Often, metal edging and the Skatelite is inlaid within this metal. This will protect it from chipping. If the ramp is for your backyard, and you make it clear not not to grind or smash the edges of the Skatelite, you do not need the metal edging. To apply the edging, cut ¼ inch thick metal with a metal cutting jigsaw blade, then grind and sand down any sharp corners/edges. The metal edging is countersunk above the studs and secured with screws. The Skatelite is then inlaid between the metal.
Ramp Surface Cutting
Use a thinner kerfed (skinny) – carbide tipped blade for cutting the Skatelite. Make sure it is sharp! You don’t need to tape the cut line if your blade is sharp and blade depth is set just a little deeper than ¼ inch. Make sure your measurements are accurate so that you don’t have to redo it.
You want the Skatelite surface to have small gaps between the sheets, so that with changes in temperature there will be room to expand/shrink. Use a coin to put in between sheets to provide ample room for expansion. If you now countersink and screw down thoroughly, your ramp surface shouldn’t buckle.
Countersinks and Screws
High quality countersinks are a necessity when applying the ramp surface. Use two hew bolts to securely tighten the lead drill bit to the countersink about ¼ inch above the flutes of the countersink bit. Expect to use one countersink per four sheets of ramp surfacing. If your ramp take 16 sheets of Skatelite Pro, you will want to make sure you have a four pack of countersinks as well.
When it rains, water may collect in a puddle in certain areas of your ramp. It is important to drill drain holes in your ramp. A trick to make sure that the water to drain out it to drill a small hole where the puddle is, then get a small (large straw sized) plastic tube from a hardware store and cut it to 6 inches long. Then cut a sharp angle at the bottom. Drill the hole in your ramp slightly larger than the diameter of the tube, then glue the tube into the hole. This will ensure that the water will drain out of the ramp.