Synthetic Ice Rink by KwikRink in a Garage

One of the most daunting challenges of winter sports is having a place to practice. And with the current pandemic, there are capacity restrictions for many public facilities if they aren’t closed completely. You can’t ski just anywhere. There’s no luge run in your neighborhood. Skating on a frozen pond can be risky.  

But what if the ice rink could come to you? That is what KwikRink Synthetic Ice® for the garage is all about. With our residential synthetic ice rink products, you can set up a skating surface right where you live.  

You likely have many possible locations for a synthetic ice rink in or around your home. Of course, a backyard can be a great place to set up a large rink, but it takes more of a permanent commitment because it requires leveling the ground and building a supporting structure.  

A flat section of your driveway can work for a small rink if you can spare the space. Or you can set up a rink on your backyard patio if you don’t mind moving your deck chairs and barbecue grill out of the way.

If you don’t want bad weather to spoil your fun, an unfinished basement may be a good choice for an indoor rink.  If the floor is flat, you can lay synthetic ice tiles right on the concrete. For a permanent installation, you can build a room just for skating. But if any of these options won’t work for you, your garage may be the best solution.

Our Lock-Rink system of either 4′x4′ or 4′×8′ self-lubricating plastic ice panels can turn the concrete floor of your garage into a great little practice rink for the aspiring figure skater or hockey goalie in your household. Contact us for a free quote to get started.

Synthetic Ice in the Garage?

KwikRink synthetic ice in garage

Yes. Your garage! Even a small area can become a suitable hockey training facility or place to practice figure skating basics. Members of the Derlago hockey family turn their garage into a mini ice rink every winter. But you don’t need a frigid Canadian winter to create a synthetic ice skating area in your garage. Here are just some of the benefits.

Whatever the Weather

Someone wearing orange ice skates ice skating

Your garage offers protection from harsh weather conditions.  In winter, you won’t be scraping snow off the rink or enduring bone-chilling winds. And because you can skate during all four seasons on our synthetic ice, you’ll be protected from the summer sun, too.

Plus, you can control the temperature. You can keep your garage either toasty or cool with space heaters or fans. The slippery surface of the synthetic ice won’t be affected. You can comfortably hit the ice day or night, regardless of the outdoor temperature.

No Water, No Problem

Because your garage rink doesn’t need ice, you won’t have to hose it down and wait for it to freeze with the garage door open. The rink is ready to go whenever you lace up your skates. And our synthetic ice surface has about 90% of the glide of real ice. So you’ll never miss the water.

Easy Assembly

A level, concrete garage floor makes a great base.  You won’t need any additional supporting structure for a smooth, flat skating surface. Our easy-to-assemble ice panels fit together like a puzzle directly on the concrete. Less assembly time means more ice time. And you can take it apart just as quickly. 

Park it Here

A garage rink made with KwikRink synthetic ice is a great way to make the most of limited space. You don’t have to kick your car to the curb permanently. When you hang up your skates, you can disassemble the rink. Or you can park your vehicle right on the durable 3/8″ surface. It’s tough enough to take repeated hockey stops as well as the weight of an SUV. Low-maintenance KwikRink home products have a lifespan of 7 to 12 years.

Trick it Out

synthetic ice flooring built into a spare room

Your garage rink can be more than just a slippery surface.  We can add permanent face-off dots, goalie creases, lines, and circles. And you can always flip it over to use the unmarked side. We can help you further customize your rink with dasher boards, protective netting, blade sharpeners, and more.

Nothing Is Permanent Except Change

Because a garage rink does not have to be attached to the walls or the concrete floor, you can quickly uninstall it without leaving a trace. That makes it an excellent option if you rent your home or plan to move in the future.

Peace of Mind

With a garage rink, you’ll know your family is safe at home.  Your kids can practice or play just steps away. And public health experts say that with the COVID-19 pandemic, skill-building at home can be safer than practicing with a team.

Why KwikRink?

KwikRink Synthetic Ice has lead the industry since the mid-1990s. Professional athletes, training facilities, and recreation centers have come to rely on KwikRink for the most realistic artificial ice surface available. You can perform hockey stops or any other maneuvers on our synthetic ice that you can do on natural ice. And if you can put together a jigsaw puzzle, you can set up or tear down our ice panels with ease. You can even start small and add additional panels later.

Find Out if a Garage Rink is Right for You

Rochester ice rink in garage

KwikRink can help you plan your garage synthetic ice rink made with our KwikRink V Home synthetic ice panels. We’ll help plan the space for maximum safety and fun. Just measure your garage’s interior, take a few snapshots, and contact us through our website. We’ll put together a quote and help you get your family skating in your garage in no time!

An ice hockey goalie protecting the net.

Are you an aspiring Stanley Cup winner? Or are you an ice hockey parent who has a young hockey star? Either way, you know how crucial it is to practice your skills. The goalie is critical to his or her team’s overall success. We want to help them continue their practice outside of the rink with the best synthetic ice for goalies. 

If you have space to spare in your basement, attic, garage, backyard, or pole barn, KwikRink has synthetic ice for all flat surfaces. You provide a flat surface, and we will help your goalie achieve their dreams!

What is Synthetic Ice?

KwikRink offers the best synthetic ice for goalies

Synthetic ice is made from large sheets of polyethylene plastic. The plastic sheets are then cut to standard tile sizes and custom edges for easy assembly. 

Our tiles feature a “puzzle-piece” assembly system that allows you to interlock the pieces in place (no tools necessary). Our proprietary locking synthetic ice will provide you with a virtually seamless practicing surface.

You will have your at-home hockey training area set-up in no time.    

Will it Skate the Same as Real Ice?

Kids playing hockey on synthetic ice

The only thing that will skate exactly the same as natural ice is real ice. It would be great if everyone could afford an ice rink and a Zamboni to maintain it.

Since that isn’t realistic, our high-quality synthetic ice provides 90% or more of the natural glide achieved on real ice. There are a few tips to achieve the most authentic “real ice” feel. 

Sharpen your skates: As long as you have sharp skates, you will be able to do everything you can do on natural ice. 

Quality products: We provide high-quality, self-lubricating synthetic ice. Our materials are dense and will stand up to years of skating and goaltending. High-quality materials offer the most “like ice” feel. 

Care for your ice: although our ice is self-lubricating, a small amount of maintenance goes a long way. 

These three tips will help your goalie feel right at home on KwikRink’s synthetic ice.

What is the Maintenance for Synthetic Ice?

Maintenance for synthetic ice is pretty straight forward. You will want to sweep the ice with a stiff brush broom before and after each use, especially if the rink is outside. 

Sweeping will help remove any dust or debris that can dull the skates. You can also clean the ice with a mild cleanser and a cloth.   

How does it feel sliding with your pads?

A goalie sliding on his pads on the ice

There will be a little more resistance from the synthetic ice on the large surface area of the pads. However, the resistance of the artificial ice magnifies any inefficiencies that may go unnoticed in the rink

The slight resistance that the synthetic ice provides will also help strengthen the muscles for lateral slides.

The Goalie Crease gets Marked up; what about on Synthetic Ice?

Just like ice, synthetic ice will mark up eventually with continual use. However, many find this does not affect the synthetic ice’s performance.    

What is the Best Synthetic Ice for Goalies?

A child ice hockey goalie

KwikRink offers KwikRink V Home and KwikRink V Pro options of synthetic ice.

The best synthetic ice for goalies is the KwikRink V Pro version. This artificial ice has a life span of 12-15 years with proper maintenance. 

The KwikRink V Pro is the best for goalies because they tend to practice in one spot on the rink and move around less than other skaters. With a less durable synthetic ice, it will wear down more quickly than the KwikRink V Pro.

Goalie Training on Synthetic Ice

A hockey net on ice

Now you know what synthetic ice is, how it stacks up to real ice, and the best synthetic ice for goalies, what does training look like?

When it comes to ice hockey, we know how crucial dryland training and strength building is. Conditioning and training not only help you improve as a player but prevent injuries while on the ice. 

The next step to further your goalie’s training is synthetic ice. Even if you don’t have much space to work with, your goalie can work on their skill sets. Synthetic ice will help with: 

  • Help improve their tracking and moving shuffles
  • They can work their angles 
  • Easily practice body rotations
  • Practice and strengthen their lateral slides 
  • Work their stick and pad blocking
  • Focus on C-cuts 

What are the benefits?

Curved edges of The Hockey Headquarters synthetic ice rink

Synthetic ice makes training easy and accessible. There’s no more renting out the ice rink. Your goalie will be able to improve and hone their skills in the comfort of their own home. 

Having an at-home skate rink takes out the pressure of getting everything figured out during practice. You or your child (if you’re an ice hockey parent) will be able to work on movements and decision-making in your environment.

The resistance of the synthetic ice allows you to focus on your movements and mechanics. It helps you become a stronger and more efficient player. 

Synthetic ice will help your goalie magnify and pinpoint any inefficiencies and overcome them. KwikRink’s synthetic ice allows you to help your child practice with intention.

If you’re a seasoned goalie working on perfecting your craft or a parent of a goalie with big aspirations, KwikRink is here to make dreams come true. 

Contact us when you’re ready to set up your in-home training area and take your goalie game to the next level.