Back To Position Statement

Roller Skating and Rollerblading

MFMA does not recommend the use of roller skates/blades on a standard gymnasium floor. Nylon, plastic, and metal wheels can cause scuff marks and scratches in the gymnasium finish. Ongoing skating activities can shorten the life of the finish and skating accidents have the potential to cause damage to the maple flooring itself.

As you may know, MFMA maple is the preferred surface for use in roller rinks. However, the finish application for a roller rink differs from that of a gymnasium, and the maple is always laid in the direction of the skating (usually in a hexagonal or octagonal pattern.) These minor differences in installation procedures produce a surface much more geared to skating use than installation procedures typically employed for recreational facility and gymnasium installations.

If you have additional questions, contact MFMA's Technical Director at 888/480-9138.


We use cookies to help provide you with the best possible online experience. Please read our Privacy Policy for information about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

By continuing to use this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device.