Do you ever wish you could play hockey year-round at home, indoors or out? Perhaps you want to work on your moves to prepare for the season.
You’ve tried inline roller skates on asphalt or cement but you just don’t get that glide that ice offers. Synthetic ice could be the solution you’ve been searching for. Is it right for you?
Plastic Tiles and Sheets
While nothing matches the feel and function of blades on real ice, there is one substitute that comes closer than any other: synthetic ice hockey flooring. This is a solid polymer designed for use with regular metal bladed ice skates. It comes in interlocking easy-to-install tiles or larger panels. Some come with a self-lubricating agent and this, along with the polymer, offers the least resistance of any material other than ice. The synthetic surface grips more than ice so you will slide more on an edge stop than on real ice. They do dull your skates faster so experts recommend sharpening your skates after every practice session.
Durability and Maintenance
The tiles and sheets of synthetic ice are more durable the thicker and denser they are. With daily use, the best tiles last about ten years. Skating on the material will leave shavings which can be swept away. The material can be effectively cleaned with a carpet cleaning machine filled with water and bleach.
Sniper’s Edge synthetic ice packs cost between $200 and $$300USD per pack. The specifications are listed below:
Each Panel = 46.75” x 23.75” or 7.67 Sq Ft. (roughly 2’x4’ Panel)
Assembled Pack Info (estimated sq ft):
- 1 Pack Assembled (4 Panels) = 30.68 sq ft
- 2 Packs Assembled (8 Panels) = 61.36 sq ft
- 4 Packs Assembled (16 Panels) = 122.72 sq ft
- 6 Packs Assembled (24 Panels) = 184.08 sq ft
- 12 Packs Assembled (48 Panels) = 368.16 sq ft
So for approximately 368 square feet, the cost would be, before taxes, approximately $3,240. All in all, that is a pretty good price for a high-quality flooring that will allow you to play hockey all year round.
Nothing is like real ice for skating. But, so long as you keep your skates sharp and your shavings swept up, synthetic ice comes close and it’s great for practicing year-round indoors or out. Because you can set synthetic ice up virtually anywhere it is easy and convenient to practice in the comfort of your own home. This way keeps you from going out into the public and being exposed to the virus.
Sniper’s Edge Synthetic Ice
Sniper’s Edge Hockey is the number one source for all of your hockey needs. Whether you are a pro or beginner there is a hockey training aid available for you to get even better. Practice and play with a purpose within every move you make. It is easy to practice your hardest and still have a good time while you do. Sniper’s Edge is as passionate about your game as you are, so trust us with all of your hockey playing needs.