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Imagine strapping on your ice skates and going out for practice in your backyard in the middle of summer. Ice skating during the summer used to be possible only at indoor ice skating rinks. But now, it’s something anyone can do year-round. 

KwikRink has been a leader in the artificial ice skating industry since the 1990s. We are happy to provide an estimate for your home rink. All you need is a flat space, and you can have your rink to enjoy ice skating year-round. 

We typically think of pools as entertainment for our friends and family in summer. But what if you could entertain them with an ice rink in your home? What memories can you create with your ice skating rink during the summer? 

Benefits Of Synthetic Ice 

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Synthetic ice does not need to be cold to be maintained. So it can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors, even in warm weather. It is something that you and your family can enjoy all year round. 

You can enjoy hockey practice or hone your figure skating skills in the middle of July. Or skate for fun. Have a scrimmage game any time you want, regardless of the time of year. 

Synthetic ice is also easy to maintain. All you need is to sweep and mop, and you are good to go! No zamboni required! 

Make Some Amazing Memories Ice Skating During Summer

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You can host a skating party on Memorial Day weekend, on the Fourth of July, or Labor Day weekend! Decorate your rink with string lights, play some music, and fire up the grill. You could even consider having skate rentals available. 

Make it an adults-only, so the kids aren’t taking over the rink. Or try the opposite; let the kids enjoy the rink while the adults watch from the side. 

You can also imagine skating with your love watching the sunset on a beautiful summer evening. Just skate slowly around the rink while you watch the sunset—just the two of you enjoying some time together. 

Have a dinner date. Bring a table and chairs out to your rink and have a romantic dinner. Or have a picnic lunch and then enjoy skating with one another after, just the two of you.

Have the hockey team over for a mid-summer party! The team will love the chance to skate together during the summer.

It has to be mentioned that ice skating during the warm summer weather is just fun! It is a unique experience because, typically, skating is enjoyed in the winter. Skating in warm weather is new for many, and so it is enjoyable and creates fantastic memories. 

If you have kids, have a game night on the rink. There are plenty of ice skating games you can play on the rink. 

  • Play red light green light; a classic game of stop and go
  • Tag: Always a favorite, and sure to wear them out for a good night’s summer sleep!
  • Make an obstacle course and let them help in the creation 
  • Play a game of freeze, but do it to music
  • Of course, you can play a scrimmage game of hockey

The wonderful thing is that all of this can occur right on your property. Your backyard, basement, garage, front yard, or wherever you have space is ideal for your ice skating rink. If you are an advanced skater, you can even offer skating lessons to the neighbor kids. 

Or host a summer skating camp for skaters if you are a coach. If not, you can hire a coach or advanced skater to offer summer skating lessons. Your child and their skating friends will get a kick out of taking ice skating lessons during summer.

Give Your Child a Boost All Year Long

A child in hockey gear posing with a hockey stick.

If your child is ice skating during the summer frequently, they are sure to have a boost in their ice sport skills. Having their synthetic ice rink means they can practice daily, and most likely, they will want to! 

It is convenient and, most importantly, fun for them to have their own rink! It also boosts their confidence while improving their skating skills. Having a home rink keeps them physically fit all year long, both in strength and endurance. 

Skating during the summer prepares them for the season. They will be ready to compete when it’s time to take the ice at the local ice arena come fall. The skater will likely be a step ahead had they not had the opportunity to practice all summer long. 

Figure skaters also can significantly benefit from a rink they can practice on all year round. They can practice their routines in the summer and their skills, so they are also ready once skating season begins. It’s much easier than paying for rink time or waiting for time to be available at an indoor ice skating rink. 

It’s not easy to wait for available ice time at an indoor rink, even during the summer. Having a rink at home is an excellent option for all skaters. 

You don’t need to worry about travel time and long waits when your rink is in the basement. And you don’t have to worry about paying expensive fees at an indoor rink, either. 

During the summer especially you want to enjoy more time at home and spend time enjoying the weather. Spending time at an indoor rink takes away home. It’s much more convenient to have your rink at home for your skater to practice at any time they choose. 

Get More Information On a Synthetic Rink For Ice Skating This Summer

A group of people in orange and blue skates ice skating during summer on synthetic ice.

KwikRink has the perfect ice skating rink system for your family to enjoy this summer. Our artificial rinks are used by both competitive skaters and recreational skaters alike. We can help you determine the proper customization for your rink. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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Choosing the Best Synthetic Ice

Posted by Brett
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Putting in a rink is a fun and exciting process that can take your winter sports game to the next level. For over 20 years, we have placed synthetic ice rinks in homes, practice arenas, and other venues. We believe using the best synthetic ice around will guarantee full use of your rink for years to come.

A synthetic ice rink is an excellent addition to any home with athletes who love winter sports. They can fit into most spaces, whether in a driveway, basement, or an NHL practice facility. Having your home rink can save time and money in the long run. 

Booking ice time can be difficult and expensive for athletes and families. Ice time isn’t when you want it to be, but when the rink is available. You may also pay extra if you’re going to have time on your own without having to navigate fellow skaters.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice hopes to provide winter sports enthusiasts with a rink that skates as close to natural ice as possible. Be sure to visit our site today for a free quote! We service nationwide, and we look forward to working with you. 

father with child teaching how to play hockey on synthetic ice

Your Rink Your Way 

Before giving a quote, you must set expectations for your rink. These are often points we discuss when planning a rink with our clients. 

Who will use the rink?

Is this rink for a serious athlete, or is it for the family to have some serious fun? The number of skaters who will use the rink is also something to consider as it affects the rink’s size and where you place it. 

The ability of those using the rink may also be something to consider when planning. 

Where will your rink go?

One of the reasons we love our rinks is they fit just about anywhere. We have installed single lanes to practice skating fundamentals. We have also built them to cover both basement and arena floors. 

The location of your rink isn’t something that has to be permanent. Our synthetic ice comes in panels that fit together like puzzle pieces. You can move the panels easily and adjust the size by adding or removing pieces.

Mobility is an excellent feature because your rink can change when your needs for it do. The panels can also be stored if needed. 

Bells and Whistles

Personalization is one of the most fun parts of the designing process. Any of our rinks can be tricked out to your specification. 

  • Shooting traps 
  • Netting and plexiglass
  • Training aids 
  • Colored markings 
  • Dasher boards
  • Goals and nets 

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The Best Synthetic Ice 

Since the 1990s, we have significantly upgraded our ice panels four different times. We’ve also made many minor changes to our panels over the years. We see it as our duty to change with technology to deliver the best synthetic ice possible.

Through the decades, we have seen companies build synthetic ice that doesn’t grow with technology. These panels are too hard, meaning the skates can’t dig in, or too soft to the point where skaters can only move straight.

These panels can’t compare to actual ice and do not give customers an ideal skating experience.

Our top product is about 90% of the speed of real ice. This means it can be dug into without being too soft and can withstand hockey stops and jumps from figure skaters.

Each panel is 4×8 feet and made of lubricated plastic, designed to be low maintenance. The upkeep is as simple as sweeping dirt from the rink and occasionally gently mopping it. 

In addition to the ease of installation, the low maintenance nature of our panels makes us stand out in our industry. Our panels come in different sizes and can last a decade of skating with proper care.

Regular maintenance doesn’t stop at sweeping and cleaning. Proper skate sharpening contributes to the authentic feel of our ice. Having skates that are kept sharp also encourages care for your equipment no matter your sport or season.

In a recent blog, we speak about how important the quality of ice can be for hockey players as they play and practice. Information in this post applies to anyone who skates on real or synthetic ice. 

Our ice’s very high molecular weight supports skating over time and will help maintain a great surface. Our panels’ lubrication offers push and the friction necessary to recreate a real ice skating experience.

We want to give our customers a skate that feels as real as possible with little upkeep, no Zamboni needed. We know everyone loves to watch a Zamboni, but they aren’t always practical.

Using the best materials available and changing as technology advances makes our synthetic ice panels great for personal and professional rinks alike. 

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Make it Personal 

No matter your skill set or space available, we have a rink for you. We happily serve customers worldwide, bringing them a personal skating experience contributing to both physical and emotional health wellbeing.

According to NeuroRuber, an online health publication, ice skating can boost moods and relax those who lace-up. We want to be a part of the experience for our clients, no matter their ability or location.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice has had the honor of serving clients worldwide and has installed rinks everywhere from driveways to cruise ships. Each rink is unique to its owner and brings joy, exercise, and the very best synthetic ice product on the market.

We invite you to visit our site today to get ideas for your rink and get a free quote. There are several pictures of rinks we have built you can glean ideas from to make your rink the best it can be!

We look forward to working with you to build a rink guaranteed to provide memories and fun for your family. 

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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Blurred abstract defocus background of people indoor ice skating in modern shopping mall, at Christmas holiday.

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. 

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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.