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Outdoor synthetic ice rink

Perhaps you love to ice skate, or you are just a weekend hockey player. Maybe you used to play hockey but couldn’t fit getting down to the rink into your schedule.

Maybe your child wants to take up figure skating or ice hockey, and they need a place to practice. Do you have a secret love for curling, and are preparing for your Olympic debut? Or perhaps your child is already an accomplished skater and is trying to compete at a higher level.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to an ice rink close to your home and all-year-round?

That’s not an impossible dream anymore. With advances in technology, you can now install synthetic ice anywhere, indoors or out, in any weather climate. At KwikRink Synthetic Ice®, this is our business.

We can bring a fun, safe, and affordable year-round ice rink to your home, school, or business.

Here are seven reasons why synthetic ice is so cool.

1. You Can Install it Anywhere

Synthetic ice is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) an oil polymer that is slick, similar to ice, that gets extruded into sheets or panels with interlocking edges.

You can install it like puzzle pieces into existing areas and cut it to fit as needed. You can quickly turn your backyard, driveway, or basement into a small rink area to practice, install it over a larger amount of square footage for a half-size or even full-size rink.

2. It Doesn’t Melt

Made with high-density polyethylene, and not water, synthetic ice doesn’t need to stay frozen. You don’t have the excessive cooling costs associated with a traditional ice rink. It’s also self-lubricating, so it remains slippery.

You can keep your basement at average home temperature, and skate without an issue. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the heat of summer, you can get your ice skating practice done with a synthetic ice rink.

If you’re installing your synthetic ice outdoors, you’ll be pleased to know that it is UV coated to protect the surface from damage from the sun. It’s okay if your synthetic ice gets rained on; you’ll want to clean it of any debris before using.

Best of all, you don’t need a Zamboni to maintain it. Just a broom and a mop.

3. You Can Put It Down and Take It Up

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Synthetic ice isn’t a permanent installation. Since it snaps together with edge-locking grooves, you can install it for a while and then pick it up if you need to use the space for another purpose.

Garages make perfect places for home-based synthetic ice rinks since they are large and flat. If you need to host a family reunion or use the space for another purpose, you can lift the synthetic ice panels and store them to use again later.

4. It’s Close to Real Ice But Gives You a Better Workout

High-quality synthetic ice such as KwikRink is made with silicone additives to decrease the friction and get as close in feel to actual ice. Synthetic ice isn’t as slick and frictionless as water-based ice, but it’s quite close, within about 10-15% of the friction of real ice.

That means you have to work a bit harder to propel yourself across the synthetic ice.

Much like trainers attach weights to swimmers’ legs and arms or have runners run through sand and snow, the extra friction of synthetic ice means that if you train on it, you’ll build up additional strength and speed. When you return to actual ice, you’ll be even faster and perform better, thanks to your synthetic ice training.

5. Customizable and Easy to Install

You can order the number of synthetic ice sheets you need to fit the space you are installing them. Synthetic ice comes in various sizes so you can customize it for your unique space. You don’t need to pay for extra materials, only the ones you use.

Since synthetic ice snaps together like puzzle pieces, you don’t need expensive installation equipment or tools to get your customized ice rink. All you need is a rubber mallet to tap the pieces together securely.

You can also order edge guards and add goalie creases, face-off dots, and lines as you prefer.  

6. Long-Lasting and Durable

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Top quality synthetic ice like KwikRink will last up to 10 years with minimal maintenance. You can practice for countless hours and many years with a single investment. You can even travel with your synthetic ice panels. Load them up in your van and install them on site for an ice-skating party or vacation.

7. Puck and Stick Handling Practice

You don’t need a full-size rink to practice your shooting and stick handling. A 10’ x 10’ area is enough to practice critical skills to up your game. You can practice these skills in your tennis shoes and back yard, but then you’re building muscle memory without your skates, and the puck handling isn’t nearly the same.

When you practice on a synthetic ice installation, you get a very close approximation of how the puck moves across the ice. You can practice passing, cradling, dribbling, and shooting with realistic ice-feel and from the height of your skates, which makes for better transfer of practice skills to the actual rink situations.

Contact KwikRink to Install Synthetic Ice for your Location

Not all synthetic ice is made the same. Lesser quality synthetic ice has a lot more friction and your skates, nor the puck will glide properly. It can also dull your blades and even leave plastic shavings you have to clean up.

Cheaper synthetic ice will only last a few years and not provide the smooth slick ice feel you want. You want the synthetic ice you install to provide the quality, durability, and glide you need.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is located in Maple Grove, MN, and we are proud to have installed synthetic ice rinks in many locations here at home. You can find KwikRink installations around the world in five continents.

We are a pioneer in developing synthetic ice, and we’ve been in the business since the mid-1990s. We are continually reinventing our product to make it even better, and we’ve just introduced our fifth generation product, which provides unsurpassed glide and reduced drag.

Give us a call at (888) 275-2345 or fill out our rink configuration form to get started. We stand by our product and have a customer satisfaction guarantee.

residential synthetic ice holiday sale

Expect big savings, as KwikRink is offering a synthetic ice holiday sale! This is currently active, and will continue to be active while supplies last. The biggest savings will be to our residential clients.

We still are the leader in custom synthetic ice rink applications, while offering all commercial accessories to complete your synthetic ice rink. Find out what type of savings to expect, why you should choose KwikRink, and how to get started creating  your own home ice advantage!

Synthetic Ice Holiday Sale

Currently, we are offering a $36 discount per panel on our 3/8″ thick surface, which is what the majority of residential synthetic ice applications use! This attributes to huge savings, and grows as the orders become bigger! We are also offering a $23 discount per panel on our heavy duty 1/2″ thick surface. Get a quote now!

Why KwikRink Synthetic Ice?

Not only are we the Pioneers of the industry – introducing synthetic ice to the hockey market over 20 years ago, but we also provide the best synthetic ice surfaces in the industry. We always strive to make ourselves available to answer questions, and take a very hands-on approach with our clients. There is nothing more that we want than a happy client!

Home Ice Advantage

Now is the time to create your own home ice advantage with KwikRink Synthetic Ice. Find ideas and inspiration for your new home synthetic ice rink by checking out our website gallery and Facebook page.

We have helped thousands of clients design their home synthetic ice rink applications from scratch. This includes all components, like: custom synthetic ice, markings, dasher boards, netting containment, shooting tarps, etc.

As rink design consultants, we make this process as simple and straight forward as possible. Nearly any space with a hard and flat surface can become your own “Home Ice Advantage!”

 

 

Residential synthetic ice rink with obstacles

Are support beams or other obstacles stopping you from adding synthetic ice to your home or commercial space? it shouldn’t! We work with several clients that are hesitant to add synthetic ice due to support beams, “jut-outs”, or odd shaped exterior dimensions, in their potential space. At KwikRink, we have the capabilities to custom cut your synthetic ice rink to exact specifications. As a wise man once said, there is always a way! Often times, we find that these obstacles work as training aids, creating better hands and agility.

Support Beams

With proper on-site dimensions, we can have our expert programmers devise a CAD tailored to your space. When working with support beams, it helps to work off of two adjacent walls to nail down exactly where the support pole(s) line up. The goal is to always have the supports lineup on the seam of the synthetic ice panels. This allows the client to make a nice and neat cut around the support pole, without wasting excess material.

Spaces with “jut-outs”

In any scenario where a room has portions that “jut-out”, have no fear, as there are easy ways to work around these obstacles, as well. Any small obstacle like this is best dealt with on-site for the tidiest cut possible. If necessary, we will also line this up on a seam of two connecting panels, but often times we do not need to do this. We recommend using a skilsaw with a 24 tooth blade for cutting around the obstacle. The synthetic ice will cut like butter – no problem!

Odd Shaped Rooms (Exterior)

This has been discussed in other blog posts, and you can click here for more information. When filling a hard room in wall-to-wall, it is quite rare to find that some amount of customization is not needed. Our machines are very precise and can save you a lot of money in a custom space. We can send you your rink with precision cuts to the exact specifications of your room. All you will need to do is simply connect the panels, like a giant puzzle! Most home synthetic ice rinks can be installed in 20-30 minutes depending upon the amount of on-site cutting involved.

Don’t let on-site obstacles stop you from your dream synthetic ice space. These types of obstacles are common, and can potentially be seen as a plus rather than a negative!

 

 

 

Synthetic Ice Layout

Synthetic ice layouts are extremely important, as each client has different needs. We will touch on “panel loss” vs exact customization in this article post. Regardless if you digest the below information or not, KwikRink Synthetic Ice is here to determine the best route for the client with their goals and budget in mind.

KwikRink’s standard synthetic ice sheet has exterior dimensions of 95″ x 48″ (#1 cut), typically yielding 94″ x 47″. This is by design, so that the panels can be connected every which way. Because they are so close to 8′ x 4′, we go by these increments for simplicity, and many of the quote inquiries we get, also follow this guideline. The dovetail pattern is 1″ deep, and when connected, this causes the loss of 1″ every 4′ of connection. This is called “Panel Loss” or “PL” for short. If i am losing you here, it will be simplified below…

Examples using all #1 cuts:

40′ x 20′ PL = 39’3″ x 19’8″ (25 Panels)

32′ x 16′ PL = 31’5″ x 15’9″ (16 Panels)

24′ x 12′ PL = 23’7 x 11’10” (9 Panels)

Why #1 cuts? 

Using the default cut panels is the best bang for your buck when it comes to choosing a synthetic ice rink layout. You will have no charges for custom cutting, no excess scrap, and be able to rotate all panels in your synthetic ice rink to expand the lifespan. Anything that is custom cut is often locked into that specific spot on the rink. #1 cuts can be used for synthetic ice rinks that do not need to fill in an exact space (think wall to wall – inside). Outdoor rinks and open areas work the best.

When is Custom cutting is needed?

For commercial or residential synthetic ice rinks that need EXACT dimensions, often times custom cutting is required, as the #1 cuts natural dimensions will not get you there. KwikRink specializes in custom cut synthetic ice solutions. It is also necessary with custom markings (lines, creases, circles, dots, etc).

When we say Exact, what do we mean?

We truly mean exact. If your space is 24’6 1/2″ x 15’3 1/4″, KwikRink can do it with world-class precision machining. Often times, residential basements that are interested in adding synthetic ice for home training have pole supports to work around in the area. We can design a layout with custom cut panels, so that the seams of a panel line up at the pole. This allows for the easiest cut around the pole.

In conclusion…

When it is not necessary to have exact dimensions, “panel loss” is the way to go. This will get you to 8′ x 4′ multiples minus a few inches each way, depending upon how big the rink is. Exact is they way to go when…well you need exact dimensions to fit into a hard space. Get your quote today!

 

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September

10 Dream Home Rinks

Posted by KwikRink

Hockey nuts will love what this article has to offer. At KwikRink we have serviced several private residences with their own home ice advantage. Generally, the client installs a home rink for their kids (or themselves) to have fun and train for hockey. Others will dedicate an area in the house for shooting pucks in between periods of the game. Some do it, simply because they can, and they love hockey. Below are 10 ideas for your dream home rink. “If you build it, they will come” rings true. You wont be able to get the kids off of this (or their teammates), so I would recommend investing in convenient feeding strategies like the pizza oven offers. The best perk for parents is that the home rink acts as a babysitter, so mom can get a little more of that “me” time she deserves. Some supervision may be required for when the games get a little heated. We have yet to hear of any bench clearing brawls, however.

 

Basement Overlook Rink

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This Indoor Basement rink is actually a level lower than the rest of the basement. It features a plexiglass protected overlook viewing area equipped with a ledge, and bar stools for the parents. How about some ice cold beverages and hockey?

Pole Barn Rink

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This hockey family put a home rink in an added on pole barn. Roughly 50′ x 25′ area allows some fun and fast paced games. The high ceiling is an ideal setup for flying pucks!

Backyard Rink

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This 32′ x 16′ back yard rink is one of our favorites. There is nothing like skating in the middle of July surrounded by woods, is there? I can envision some backyard hockey tournaments complete with a family BBQ. Maybe even some fireworks, as the teams enter!

Garage Stall Rink

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If you have one garage stall to spare, this 18′ x 10′ size area could become a nice little home rink for you. This rink has enough size to improve stick-handling, shooting, and skating agility. Check out our blog on small area games if you aren’t buying it.

Under Garage Rink

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An under garage space with odd dimensions, and cut outs, turns into a game-ready indoor rink. This one has an off camera penalty box, and mom is the referee.

Upstate NY Outdoor Rink

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Ignore last nights rain on this one. Let’s just say the Zamboni driver had a few too many, and didn’t resurface properly. This 40′ x 20′ outdoor rink with markings and boards is really something to admire.

Ex-storage Room Rink

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Another 18′ x 10′ size rink with a view from the locker room, fully equipped with rubber matting for changing into skates. This rink offers a crisp and clean look, completed by the NHL style dasher board system.

Ex-Playroom Rink

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How about a playroom that the kids will never grow out of? This family dedicated a portion of their home for this, roughly, 34′ x 13′ size rink. I would look for these kids in the 2030 NHL draft.

Minnesota Wild themed Rink

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Building a home rink is all about getting creative and having fun with it. This rink was certainly fun to install. A really nice sized 20′ x 13′ rink equipped with a shooting tarp, and NHL player Fatheads, bringing this one to life. What team do you root for?

Castle Rink

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Okay, so this actually isn’t beside a real castle, but it sure looks like one, and provides a really cool home rink. Beware of flying pucks above to the king and queen of this castle.

The above pictures just show some of the ideas out there that have been done. These home rinks certainly require some dedication, and most likely some passion for the game of hockey. Having a home rink allows unlimited ice time and fun. If you get creative enough, you can probably do something like this at your home, and the hockey players of the house will surely be happy. The first step is to find an available space around the home, and then send in an inquiry for a quote, and free design ideas. KwikRink are the experts in the synthetic ice industry, and have been designing layouts for home rinks and training centers around the world for the last 20 years.

 

Are you contemplating the idea of a commercial or residential rink? KwikRink is here to help you design a rink that will meet the goals you have for it. We share the same concepts as you when it comes to hockey training. We want you to improve, while having a great time. Below, is a step-by-step process resulting in unlimited ice time and fun.

1. find an available space, indoors or outdoors, that can be dedicated as your home or commercial rink. The best areas include, a hard flat surface (wood or concrete), high ceilings, and 2:1 ratios.

2. What is the purpose of your rink – Is it to train a goaltender? To practice stick handling and shooting for skaters? Do you want to be able to play 3 on 3 games? These questions will determine the size and layout of the rink.

3. Measure the available space. What are the dimensions? Take measurements, and get your quote request into KwikRink. We specialize in providing a proper layout with the clients rink purpose in mind.

4. Sit back and wait for KwikRink to contact you. We will request pictures of the area, design a mindful layout, and send a specific quote for the project. KwikRink can always be added onto down the road. We can offer you a “Cadillac” package with all the bells and whistles, as well as a budget proposal with only the core necessities.

5. Decide how you want to complete the project, and buy KwikRink! #DontSuckAtHockey

Following these steps will surely put you on your way to unlimited ice time. KwikRink synthetic ice offers unmatched performance in the industry, and expert design services no one else does. We innovate our own formulas with our team of chemists, creating the elite alternative ice skating surfaces in the industry. Act now, before your competitors do!

RINK DESIGN

Back in 1996, KwikRink was the first company to bring synthetic ice to the hockey market. Now in 2016, the industry is saturated with several companies trying to claim a portion of this thriving market. There are really only a handful of companies out there that pay enough attention to detail to deserve your attention as a consumer.

Purchasing synthetic ice is an investment. Like buying a car, you should put in the time and effort to make sure you are spending that hard-earned paycheck wisely. It is important that it delivers the results you are looking for. Many companies today offer a click and buy approach. Synthetic Ice is not meant to be a click and buy the product. Would you buy a vehicle online without talking to a dealer? I am guessing no. there is too many details to cover to not talk to a live person. When you call KwikRink, you will get Don (President) or Brett (Operations Executive) on the phone. No salespeople.

At KwikRink, we prefer to speak with you on the phone about your application. We have 20 years of experience designing both residential synthetic ice applications and commercial synthetic ice applications. Using the dimensions of the area, we can design the blueprint for an ideal use of the space with the potential clients criteria in mind. We can install the application for these clients, or offer on-site supervision. many of our residential clients will have their home builder install the rink, in which case, we work directly with the builder to make sure the job is done correctly. In commercial applications, a lot of the same variables hold true. Most commercial applications or training centers share a common goal. That common goal is to have a very high return on investment. If you have ever seen a home remodeling show, it does matter where all the parts fall. Our specialty is making sure that they fall in the right place.

KwikRink offers more than just a product to its consumers. We offer education and design as the expert consultants of the industry. Available areas vary widely when it comes to synthetic ice applications. The most important element is the utilization of the available area in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

ICE RINKS

Some of us don’t have a rink nearby. Some of us live in warmer climates, where the only available ice time is at a booked ice rink. Even the cooler climates aren’t having the usual cold weather that supports outdoor ice. Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 rinks for all of its outdoor ice venues available. This past winter was awful for outdoor ice. More and more people are starting to look at an alternative solution to unlimited ice time. It is time to install a residential synthetic ice rink in your home and create an unparalleled home ice advantage for your hockey players.

Where? Indoor or outdoor? Basements, garages, and backyards are all plausible areas for home ice advantage. Many people get very creative in answering this question. I have had a client transform what was supposed to be a home movie theater into their own home ice advantage. I have seen a bedroom turned hockey rink, 3rd stall garage, and even an attic. The most important aspect is that the floor space is hard and flat (concrete or wood).

What size is enough for my hockey players to have fun and improve their skills? Ideally, you would shoot for a 2:1 ratio in length to width. Often times, this is not possible with available space indoors. Small kids can get a way with a 12′ x 8′ size rink, which fulfills our minimum order requirement. We recently installed two home rinks that came to roughly 18′ x 10′ dimensions. This is a solid size to use as a shooting lane, improve quickness, and hand skills. I have had clients add on to their garages and go quite big in size (50′ x 25′).

With skill development and fun in mind, a lot of our residential rinks share a common theme. You’ll often see a shooting tarp on one or both ends. Dasher boards on the side walls will protect the walls and bring authenticity to your home rink. We offer design ideas and installations. Every application is different and should be treated as such. Customization is essential when it comes to creating your own home ice advantage.