Sniper’s Edge tiles, also known as slick tiles or dryland hockey flooring tiles, are growing in popularity because a hockey player can turn just about any place into a hockey training area simply by adding some tiles. You can even pick different colored tiles to create zones and boundaries. It only takes a little while, and you end up having a durable hockey-playing area that will last for years to come. They are simple to set up and easy to care for. If you are thinking about investing in some hockey tiles, doing so could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
Scope Out Your Area
Before you do anything else, plan ahead and decide where you are going to install your hockey tiles. It should be a flat, level surface with a hard foundation. If you want to install tiles over a carpeted area, you will first have to install some plywood to have a solid surface. Your best bet is to find a place in the garage where you can lay the tiles over concrete. However, if this option is not available, find your place and put a layer of plywood over it.
Measure the Area
You will need to know how many boxes of tiles to get for your training area. Each tile is one foot by one foot, and there are twenty tiles in one box. This means that for every box, you get twenty square feet of tiles. If you measure how many feet wide by how many feet long, then multiply those two numbers together, that will be your square footage of the area. Ten feet times, ten feet would be 100 square feet. For one hundred square feet, you would need five boxes.
Placing Your Tiles
As we mentioned above, it is very important to have a flat, hard surface to place the tiles on. When this surface is ready to go, you are ready to put the tiles into place. Depending on how much space you have to work with, you may want to start from the outside in. Use your best judgment when placing the tiles. Do the math and go from there. Place the first tile down flat on the floor, then snap the next one into place by placing the tabbed areas on the sides of the tiles together. You can see in the picture above that there are tabs on one side, and grooves on the other. Those tabs fit perfectly in the grooves of the next tile. Place them securely together and flat on the surface. Make sure that each tile is snug and that there are no gaps or bumps.
Check Your Flooring
Once you have all of your tiles in place, go over your job and make sure that there are not any raised areas where a person could trip or could cause the puck to jump. The tiles are made to be smooth and without seams but double-check your floor anyway. It is always better to make sure than to assume. Once you have all of the tiles in place, and there are no flaws, go ahead and enjoy your new training area. You deserve it!