indoor home ice rink in a garage or basement with synthetic ice

When it comes to indoor artificial ice rinks, most people think they could never afford such a luxury. Perhaps it would work in a professional setting, but a residential space? It doesn’t seem possible. 

Think again. Enter KwikRink Synthetic Ice! 

It turns out that indoor artificial ice is actually THE next big thing in ice sports. Let KwikRink Synthetic Ice help bring those indoor ice rink dreams back faster than Wayne Gretzky’s slapshot. Don’t miss out on such an amazing solution for your home or business. 

From Tucson to Two Harbors, you can install a KwikRink synthetic ice rink in any location, inside or out! Kwik Rink’s high-quality, artificial ice rinks will fit into any residential or commercial space.

Looking to remodel your unfinished basement, redo a three- or four-season porch, or even outfit your company’s empty warehouse? Let KwikRink Synthetic Ice help! 

Our rinks are custom-sized to your individual spacing needs. Their patented interlocking panels can be cut to accommodate any area, small or large. To see if a KwikRink indoor ice rink can be installed in your home or business, contact them for a free estimate!

home indoor ice rink in basement with stone walls and a father and child playing hockey

Benefits of Artificial Ice

Did you know that by installing an indoor artificial ice rink in your home, you can help your wallet and reduce your carbon footprint? It’s true! 

Real ice is complex and expensive to maintain. It also requires the proper temperature. Even cold climates don’t stay below freezing year-round. 

That, in turn, usually translates into your purchasing highly sought after ice time. Thoughts of having real ice in a warmer climate melt faster than the ice itself.

In addition, even if you live in a colder climate, costly refrigeration systems are needed to keep ice in a solid-state indoors. Even a small-sized indoor rink can cost upwards of $5,000 for proper HVAC, which explains why local ice rinks charge such high prices. 

Why pay for exorbitant prices at your local rink for ice time, when you could be the one charging others to pay for your indoor “ice” time! With a KwikRink indoor ice rink installed in your home or business, you are the one in charge. 

Compared to real ice, maintenance and upkeep costs of artificial ice are virtually zero. With just a few sprays of lubricant, your KwikRink is as good as new. Real ice wastes upwards of 12,000 gallons of water for a full-size rink. That’s the amount of water an average family of 4 uses per month

Our highly specialized materials require very little maintenance: no new material waste, water waste, or wallet pain. Synthetic indoor ice is another tool you can use to combat climate change. 

Our indoor rinks are cost-effective and are making your skating dreams into reality. No project is too challenging for our installation pros. Check out some residential spaces we have developed here. 

indoor ice rink in a home with yellow walls and a goalie target

How Does Synthetic Ice Compare to Real Ice? 

 

KwikRink Synthetic Ice’s expert design boasts an impressive 90% comparison rate to that of real ice. Start, stop, pass, shoot, and score your way into the best feeling artificial ice. Users of KwikRink happily report ease of glide and maneuvering and precision in all forms of stopping. 

Did we mention you won’t need a Zamboni with KwikRink? That’s right! KwikRink synthetic ice simply needs to be kept clean to keep the “ice” healthy.

We realize most residential homes won’t need a Zamboni, but your real homemade rink won’t repair itself. This translates into more water waste and time spent on unnecessary maintenance. A KwikRink synthetic rink won’t need this extra maintenance. 

Our rinks are also highly durable. Our thinner surface rinks have a 7-10 year lifespan, while our thicker surfaces have well surpassed ten years. Now that’s a guarantee you can take to the net. 

indoor home ice rink in a garage or basement

Why An Indoor KwikRink is Right for Your Home or Business

 

You’ve got the perfect place in mind. You’ve taken the measurements, and you know precisely the type of indoor ice rink you want in your space. You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood. Don’t let this opportunity push you offsides, contact KwikRink today. 

We guarantee all our products. If you aren’t happy with your indoor ice rink for some reason, we will work with you to find a solution. Our rinks are easy to install in any location. 

Our rinks are multi-functional too. They are predominantly used for ice sports but can be used for basketball, boxing, soccer, and tennis, to name a few. 

Also, we can provide your rink with all the accessories you will need. Fully deck out your indoor ice rink with everything from lines and nets, to dasher boards and plexiglass. 

Your rink could have everything a professional rink has. The best part is that you get to blow the whistle!

Our low maintenance and resilient rinks are guaranteed for up to 10 years. They are so durable; you can even park a car on them! We have over 30 years of experience so that you can trust our expertise in regards to all things artificial ice. 

KwikRink proudly serves all 50 states, plus five continents worldwide. Start bringing your artificial indoor ice rink dreams into reality. When the Blue Line meets your bottom line, you know it’s time for a KwikRink Synthetic Ice indoor rink. Give us a call today! 

 

happy family on synthetic ice rink

For a winter sports enthusiast, finding ice to skate on can be a challenge. Rinks can be closed, and rental is often expensive; it would be easier to own your rink. You can do that with synthetic ice panels from KwikRink Synthetic Ice! 

KwikRink Synthetic Ice offers synthetic ice panels worldwide and can place them in most locations. Owning your ice is just one perk of our panels. Of course, we could name a plethora of reasons, but we will detail only four for now. 

Read on to see how great owning your rink can be. Better yet, visit our site or give us a call today to request a free consultation. 

What Offseason?

With synthetic ice panels, you can skate whenever you please

When the offseason happens, athletes run to gyms or training facilities to condition. There is no guarantee for ice time. These obstacles can make it hard to keep up skating fundamentals season to season.

If you happen to live in a warmer climate, ice training and sport can be strictly seasonal. Having synthetic ice extends a season and offers training and conditioning without running a full ice rink. If you don’t own a rink, then you are fully aware of the fee to skate.

Fees for a traditional rink owner include coverage for staff, compressors, building fees, and so much more. If you are just attending a conventional rink to skate, you may incur an hourly fee. That adds up to quite the total over time — especially if you skate often.

Placing synthetic ice panels at your home (or gym!) cancels the offseason, rink fees, and the high cost of operating an ice rink. 

little boy with helmet and other children ice skating on synthetic ice panels

The Possibilities are Endless with Synthetic Ice Panels

You can put our panels anywhere in the world that you would like. 

What makes synthetic ice panels so useful is their true versatility. The panels fit into one another like puzzle pieces. This feature makes them convenient and offers the option of adding to or taking away from the space. 

Our rinks can be installed in a backyard, a basement, or even a commercial space. Our goal is to ensure you the best rink for your needs. Our rinks have been installed in areas as small as a lane in a driveway, and as big as a cruise ship. 

We are a United States-based company that proudly serves our global community. Fellow ice sport enthusiasts are using our panels on five continents across the globe. That’s a lot of skating, fun, and memories!

Low Impact Big Results

Use our panels to be good to your body!  

An added perk to installing a synthetic ice rink is it provides a low impact workout. Skating is powered by gliding, making it an excellent option for those who need one. 

These workouts can be fun and easier on the body. Humana, a trusted insurance company, cites low impact workouts as a better option because of their ease on joints and the body.

Lower impact exercise regularly can aid in weight loss, endurance, and more. Just twenty minutes a day can help strengthen your heart. With results like this, it is not a question of why low impact workouts are raved about. 

Enough cannot be said about how much skating can contribute to your overall well being. Doing something you love without the pressure of driving, sharing ice, or configuring schedules can make for a sincerely enjoyable experience. That is just plain good for your mental health.

happy family ice skating in a line together

Return on Investment 

You can have a product that will last and be used enough to pay for itself. 

Synthetic ice panels are ideal for those who want to invest in their families. The fifth-generation technology used in our panels is guaranteed to last at least a decade. KwikRink Synthetic Ice panels can mean a decade of skating parties, practice, fun, and quality family time.

The 13- time Stanley Cup Champions Toronto Maple Leaves have recently installed our ice panels. They have been established for practice use in the Mastercard Centre. We know that this will be an excellent investment for them. 

You don’t have to be an NHL team to have a rink custom to your training needs and personal style. The ultimate rink is easily made with custom crease lines, face-off dots, and even your own markings. 

If you are into bells and whistles, how about skate sharpeners, shooting traps, or even plexiglass? There are many more customizable options; however, any of them is a great investment in your very own rink that will be enjoyed and used for years to come.

two people wearing ice skates next to an outdoor ice rink

Goal!

No space is too small or too far away to place a rink in. Our panels are built to last, and also a lot of fun. We constantly improve upon our product for your enjoyment, health, and training.

We have been serving the Twin Cities and beyond since the mid-1990s. We have found a lot of uses for our panels and enjoy making them better, stronger, and above all, more fun to use. 

Placing synthetic ice panels in your home is a great investment in your athlete’s skating skills and potential. Whether you are a hockey player, a figure skater, or a speed skater, ice time on demand is invaluable.

Also invaluable are the memories made and the fun to be had. How else would it be possible to have an impromptu family hockey game? Maybe work on that jump when you have the time instead of working your schedule around a rink that may be crowded?

The family budget is also kept by removing hourly fees for skating rinks.

The value is not just in the time that is available but also lies in the ease of set up and cost. KwikRink panels come as puzzle pieces making them simple to set up, change the configuration, or takedown. 

Bringing winter sports into your home is a big decision. We are not blind to that, and we want to make sure that you are informed and all your questions answered. Please visit KwikRink Synthetic Ice online or call today for your free consultation. 

 

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June

Synthetic Ice Maintenance

Posted by Brett

 

For home or commercial synthetic ice rink owners, synthetic ice maintenance is, thankfully, easy and inexpensive. A low maintenance product is one of the top benefits of owning and enjoying synthetic ice. Owning and maintaining a synthetic ice rink is much easier than you may imagine.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is a one-stop-shop for a comprehensive rink set-up in any size space. With a synthetic ice system from KwikRink, your household figure and hockey skaters can practice uninterrupted, regardless of the state of the world, weather, or your community.

Plus, if you want to launch or continue a community skating program (especially as we all continue to explore getting out into small, public groups again), KwikRink has a rink solution. We provide low overhead and low-maintenance equipment, and high user satisfaction, event enjoyment, and potential revenue streams.

Call us today, and we’ll help you select the ice tiles and accessories to fit your space and your budget wherever you want your rink.

Rink use best practices

Though KwikRink synthetic ice tiles are practically indestructible, easy to assemble, and quick to tear down and store away, we recommend a few best practices to keep your ice as frictionless as possible. You’ll want to maintain the highest quality glide and tile life you can, for years of skating fun and improved skating skills.

  1. Even though you can technically park a car on our ice tiles, we recommend using synthetic ice for ice skating only. If you want to grab some hockey shooting practice in your spare time without fully suiting up, we get it. Make sure to wear non-marking, clean, dust-free sneakers on the ice if you opt-out of skates for a particular drill.
  2. Keep your skates clean and sharp as well for the best skating experience on KwikRink Synthetic Ice. Our tiles feature 90% of real-ice glide, and you’ll maximize that sensation with clean, sharp skates.
  3. Follow the simple assembly and tear-down instructions. A rubber mallet is extremely helpful to snap and lock our ice tiles together. They connect like giant puzzle pieces with an easy press for a seamless rink every time.
  4. Cover your tiles with a tarp or blanket if possible when stored away to cut down on ice-surface dust and dirt build-up.

Maintaining your ice tiles when assembled

Okay, you’ve placed your tiles, locked them together, checked for a dust-free, clean surface, and you’re ready to skate.

Here are a few tips to be quick and efficient about performing the simple maintenance your ice tiles need to deliver top performance.

Always sweep first

  • Replace the Zamboni with a large, soft-cloth push-broom on a rotating pole. You can pick up such a tool at just about any hardware or grocery store in the cleaning section. If you have a large home or commercial rink, you may want to special-order a longer broom to cover more area in fewer passes around the rink.
  • Some Synthetic Ice owners use a shop vac or leaf blower to move dirt and dust into one corner of the rink to sweep or vacuum up at once. This practice also counts as sweeping, or debris removal.

Then, mop thoroughly

Once all the dry dust and dirt have been removed, use a mop with a gentle cleanser to lock in a super-clean finish. A traditional mop with a bucket of warm water and dish soap is just as effective as a more specialized floor cleaner. 

You could also use an automated mop-and-cleaner system with removable mop pads, like a Swiffer Wet Jet(™), or similar product. 

If you go the traditional route with a regular mop and bucket, be sure to change the mop water if you notice it’s getting particularly grungy. You don’t want to apply a bunch of dirt back on the surface you just cleaned, after all!

Once cleaned thoroughly, allow your synthetic ice rink to air-dry. With our products, you won’t need to apply a lubricating product for glide. The tiles maintain their glide as long as they remain clean.

It’s smart to place your maintenance tools (brooms, vacs, and mops) near your rink when setting it up. Get into the habit of cleaning your rink before and after each skate. 

If you’ve swept and mopped thoroughly after each skating session, you’ll likely be ready to glide next time with a quick inspection and dust-off with a broom.

Reminder: cover your tiles when not in use, especially if you set up or store your rink outdoors.

There’s hope for neglected rinks

We’re all human and have full plates, especially when it comes to household and business maintenance, right? If you’ve neglected your rink’s regular cleaning schedule, you can bring the glide back to life with a pressure washer.

As long as the dirt and dust do not penetrate the ice surface, a pressure washer will refresh and prep the ice tiles again for quality skating. 

With proper care and (low) maintenance, your KwikRink Synthetic Ice system can deliver the best all-weather skating experiences for up to 10 years, depending on the product you select.

Select the best in all-weather, indoor and outdoor synthetic ice

At KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we provide a superior synthetic ice product backed up by over 20 years of industry experience. We live and breathe ice skating and work diligently to ensure your satisfaction. 

We continually improve our products so our customers can enjoy practicing the sports they love, providing innovative community programming, growing their revenues, and uniquely entertaining their clients and guests with our ice tile lines.

We’re here to help you get up-and-running with top-quality ice tiles as well as all the accessories you may need. In addition to ice tiles, we offer: 

  • Skates 
  • Skate sharpeners
  • Plexiglass panels
  • Goals and nets
  • Shooting tarps
  • Netting
  • Dasher boards
  • Colored ice markings  

For more answers about how to get KwikRink Synthetic Ice into your home, business, or indoor-outdoor community spaces, contact us today. We’ll glide to your “virtual” side and help you secure the rink you’ve always wanted. 

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!

We currently manufacture our own synthetic ice formulas in the USA. KwikRink V panels are the best self-lubricating skating surface in the industry.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

What is the ideal size for synthetic ice panels? As the saying goes, “the bigger, the better” in most cases. “Bigger” panels certainly have the disadvantage of being less convenient than smaller panels when it comes to shipping and receiving.

From a purely functional standpoint, however, a bigger-sized panel tends to be a much better choice for your synthetic ice rink installation for several reasons.

At KwikRink Synthetic Ice, our default panel is a whopping 8′ x 4′ size, about the same size as a full sheet of plywood. Many other companies sell panels as small as 1.5′ x 1.5′!

These tiles are great for shipping, but the advantages stop there. If you’re looking for the most authentic ice skating experience, you’ll get it from installing larger panels of synthetic ice. 

Let’s take a look at 4 reasons why bigger synthetic ice tiles are the way to go.

1. Larger synthetic ice panels make for less seams in the surface.

While smaller panels are easier to move around, they also will have substantially more seams when the panels are connected. In our example above, comparing a KwikRink 4’x8’ panel with the 18” x 18” tiles, you would have approximately 11 seams from the smaller tiles inside one seamless KwikRink panel.

These seams simply leave a lot more opportunity for things to go wrong in a synthetic ice rink. Seams can bulge, lead to cracks, or catch dirt and debris. If a seam pops up, even very slightly, from variation in the floor surface or expansion due to temperature changes, you can catch the edge of your skate on the lip.

2. Larger synthetic ice panels provide more forgiveness when a substrate is flawed.

Most sub-floors are not perfect. The smaller the synthetic ice tiles are, the less “forgiveness” they provide in a flawed substrate. Aside from the extra seams, the smaller size leaves the panels much more likely to have seams that lip up. This protruding edge is a problem that can stop pucks and trip skaters.

It’s easier for a smaller panel to lift up or buckle, too. The weight of larger panels keeps them more stable and stationary. In short, larger size synthetic ice panels are able to cover up substrate flaws much better than smaller panels. 

You also need to think about the synthetic ice panels shrinking and swelling some due to temperature changes. When that occurs, seams, in particular, are vulnerable to cracking.

Some tiles snap together with a dovetail design, and cracks that break off one of the tabs means that you’ll need to replace a panel. Tongue-and-groove designs are also vulnerable to cracking from an uneven surface or fluctuating temperatures.

3. Larger synthetic ice panels allow for a quicker installation.

This one is a bit obvious, but having to connect fewer panels makes doing a synthetic ice installation much faster. These larger-sized panels will not be as easy to move around as the smaller ones, but connecting one KwikRink synthetic ice panel to another is comparable to connecting up to 16 smaller panels from a different supplier.

Fewer connections mean less time to install and less opportunity for error or breakage. At KwikRink, we can even create custom-sized panels for the odd edges and irregularities for your surface and dimensions.

4. Larger synthetic ice panels offer the best bang for your buck.

Bigger synthetic ice panels will provide the best value for your money. Most competing brands that offer smaller panels do so to improve shipping and convenience of mobility for the consumer.

Although these aren’t bad reasons, consumers are left with even less panel for their dollar due to the desire to cut overhead costs and meet various shipping restrictions. This is also why you often will see “Free Shipping” for the smaller panels. It is not really free, but built into the cost, as they are vastly overpriced for what is received. 

In contrast, larger synthetic ice tiles are thicker and more durable. Their weight is an asset when it comes to rink stability. Larger tiles aren’t going to bounce or flex from the weight of skaters upon them. The additional thickness means they will last.

Check the warranty any synthetic ice panels you’re considering, as well as they approximate years of useful life. Super synthetic ice in larger panels from KwikRink has a 10-year warranty. Other smaller tiles often have a 3-5 year lifespan and warranties for a fraction of that.

Larger panels install securely and stay put, which lowers your maintenance costs. Your ice rink will be the closest to real ice that it can be when you minimize seams, create a smooth surface, and replicate the weight and thickness of actual ice’s feel.

Don’t compromise on the function of a rink and pleasure of skating by installing smaller, thinner tiles. In the long run, whatever initial savings you may have celebrated will vanish with cleaning, repair, and replacement costs.

 

BONUS REASON TO USE LARGER SYNTHETIC ICE SHEETS

Puck glide. Skate glide. Performance. Durability. Cleaner, smoother surface. Okay, that was six reasons. The fewer seams a puck or a skate has to glide over, the lower the amount of friction and the better glide. Better glide means closer to the real thing: natural ice, which is seamless.

Bottom line: a synthetic rink will look, feel, perform, and last better if you use larger, more stable, better manufactured synthetic ice sheets. 

Let’s face it. When you spring for a synthetic ice rink, your goal is to get the feel of natural ice as much as possible. Especially if you are doing a regulation rink-size or more than 300 sq. ft. installation, you’ll be glad you opted for larger panels instead of hundreds of small tiles.

When it comes to synthetic ice panels, bigger is better. Contact our installers at KwikRink with the measurements of your rink space. We’ll help you lay down a rink quickly with as few total panels as possible.

Is an underlay for my new synthetic ice rink necessary? Well, this depends on a lot of variables. It is very important that the synthetic ice panels be laid on top of a hard and flat surface. In this article, we will dive into three categories that all sub-floors fall into when it comes to the necessity of having a synthetic ice underlay; no underlay, simple underlay, and advanced underlay.

No Synthetic Ice Underlay

When no underlay is needed for a synthetic ice rink, it tends to be in an inside space with a very flat and hard sub-floor. We also see this outside on sport courts that were done correctly by the contractor. These are any floors with no flaws.

  • Indoor rooms/basements
  • Sport courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Leveled decks

Simple Synthetic Ice Underlay

A “simple underlay” is needed when the sub-floor has some flaws, but is mostly hard and flat. Undulation in the sub-floor is the biggest reason for a simple underlay – most of these surfaces are still hard (concrete,asphalt, wood, etc.). This can require something as simple as using 3/4″ OSB tongue and groove plywood. The plywood is very flat, and will provide extra forgiveness in a flawed sub-floor. Rubber matting can also be used as an underlay for your synthetic ice panels in these type of scenarios.

    • driveways
    • parking lots
    • streets
    • on pavers

Advanced Synthetic Ice Underlay

An advanced synthetic ice underlay is necessary when hardness of the sub-floor is not up to par and/or the sub-floor is very un-level. These tend to be a little more work, as these have the worst sub-floors to place synthetic ice panels on. The best ways to remedy this is to pour a concrete slab (like a sport court) or build a raised wooden deck. The deck platform does not have to be very high off of the ground, but does need to be made level.

  • grassy areas
  • some parking lots
  • turf
  • carpet

Synthetic ice rinks are possible anywhere with the right sub-floor. It is important to assess to which degree a synthetic ice underlay is necessary for optimal performance of the skating surface. Often times, no underlay is needed at all. Don’t fall for these added costs from other suppliers…We will help you determine the best underlay treatment for your synthetic ice rink!