To construct a roller skating rink, the main material needed is flooring, and rink owners can choose from hardwood, rollerboard, concrete or skatecourt. Aside from flooring, materials to make up a snack bar area, such as counters, booths, and food-warming and preparation appliances, are needed. Signage with the rink's logo is necessary, as are a wide variety of roller, inline and speed skates in different sizes with an accompanying size chart for each type.
Hardwood floors are a timeless tradition in roller skating rinks and are arguably the best surface on which to skate. Hardwood floors are typically composed of maple and can last 25 to 50 years with regular maintenance. Hardwood floors have the distinct advantage of tolerating humidity more efficiently than other floors.
Rollerboard floors have increased in popularity since their inception and are composed of particle board linked together at tongue-and-groove joints. A urethane skate floor coating protects the floor. These floors are an easy way to turn an existing property into a roller skating rink.
Concrete floors are both economical and easy to install. They are placed in one thin coat of no more than 1/4 inch over the subfloor.
Skatecourt floors are for skating rinks that offer hockey programs. Ten-inch connecting square tiles cover the floor and appear seamless. Like rollerboard, skatecourt works well when repurposing an existing building into a roller skating rink.