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.
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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