Can you skate on synthetic ice? Although synthetic ice has been around for decades, many people still do not know much about it. Below, we have posted answers to some of the most common synthetic ice questions that we frequently receive.
It can also be hard to find accurate information on the web, as most of it is posted by companies with an agenda. Since 1996, KwikRink Synthetic Ice has been selling premium skating surfaces and are considered the elite experts in the industry.
Can you skate on synthetic ice?
This is a question we get a lot…Can you skate on synthetic ice? Really, can you? Yes, you can, but not all synthetic ice tiles are created equally – Some will skate better than others. Many competing brands sell surfaces that we were selling in the 199o’s…That is old!
How long does synthetic ice last?
There are a lot of variables to consider when answering a question like this. Ultimately, the answer to this question will depend on factors like; frequency of use, the intensity of use, number of users, the weight of users.
We sold and installed a KwikRink to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. We expect up to 10 years of lifespan with a team of professional hockey players using the surface intensely every day.
Most commercial training facilities and especially residential rinks can get a lot more life out of their synthetic ice. We have been in business for over 20 years, and have not seen a residential rink wear out.
The only exception is when the synthetic ice is used for goalie training. Goalies do put more wear into the synthetic ice tiles, as they stay mostly in one spot while training.
KwikRink V (3/8″) – 10+ years on average
KwikRink V (1/2″) – 15+ years on average
Will Synthetic Ice Ruin my Skates?
No, synthetic ice will not “ruin” your skates. Most of our clients will use their primary pair of ice skates when skating. Again, all synthetic ice tiles are not created equally. Some will dull your blades faster than others.
Some of the hardest surfaces will dull the blades very fast, so it is important to find a synthetic ice surface that has the proper hardness balance. While skating on KwikRink, you can expect your blades to dull at about the same rate as if you were skating on an outdoor pond on a cold day – a huge improvement over competing brands.
Can I do a Hockey Stop on Synthetic Ice?
Yes, hockey stops are possible on synthetic ice. All skating maneuvers on KwikRink V synthetic ice tiles, such as; backward skating, transitioning, and hockey stops, are 100% natural movements when compared to real ice.
What type of maintenance is required for my synthetic ice rink?
The simple rule of thumb for any synthetic ice rink – The cleaner it is, the faster it will skate. Dirt and debris create extra friction between the skate blade and synthetic ice tiles. Make sure to sweep and mop your rink, as needed. If outside, using a pressure washer works very well to clean rinks that show signs of neglect.
Can I wear shoes on synthetic ice?
Yes, you can wear shoes on synthetic ice. We always recommend keeping a clean pair of gym shoes to use when not wearing skates.
This will help keep the surface clean and performing at its best. The synthetic ice tiles are designed to be slippery to the skate blade but are not as slick on the shoe. That being said, you are purchasing the rink for ice skating, which is what its intended use is. Synthetic ice will not be an ideal surface for intense running and jump-cuts.