Ice rink arenas experience heavy foot traffic, from hockey players walking on their skates to guests filtering in with winter boots. Hockey arena flooring needs to withstand skate blades and sudden changes in temperature and humidity, as well as reduce the chance of slips and provide a comfortable path to walk on.

While there are many options for hockey rink flooring, it’s tough to beat the benefits of rubber flooring, which make it the preferred surface for arenas:

Rubber flooring is:

  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Resilient
  • Slip-resistant
  • Spike resistant
  • Sound absorbing
  • Impact absorbing
  • Cushioned
  • Sustainable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to clean

Rubber flooring for ice rinks is also easy to maintain, which makes it a sound investment for arenas of all sizes. This article specifies the different types of rubber flooring for ice rinks and hockey arenas.

Rolled Rubber

Rubber rolls can cover a large area in a small amount of time and with easy installation. For hockey arenas with transitional spaces between the ice rink and the locker room, rubber rolls are an efficient way to complete the job.

  • Fewer seams than tiles or mats to reduce tripping hazards
  • The option of ordering customized lengths specific to the size of the area to be covered
  • Various thickness options are available

Rubber Sheets

Rubber sheets are a smart choice for covering smaller spaces like the bench area, locker rooms, hallways, and entranceways. Like rubber rolls, they provide a cushioned, slip-resistant surface for skate blades while reducing vibration and noise. Both rubber rolls and rubber mats come in different speckled colours, a fun option to match the home team’s colours and the arena’s aesthetics.

Rubber Interlocking Tiles

Interlocking rubber tiles are an ideal choice if you need highly portable flooring. Some large ice rink arenas rent individual rooms and spaces for other purposes, such as meetings, kid’s birthday parties, dance workshops, group fitness, martial arts classes, and more. Portable rubber tiles are easy to install over top of the existing floor and just as easy to take apart and store when not in use.

Final thoughts

Rubber delivers extra protection for skates where blades can be damaged on hard surfaces like concrete. Due to the temperature and moisture levels in hockey rink arenas, reducing the risk of slippery floors and injury is the priority. When it comes to safety, durability, and versatility, rubber flooring for ice rinks and hockey arenas is a smart choice!

Contact Perfect Surfaces today to learn more about rubber flooring options for your facility and to receive a quote.