There is quite a big difference between skating floor tiles and synthetic ice flooring. Although both of them are fantastic inventions that enable hockey players to practice and even play games, they are different. We will point out some of the major differences between the two and allow you to make your own decision regarding which might be best for you depending on your needs.
Tiles and Panels
Slick tiles, dryland tiles, floor tiles, they are all tiles. Each tile, with Sniper’s Edge Hockey, is 1 foot by 1 foot squared. On each square tile, there are tabs along the sides that neatly connect with the next tile. Flooring tiles are smaller and more compact than panels. Synthetic ice usually comes in 2 feet by 4 feet panels that have interlocking tabs on the sides. Synthetic ice panels are much larger than the slick tiles and require a much larger space to install in.
If you have enough flooring installed to be able to skate on dryland tiles, you can only use rollerblades to skate. Dryland tiles were not built for ice skates so it is not a good idea to even try to ice skate on them. However, if you use synthetic ice, it is the other way around. Synthetic ice was made for ice skates. You can use ice skates all you want on synthetic ice, but don’t try to rollerblade on it. Both surfaces are extremely durable and last for many years, but they are made to use for different reasons. If you try to ice skate on dryland tiles or rollerblade on synthetic ice you could end up causing damage to both the flooring and yourself.
The Sniper’s Edge Slick Tiles are called that for a reason. They are slick. They are specially manufactured to be able to accommodate hockey pucks in the same manner as ice does. When the tiles snap together they form a tight bond that doesn’t allow for bulging or gaps. The material that the tiles are made of allows for ice-like slickness that does not need to be added to or manipulated by any other components. As for the Sniper’s Edge Synthetic Ice flooring, the panels are self-lubricating so that there is never a need to use additives or extras. Both of these options are realistic in the sense that the puck glides across like being on a real ice rink.
Ease of Assembly
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Both flooring solutions are easy to install and put together. All you need is enough room to place them firmly on a flat surface, and everything else is as easy as pie. As mentioned above, the floor tiles are much smaller so that makes them much easier to put into place. Both the panels and the tiles have tight-fitting tabs that fit perfectly within each other and provide a seamless, gliding floor for the perfect hockey experience. As long as the surface that you build them on is solid and flat, you will not have any problems assembling either one of them.
Both the synthetic ice and the slick tile dryland flooring are great choices. It all boils down to your specific needs as a player. Do you need to use ice skates? If so then you would most definitely need to get the synthetic ice. Whatever flooring you think will work for you as long as you continue to practice and keep your skill sharp you can’t go wrong.