DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF BUILDING A DISPOSABLE RAMP!
Building or buying a skate ramp for your backyard is a big investment and will be there for a long time. At KO Ramps we take pride in building high quality skate ramps. Over 10 years of experience in skatepark and skate ramp construction gives us extensive knowledge in materials and design. We have done the research and found suppliers for the best materials to use in Australia's diverse climate. We constantly test and perfect our products to give you the longest lasting and durable premium quality skate ramps.
Here is an overview of how we construct our ramps and products:
CNC MACHINED RAMP PARTS
All our ramp parts are CNC machined to ensure a perfect cut every time. We use F17 or F22 grade structural form ply for our ramps parts. F17 grade Form Ply is basically a marine plywood that is laminated with a HDO phenolic overlay to prevent water from impregnating the plywood core. We make sure all our form ply is made using marine type A phenolic glue. This waterproof glue line will prevent plywood layers from delaminating due to water and moisture.
We use centre transitions placed at every 1200mm to 1800mm. These centre parts have either cut-outs or we double the middle transitions. This way your ramp will be super solid and it will not be pushed in after a period of time.
All plywood retailers and manufactures will tell you to seal all edges of the plywood. This is an important step when weatherproofing your ramp! Non sealed and exposed plywood edges are prone to water damage and delamination. We seal all cut edges with 3 coats of sealer to prevent the water from entering the plywood core. This is a critical step to ensure the longevity of the plywood parts. Make sure your ramp builder is not cutting corners!
H3 LOSP TREATED TIMBER FRAMING
All timbers used for our outdoor kits are H3 LOSP treated. Light organic solvent preservative that contains copper naphthenates and synthetic pyrethroids as well as other chemicals to provide protection from insects and decay. LOSP is applied with vacuum pressure impregnation. This penetration allows the solvent to protect timber from moisture, termites and decay in the outdoors for up to 25 years.
We use 90x35mm and 90x45mm size timbers depending on the application.
All steel fixings and coping tubes are hot dip galvanized to prevent them from rusting and oxidation. Our half pipes come with 60mm coping which is a standard size that you will find in any skate park.
STAINLESS STEEL SCREWS
All our outdoor products come standard with stainless steel surfacing screws. We use 10G x 50mm Torx head screws for ease of use and no stripping of screw heads. Painted and galvanised decking screws tend to rust and break!
SILICONED SURFACE JOINTS
Water is your halfpipe's worst enemy. There's nothing worse than water trapped between the layers of the surfacing materials. It happens after every time it rains and it squirts out between the joints when you try to skate. Also it will take ages to dry out! We silicone all top surface joints to minimize any water from getting between the layers of plywood! This little step will also give an extra protection from the water entering the plywood core.
With these few extra steps we make sure that your halfpipe is as protected from the elements of weather as possible.