are a great way to train for ice hockey. The great thing about dryland hockey tiles is that they are compact and lightweight. Each tile is one square foot so that you can install the tiles just about anywhere that you would like. As long as you have a flat surface with enough room to move around on, you can build a hockey training area within a matter of minutes. Practicing on them is a lot like practicing on real ice, but there are some key differences that you might want to ponder before you start.

What Are Slick Tiles Anyway?

In order to get the most out of slick tiles, it is a good idea to know what they are. Dryland hockey flooring is a type of flooring that hockey players install in order to get an ice-like practice where the puck slides like on ice, and the surface does not damage the stick. Just like synthetic ice was carefully crafted out of polymer plastic until it was perfected by developers, slick tiles are crafted specifically for hockey players that want to get the most out of their practice sessions while never having to leave home if they don’t want to.

Practicing on Slick Tiles

Although dryland hockey flooring is similar to synthetic ice, it is not the same. Slick tiles are softer and not as dense. Because of this, it is not recommended to attempt to use ice skates on it. Slick tiles are made for inline skates or regular tennis shoes. Ice skates, however, are out of the question. If you want to try ice skating on slick tiles,  you might have better luck doing so on your kitchen floor.

Now that we have made sure that you know not to try and ice skate on dryland flooring, we can move to the next step. Practicingh on dryland flooring is just as easy as it is on real ice. Although the footing aspect of the flooring is different, the way that the puck slides and the way that the stick interacts with the flooring is much like real ice. You can make shots and stickhandle without having to worry about damaging your sticks’ blade.

Hockey Training Aids on Slick Tiles

Since the slick tiles are so much like ice you can use just about any training aid that is available on the market to help you train on it. Many players love to set up a hockey shooting tarp in their practice area so that they can take the time to hone in on their shooting skills. Whatever kind of hockey training you need in order to strengthen your skills, you will most likely be able to do it on slick tiles.

Conclusion

If you remember the cardinal rule when it comes to what footwear you can use when you practice on your dryland flooring, you will be OK. Train on your slick tiles the same way you would anywhere else. Train with the purpose to be better at hockey than you were the last time you trained. Keep pushing and stay focused. There is a lot of competition out there, it is your job to be able to keep up with them.

 

***Sniper’s Edge Hockey loves Canada! We proudly ship all of our products to Canada and offer the same return policies as we do for everybody else. We realize the exchange rates for the Canadian dollar are not the best right now, so we’re trying to help by giving you free shipping and no customs/duty.***