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Are you sick and tired of being stuck inside? Does this period of self-quarantining and social isolation have you feeling down? We have a solution for you; it’s time for your very own backyard ice rink!

We know what you are thinking;

How can I have an ice rink in my backyard? Isn’t that expensive? And what about the maintenance?

Fear not, the professional and competent staff of Kwik Rinks has got you covered. We serve a nationwide customer base, and we are experts in all things synthetic ice. 

Times are especially tough right now. COVID-19 has completely taken over our lives and left us stranded in our own homes. With our help, though, you can turn your backyard into a near-winter-wonderland. 

child and parent preparing for ice rink

A backyard ice rink for your little skater

Do you have a budding pro-skater or hockey player at your house? What about a family that could use a new and exciting way to get in a little exercise? One of our synthetic backyard ice rink kits could be just the thing to turn those frowns on your little ones’ faces upside down.

Training at home on a synthetic ice rink can become a valuable part of your little skater’s regime. Especially now, when going to the gym is impossible. Your skater needs all the ice time he or she can get to maintain a competitive edge. 

Fortunately, a bigger rink is not always better. You won’t have to devote all of your outdoor space to a synthetic rink. With a smaller space, your skater can repeat a drill and correct his or her mistake while limiting the amount of time wasted getting, from point A to point B. 

What is the ideal location for a backyard ice rink?

There is no right or wrong answer to that question. 

Some of the places for your future rink include:

  • Garage- If you would prefer an indoor rink to an outdoor one, consider transforming your garage into a skating arena. 
  • Basement- Another ideal location for an indoor rink would be your basement if you have one. Chances are, you’re already using it as a rec or game room, why not use that space as a winter game room. 
  • Deck- Synthetic rinks always work best on hard, flat surfaces. If you have room on your deck, consider placing your backyard ice rink here. 
  • Driveway- If you have the ability to park somewhere other than your driveway, consider using this valuable space for a synthetic ice rink. Plus, if you have a garage, you can move your rink in and out to make it either an indoor or outdoor rink depending on the weather or your preference. Like decks, you’ll want a hard, flat surface, something like a plywood base under the rink.
  • Backyard- And, of course, you can always turn a portion of your backyard into the perfect practice rink for your little Nancy Kerrigan or Wayne Gretzsky. 

As an added bonus, any skater who trains on synthetic ice will have a leg up on the competition. Synthetic ice provides additional resistance, which will make your skater that much stronger. Give your kid every chance possible to succeed. 

Junior Hockey Player Handling Puck on Ice

Backyard ice rinks are not just for the pros

Skating provides many health benefits. It’s not just for those who participate in amateur or professional sports. And with your synthetic rink, you can stay fit year-round. 

The main benefits of a skating regime are improved stability, strength, and control. You will notice that these traits carry over into other sports and activities in which you undertake. 

Here are just of few of the benefits you and your family will experience with your synthetic backyard ice rink:

Better Balance

Ice skating is an excellent way to improve your balance. Sliding across and incredibly slick surface on two thin sheets of metal will help anyone become surer on their feet. 

Better Joint Flexibility

We all know the pain of stiff and achy joints. Ice skating is an ideal way to loosen your joints. The emphasis on quick foot and joint movements provides your legs with an excellent workout. 

You will notice an increase in your flexibility and leg strength in no time. Plus, skating is a lower impact workout than running. 

When you ice skate, you work almost every major muscle group in your body, especially your joints. 

Joyful parents ice skating with child

Build Up Your Leg Muscles

Flexibility is good, but muscle strength is vital when it comes to improved quality of life. Your chance of injury decreases when you build up your muscle mass. 

Cardio 

When it comes to heart health, cardio is critical. Aerobic exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and what better way to get your heart rate up than a couple of laps around your backyard ice rink? Skating is also a great way to build your endurance.

Stress Relief

When you engage in regular and frequent physical activity, like ice skating, you can battle the effects of stress. You will have fun and lower your stress levels at the same time. 

Mental Fitness

It is essential to work out your mind, as well as your body. With your new backyard synthetic ice rink, you will combat anxiety while you improve your physical fitness. Spend time with your friends and family, bonding in the fresh air. 

Work on Leadership and Character Traits

Through athletics and team sports, you can improve your-

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Confidence
  • Commitment
  • Passion
  • Communication
  • Decision-making Capabilities
  • Accountability
  • Delegation
  • Respectfulness
  • Responsibility
  • Humility
  • Compassion

childs feet in ice skates

As a parent, you should encourage your children to participate in all kinds of physical activities. They will learn and hone these valuable life skills, plus many more. 

If you are ready to spice up your quarantine, contact Kwik Rinks today. Turn your backyard into a destination with one of our synthetic backyard ice rinks. We are your best bet for synthetic ice. 

Hockey goal lit up in a dark arena

 

We love winter sports, but we hate that you have to wait for the winter months to partake in them. Thankfully, advances in modern technology have led to such wonders as man-made snow and indoor skating rinks- either artificial or synthetic ice. 

For hockey and figure skating, you need access to a rink to stay sharp. If only there were a way to practice these precision sports in your own home.

Well, with KwikRinks, now you can! KwikRinks is one of the leaders in the field of synthetic ice. We have been in the business since the mid-90s and have installed synthetic ice rinks almost everywhere you can imagine. 

From retail businesses to private homes, a synthetic ice rink can spice up any space. 

But what is synthetic ice, you may be wondering. 

The History of Synthetic Ice

Synthetic ice, not to be confused with artificial ice, is a solid polymer material. Synthetic ice rinks are constructed with interlocking panels and designed to be used with traditional, metal skates. 

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Artificial, or man-made ice, is what you typically find at indoor ice rinks. Primarily, the term artificial ice refers to a mechanically frozen skating surface made from water frozen with refrigeration equipment. 

The first known instance of plastic products as a substitute for real or artificial ice in the purpose of skating was back in the 1960s. The first synthetic ice sheets were made from polyoxymethylene plastic. 

Through the decades though, technology has steadily advanced. Today, synthetic ice rinks are typically made with High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Ultra-High Molecular Weight (UHMWPE). 

The type of plastic used is important, as low molecular weight plastics are too soft and can easily break down while polymer surfaces that are too hard can strip the edge on a skate blade and poorly affect performance. 

How Does it Compare to Real Ice?

Basically, the main difference between real ice, artificial or natural, and synthetic ice is glide. When you skate on ice, the heat from the friction of your blade causes the ice to melt slightly. 

The small amount of water this contact produces allows you to slide or glide over the ice. This water acts as a lubricant against drag. 

Joyful parents ice skating with child

With synthetic ice, this lubrication must be fabricated. For many synthetic ice products, this means adding a liquid surface additive to reduce drag. 

At KwikRinks, though, our patented KwikRink V Synthetic Ice is fully lubricated and requires no topical sprays whatsoever. 

Gone are the days of having to apply some type of surface agent continually. Our slip agent is built into our polymer sheets.

Unlike many of the so-called “self-lubricating” panels that liter the market today, our slip agent will never ooze out of the surface, leaving your synthetic ice rink dry in just a few years. 

Why KwikRinks?

We are passionate about customer satisfaction. We believe our product is the best on the market and we want the chance to prove it to you. 

With a KwikRink V Synthetic Ice rink, you will find speed and performance that is unmatched in the industry. 

One of the main reasons to get yourself a KwikRink V rink is the ease of backward skating and transitioning. With traditional synthetic ice rinks, you will typically be forced to slow down as you transition. 

And with backward skating, instead of feeling natural, it tends to feel clunky and forced. With KwikRink V, though, that resistance is considerably reduced. Our synthetic ice rinks are the next best thing to the real thing. 

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With our products, you will achieve almost the same level of surface glide as you would with real or artificial ice. You will barely notice the difference. 

But the best reason to choose KwikRinks is the absence of oily panels. For many synthetic ice products, you will need to reapply a slipping agent continually. 

That agent a tendency to migrate, causing parts of the rink to feel like a dead, over-used cutting board. With our KwikRink V panels, the agent is built-in, leaving you with near-perfect glide for years to come. 

Our panels will last up to ten years. We are constantly improving our product. Currently, we are offering our fourth generation surface, which provides up to 90% of the glide of real ice. 

We are a global company and can install a rink anywhere across the world. 

At Kwik Rink we are-

 

  • Experienced- We have been in business for over 20 years
  • Durable- Our panels are low-maintenance and resilient, you can even park your car on them
  • Easy to Install- Our jigsaw patterned panels make installation and teardown a breeze
  • Adaptable- We can build a rink of any size, and can easily add or subtract panels as your need arises

 

All you need for your synthetic ice rink is a flat, even surface. We will take care of the rest. 

Are There Any Benefits to Synthetic Ice?

Of course, there are! 

A synthetic ice rink is much easier and more cost-effective to maintain that a true ice rink. If you choose a synthetic ice rink that is self-lubricating, all you need to do is keep it clean. 

With synthetic ice, there are no water and electricity costs. After your original costs, there is very little in incidentals. 

Installation is quick and easy. The polymer panels lock together and can be easily adjusted to accommodate any space. 

One of the most significant advantages, though, is the flexibility a synthetic ice rink offers. You don’t have to worry about temperature; your rink can be installed indoors or outdoors, depending on your preference. 

Our KwikRink V Synthetic Ice rinks are environmentally friendly and are accessible for anyone, anywhere, at any time. 

Your new synthetic rink will provide you with exercise and entertainment. You can hone your hockey or figure skating skills, or simply have fun with your friends and family. 

When you are ready to install your own synthetic ice rink, KwikRinks is here for you. Contact us today for your free estimate.