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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 

friends ice skating on the best synthetic ice

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. 

best synthetic ice for hockey

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. 

happy friends ice skating together

It is no secret that we at KwikRink Synthetic Ice love winter sports. One of our passions is to help others experience skating in their own homes or spaces on their own time. The synthetic ice tiles guarantee that your ice time will extend beyond just one season.

For over 20 years, we at KwikRink Synthetic Ice have installed our synthetic ice tiles worldwide. From NHL practice facilities to suburban driveways, we’ve been pretty much everywhere. We have even installed a synthetic ice rink on a cruise ship!

We may be biased, but we feel that our synthetic ice tiles are the best in the game. We have taken the time and researched ways to make them versatile and fun to use by anyone. 

If you are considering placing your own synthetic ice rink, read on. We’d like to share five facts that you may not know about synthetic ice tiles. After you’re done, head on to our site to customize your rink and get a free quote from KwikRink Synthetic Ice.

friends ice skating together on synthetic ice tiles

1. Our synthetic ice tiles are state of the industry. 

It is a disservice to our clients to not keep up with technology in our industry as it changes. We have innovated our synthetic ice tiles many times to be sure that they feel as real as possible when you skate on them. 

We’ve also made numerous other changes over the years to ensure our product is the best it can be. For example, our 5th generation synthetic ice panels are updated to improve how they connect.

As you skate, the ice melts, producing water that lubricates your blade, making it possible to skate. Our ice panels mimic this feel by using a special plastic formula we have developed and refined over time. The result is an ice skating experience that gives skaters 90% of the feeling of real ice. 

Other synthetic ice tiles cannot achieve this because they haven’t changed their production to allow for better glide. Some other companies may cut costs by using inferior quality materials. But when your blades dig into our panels, you will be amazed how you freely glide across the ice. 

If synthetic ice tiles are too hard and do not have enough lubrication, skates will catch and dull over time. If the ice is too soft, skates will stick, and the ice will break down quickly. 

It’s our responsibility to keep up with technology and give the very best skate achievable. That 90% of real ice feel translates into playing hockey, skating with your family, or enjoying the artificial ice however you choose!

2. KwikRink Synthetic Ice panels can go just about anywhere. 

Something fun about our panels is that they are very easy to install, remove, reconfigure, and move. We manufacture our synthetic ice tiles to fit together like puzzle pieces so that you can assemble an entire skating surface quickly. 

Over the years, we have seen our rinks installed in basements, cruise ships, and arenas. We have repeatedly been surprised by the versatility of our own panels. The panels can be placed in a spare room easily for storage as well.

As the needs for your rinks changes, so can the rinks themselves. Maybe during hockey season, you need a place as a family to blow off steam. Once hockey season is over, you can add or subtract panels to create a practice rink.

How big your rink is and where it goes is absolutely up to you.

happy family ice skating together

3. You can have your own “home rink” — even on a budget.

Every synthetic ice rink is unique to its owner. We offer several customization options so that you can get the most out of your rink.

Some of the customizations offered are: 

  • Dasher boards
  • Nets and plexiglass
  • Custom markings 
  • Training aids

Why not go full out and customize the rink of your dreams? 

There are two 5th generation tile options offered to build your rink with. The HOME version is 3/8″ thick and the PRO version is 1/2″ thick. Both have their unique benefits, so you can choose what’s right for you.

Installing a synthetic ice rink is an investment and should serve you in every way you need. Whether that’s training aids for figure skating or plexiglass and nets for hockey, KwikRink Synthetic Ice is here to help. Your rink is unique to you and your space. 

4. KwikRink Synthetic Ice rinks are built to last.

Our improved construction and lightweight, flexible design better accommodate uneven terrain while remaining strong.

In fact, our tiles that are ⅜” thick will last seven to ten years, and our ½” inch thick tiles last ten plus years. That is a lot of skating! 

A high-density plastic called VHMW allows for durability and longevity. 

This plastic makes our synthetic ice tiles great for years of training and fun. They can handle hockey stops and countless jumps from figure skaters, and they require little maintenance to keep them in top form. 

synthetic ice tiles in a hockey rink

5. Synthetic ice rinks are low maintenance.

A traditional ice rink will have several steps to regular maintenance to keep it ready to skate. Temperatures must be kept just right; the ice must be smoothed out to maintain a proper surface. If you are looking to move or take down the rink, that can be a days-long process with a big clean up.

To take down a KwikRink Synthetic Ice rink, you simply sweep off any debris and pull apart the tiles. They can then be placed wherever you have room to store or move them. 

Clean up is no different for your personal synthetic ice rink. Occasionally you will need to sweep off the debris and then go over your tiles with a wet mop. No special tools are needed!

Synthetic Ice — Real Passion 

The Mayo Clinic cites play as a way to boost emotional and mental growth in children. Playing together as a family can provide additional bonding benefits to this exercise time. We want to offer a way for you to have a great time on the ice.

Whether it’s playing with the family like the Mayo Clinic suggests or practicing figure skating jumps, having a rink available helps. Having one in your home or that your team has access to saves a lot of time spent scheduling rink time, commuting to the rink, and waiting for access.

It will also save money on things like fees for rink time and gas going to and from the rink.

Since the 1990s, KwikRink Synthetic Ice has provided top-notch synthetic ice tiles to our clients around the world. We challenge ourselves by constantly improving our ice to make it low maintenance and practical for the owner.

Please stop by our site today to configure and customize your rink and get a free quote from KwikRink Synthetic Ice! 

group of young friends having fun on an ice rink

You know that you can take your business to the next level with an affordable ice rink. But how do you afford to install a synthetic ice rink in your business? With KwikRink’s rent-to-own program, of course.

The team at KwikRink Synthetic Ice believes ice time is any time and should be available to everyone. Contact us today to get a free rink quote and to explore our flexible, affordable ice rink rental options. We’ll see you on the (synthetic, go-anywhere, always functional) ice!

Why Choose Synthetic Ice For Your Affordable Ice Rink?

Synthetic ice makes the beloved winter activity of ice skating accessible to everyone in any climate. Young children can learn to skate. Older family members enjoy passing on the skills they’ve honed on our high-quality polymer ice tile surface. 

Plus, with synthetic ice rink kits, you don’t have to worry about ice-friendly outdoor conditions or an unduly short season. (Did we mention you also won’t increase your hot water bill or need to purchase a Zamboni? Sounds like a good business decision to us!)

indoor affordable ice rink

Natural Ice Bummers

A natural ice rink presents a few limitations for a business, often making it a cost-prohibitive choice for small companies. You must live in a colder climate for natural ice outdoor skating. You must dedicate a large area and significant maintenance costs to an indoor ice rink.

When your business relies on a natural ice rink, there’s frequent rearranging when the seasons change. This remodeling can get costly and annoying. Furthermore, “customer season” is usually limited to a few of the coldest months when your business features a natural ice rink.

On the other hand, customers will come to rely on the consistency of your synthetic ice rink. They’ll know they can skate any time of year and find the same reliable synthetic ice tiles they love! 

Synthetic Ice Tiles: High-Quality, Convenient, Resilient, Cost-Effective 

With the leading (ahem) edge technology of KwikRink Synthetic Ice tiles, you recoup so many benefits. Here’s why our synthetic ice leads the pack for versatility and durability.

  1. Installation is literally a snap: KwikRink ice tiles install in minutes with no additional tools needed. The tiles come pre-cut in a puzzle design that interlocks each tile seamlessly and securely.
  2. Low maintenance wins the day: Keeping your ice tiles clean and free of debris makes for the most enjoyable, real-ice feeling experience. Dust the tiles when you assemble the rink prior to first use. When skating is over each day, run a large, soft broom over the tiles again. Use a non-abrasive spray cleaner for any spots of dirt, sweat, or grime.
    Following these two steps regularly will ensure a long tile life with superior glide without fail. KwikRink Synthetic Ice tiles do not require any glide assisting solutions or lubricants. Maintenance is as simple as a regular quick sweep and periodic spot cleaning.
  3. The “real ice” feel is incomparable: KwikRink Synthetic Ice tiles give you 90% of the glide you get with real ice. That’s about as close as you’ll get to the feel of actual ice.
    This realistic feel means skating on them is just as fun and carefree as skating on ice. Everyone will love the glide of our synthetic ice tiles — try them for yourself if you don’t believe us!
  4. You can rent to buy for your ice rink business: KwikRink Synthetic Ice is pleased to give ice rink businesses the opportunity to rent before buying. We’ll work directly with you to choose the right size and add-ons for you. And we’ll make sure you’re happy with your purchase while you’re renting.
    Once you’re convinced it’s the perfect fit for your ice rink business, you can purchase exactly what you need. This is perfect if you’re not sure you’re ready to add an affordable ice rink to your business. Try it out!

affordable indoor ice rink

Rent a Little, Or Rent A Lot

At KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we want to make sure anyone that wants to skate, can. To that end, our rental rinks are truly customizable to your needs. 

You can rent a rink of any size for a special event, program, or season, and then you’re all finished! We’ll tailor your rental commitment after a conversation about your ice-time goals and your space availability.

Rental rinks provide innovative entertainment, connection, and community. You can rent an affordable ice rink for home or commercial space. Add a little chill and novelty to your next:

  • Corporate event
  • Hotel
  • Community festival
  • Church social event
  • Amusement park
  • Backyard ice rink party

 

We include event-friendly options like rental skates, skate sharpeners, rink walls or gaits, rubber matting, and supervised installation. 

Our synthetic rinks work for indoor and outdoor spaces, so it’s possible to enjoy a safe, socially distanced outdoor gathering any time of year. Amp up the fun factor while playing it safe with a rental rink!

indoor ice rink rental business

We’ve Got You Covered

At KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we do more than ship you some ice tiles. We’ll help you get everything set up. We’ll also make sure you have all the equipment you need to make the best skating experience for your customers.

Additional options you can choose from when you rent an affordable ice rink for your business through KwikRink Synthetic Ice:

  • Synthetic ice (most popular sizes are 60’ x 40’ & 80’ x 60’)
  • Decorative fencing
  • Ice skates
  • Skate sharpener

You can also purchase rubber matting and skate racks through KwikRink Synthetic Ice. No matter your needs, we’ll work with you to make sure your ice skating business works for your customers.

Don’t Wait To Skate

KwikRink Synthetic Ice makes it easy to begin or continue skating. The weather, climate, or health and safety concerns in your region won’t slow you down. Renting a rink is a smart way to try the superior gliding surface of KwikRink synthetic ice tiles. 

Renting-to-buy is an excellent way to test our products before you commit to owning them. Once you install your rental rink, you can get a real-world feel for how much you’ll use it. (We’re confident you’ll love the superior glide and fun our products provide.)

Visit our website today to get a free rink quote. Discover how you can affordably create a personalized synthetic ice rink you’ll enjoy for many seasons to come.

Skate on Your Deck, in the Sun

When you think of ice skating, you probably think of a winter landscape scene, a frozen pond or a lake and bundled-up skaters holding hands. Maybe you think about Rockefeller Center or another public plaza that installs an ice rink in winter, or your mind conjures images of a Zamboni coming out to surface the ice at the indoor rink before another figure skater appears or the team comes back out. 

Whatever you’re imagining, when it comes to ice skating, you generally think of cold, and, well, ice. But that image is changing with the advent of synthetic ice.

Synthetic ice tiles are changing what it means to ice skate. No longer does the weather have to be cold enough to freeze water for you to enjoy ice skating.

At KwikRink, synthetic ice is our specialty. We invented a patented formula, and we have installed ice skating rinks in all sorts of fun places for ice skating enthusiasts to enjoy year-round. Check out our gallery to get inspired.

What Are Synthetic Ice Tiles?

 

Synthetic ice is made from high-density polyethylene or ultra high molecular weight polyethylene and other polymers. Today’s synthetic ice has built-in lubricants to improve glide and reduce friction. Most estimates give synthetic ice 90 percent of the glide factor of natural ice.

Synthetic ice comes in long sheets, consistently sized tiles, or custom-cut pieces, depending on your needs. The pieces interlock together, typically with a dovetail system, creating a synthetic ice rink in just the size you need. 

What Size is Best for a Synthetic Ice Rink?

The size of your installation depends on your available space, budget, and how you will use your rink. If you have a budding ice skater or hockey player, a small synthetic ice installation of under 300 square feet will be perfect. Many garages are 12’ x 22’, which means a garage conversion can give you skater plenty of space to work on fundamentals.

If you need a place to get in a workout or practice, a smaller synthetic ice installation works well. You can work on starts, spins, and turns within this space.

Skating on your blades on synthetic ice is far better than attempting to practice on roller blades, which require a different technique and balance. Getting your time in the skates and building muscles is easily done with a smaller installation.

If you are or have a family member who is a future hockey star, a small installation is perfect for practicing fundamentals. Puck glide on synthetic ice is very similar to natural ice, so you can practice stick-handling and shooting easily. Set up a goal at one end, and also practice face-offs and defense as well as skating stamina.

USA Hockey endorses a small rink approach for mastering fundamentals such as strides, pivots, turns, passing, and shooting.

If you’re looking to put in a commercial synthetic ice rink for many people to use at once or to host team practices or games, you’ll need a larger (more than 300 sq. ft.) installation. Here are some places where you can install synthetic ice.

Some Good Places to Install Synthetic Ice Tiles

Your imagination is the only limit to where you can install synthetic ice. Here are some suggestions:

  • Rooftop — Minneapolis and other cities have a lot of beautiful apartment, condo, and loft buildings, many of which have rooftop decks. Add a synthetic rink for community fun.
  • Basements — Concrete slabs are perfect for synthetic ice tiles.
  • Former warehouses or industrial spaces — Convert vacant retail or industrial spaces into a fun synthetic ice rink.
  • Garages — Take out the boxes and vehicles and use the area for skating practice.
  • Swimming pools — If you drain your pool in winter and have a single-depth, you can cover the pool bottom with synthetic ice for three seasons of alternative fun.
  • Parking lots — Is the area flat and paved? It could be a synthetic ice rink.
  • Gymnasiums — convert the gym into an ice rink, then pick up the tiles and play basketball later.
  • Cafeterias or cafetoriums — does your school have a cafeteria? You can lay down synthetic ice tiles for an ice-skating extravaganza.
  • Practice rooms — athletic facilities that have separate practice rooms or studios can convert one into an ice rink for hockey or figure skating drills.
  • Dance studios — if you have a room used for dance or yoga, it can quickly become an ice rink using synthetic ice tiles.

Type and Size of Synthetic Ice Tiles

 

Synthetic ice tiles come in varying sizes and thicknesses. The kind you need depends on your budget, space, use, and plans to clean them. Thinner tiles are more budget-conscious and won’t last as long as thicker ones. However, you can get a good 3-5 years out of them and grow your rink later with higher quality tiles. 

Budget-friendly tiles are a good choice if you have a new skater and aren’t sure if they will stick with it. Smaller synthetic ice tiles are also lighter weight and easier to install and remove for a multi-purpose space. 

Larger tiles are better for larger installations since they reduce the number of seams you will have across the surface. You can also opt for tongue and groove seam connections instead of the dovetail design, for an even smoother surface that stays cleaner longer.

Thicker tiles are heavier and better for installations that are more or less permanent. They also last up to a decade or more.

Whatever the size of your planned ice rink, there are synthetic ice tiles to suit your needs and your budget.

Contact KwikRink to Get Started

KwikRink Synthetic Ice® is a Maple Grove, MN company. We have installed synthetic ice rinks in many locations in the Twin Cities area, but you can find KwikRink installations in five continents around the world.

As a pioneer in developing synthetic ice, we’ve been in the business since the mid-1990s. We’ve just introduced our fifth generation patented product, which provides unsurpassed glide and reduced drag. 

Fill out our rink configuration form to get started or give us a call at (888) 275-2345 to speak with one of our friendly staff. Soon you’ll have a synthetic ice rink to hone your puck handling skills or help your child develop stronger skating technique. 

 

Synthetic ice, the new rage

What Are You Skating On?

When you apply pressure to ice, it melts. When you ice skate, the blade of your skate presses against the ice which creates a thin film of water that acts as a lubricant to allow the blade to slide.

While skating, you are really skating on a thin film of water. At Kwik Rink, we’ll recreate that same experience for you using synthetic ice panels. Ask us how.

What is Synthetic Ice?

Synthetic ice, sometimes referred to as artificial ice, is a surface that simulates that of frozen h²o.  Synthetic ice panels have been around for decades, enabling year-round skating but due to a multitude of performance issues, synthetic ice rinks never quite caught on.

Thankfully, we’ve made significant improvements in synthetic ice panel designs that have drastically improved the quality and experience of synthetic ice rinks.

You Need an Even Surface

Most synthetic ice rinks use a puzzle or dovetail system in which ice panels are interlocked horizontally but not vertically. This system can cause a shift in the panels, which causes the ice to be uneven. Puzzle connections are long and can allow dirt and water to enter, creating an uneven surface or shifting panels.

By utilizing a tongue and groove, the ice panels are interlocked both horizontally and vertically. Interlocking the synthetic ice panels this way prevents the panels from shifting in any direction. This connection system creates a smooth, even surface, just like real ice.

Less Friction = Better Skating

Many synthetic ice panels are composed of low-quality materials that cause friction. This friction causes an unsatisfactory skating experience, dulling skates in the process.

A skater’s smooth flow requires there be no friction. Friction makes gliding difficult, requiring more effort, and also makes a skater exert more energy which detracts from the enjoyment of skating. The highest quality materials must be used to create synthetic ice panels to get the best skating experience.

You Want An Authentic Ice Experience

Most companies utilize new technologies to manufacture synthetic ice panels in an attempt to make skating as easy and as pleasant as possible. However, most plastic ice rinks fail to recreate an authentic ice-like feeling on their synthetic surfaces.

You need to look for ice rinks that use the newest high-quality material and create a response identical to that of authentic ice. Only when a skater feels they are truly skating on ice can they reach their highest potential.

No More Shavings and Abrasions

The Synthetic Ice Buyer’s Guide lists shavings and abrasions as one of the top considerations in selecting a synthetic ice panel for purchase. Inferior quality synthetic ice panels cause shavings and abrasions.

These low-quality panels make the ice rink messy, are hard to clean, and leave skaters unhappy. Using self-lubricating panels adds to the quality of the synthetic ice rink.

No Additional Chemicals

No chemicals need to be added to self-lubricating synthetic ice panels to create a smooth surface. However, this alone does not guarantee exceptional performance.

Every aspect of the synthetic rink process from the production of the synthetic ice panels using the highest quality materials, to the mechanism and pattern by which the panels are connected, to the care of the panels themselves, determine a quality synthetic ice rink.

Stop Dulling Your Blades

If you want to stop blades from being dulled from friction, you will need a premium glide technology with enhanced molecular structure. Low-quality plastic ice rinks do not incorporate this technology, which makes skating difficult and miserable.

Synthetic ice rinks that utilize a premium glide technology enhance the skaters’ glide and allow you to have a better grip just like real ice rinks. These are the perfect conditions for you to attain your skating goals.

High-Quality Materials are a Bargain

Buying cheap synthetic ice panels will cost you in the long run. There are many lower priced, synthetic ice panels which are also of lower quality that will not last. Low quality, cheap, synthetic ice panels, get discolored from the sun and changing weather conditions, many even begin to break down and degrade considerably.

Assurance Your Rink Will Last

High-quality synthetic ice panels incorporate UV protection. The manufacturers know high-quality raw materials are vital to ensure the life and usefulness of quality synthetic ice panels.

If you purchase a quality synthetic ice rink, it will provide long-lasting enjoyment. A high-quality synthetic ice rink will be well worth your investment

Accessories Are Important

Using low-quality accessories will ruin a synthetic ice rink. If your skates are sub-par or your dasher-boards are foul, they’re going to impact your rink negatively. If you want to maintain that even, flawless, synthetic ice, the use of high-quality, compatible, durable accessories is essential to your success. Don’t skimp on the accessories!

Synthetic Rinks Are Gaining Popularity

Using synthetic ice panels to create ice rinks is gaining popularity. Synthetic ice panels have some significant advantages over traditional ice rinks. Synthetic ice panels can get used continuously without re-surfacing and gliding on synthetic ice panels is much more consistent than that of real ice.

The glide factor on traditional ice starts at 100% then reduces to approximately 80% after just a few hours of usage, unlike glide-factor of synthetic ice panels on which does not diminish over time.

Synthetic ice panels are more economical than traditional ice. There is no need to replenish water or use electricity for refrigeration. Synthetic ice panels are environmentally friendly.

Skate Anytime You Want

By utilizing synthetic ice panels, you can have that ice rink you’ve always dreamed. You can have the flexibility to practice your sport at any time. You can play ice hockey in the summer and fulfill all of your icy desires.

Let’s Get Skating

Are you in the market for a fantastic, all-year ice rink? If so, Kwik Rink has what you are looking for. At Kwik Rink we’ll provide you the realistic feel of an ice rink in the form of the highest quality synthetic ice panels preferred by professionals and experts. We use only the highest quality materials and employ the newest technology to provide you a fantastic synthetic ice rink experience.

Give us a call at Kwik Rink, and we’ll get you skating right away.

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.