Are you an avid ice skater? Do you have kids who are hockey-crazed and can’t get enough? Millions enjoy ice skating and ice sports in America. Sports like ice hockey, figure skating bring out creativity, competitiveness, and joy. Although getting to a rink to get some ice time can be a hassle for some. It's seems like more and more rinks are closing down or becoming less accessible. So it might be time to have your personal rink.
Now, the first thought that will come to mind is the expertise needed. On top of that, well, all that ice! But with our synthetic ice panels you can easily create an at-home rink. In fact, you can convert any room into your own synthetic ice rink. Here’s everything you need to know about the process.
First, What’s Synthetic Ice?
Like you, someone had the same problem several years ago. They wanted to skate but didn’t have access to a rink. The solution was to create a durable material smooth enough to skate with your actual metal skates.
Over time, companies like PolyGlide ice have perfected these panels to create high-quality panels. Our synthetic ice panels are made of HDPE or High-Density Polyethylene and UHMWPE or Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. Companies developed these panels to outfit large rinks in places like malls and recreational centers in the past. These panels are now designed at a much smaller scale and interlock like puzzles to fit any space.
Synthetic ice panels are also infused with a self-lubricating formula, meaning they have less friction and a reduced need to reapply a liquid like a glide enhancer. Because of the durable material, the panels can last several years.
With synthetic ice panels, ice skaters can skate anywhere and anytime. You can even use these panels to create a rink in any room. \
Does It Make Sense To Convert A Room Into A Rink?
Even with the availability of synthetic ice, you may be wondering if it makes sense to convert a room into a rink. Let’s address some of the benefits of owning a synthetic ice rink.
Building a natural rink is costly
You can create a rink with natural ice. However, there is a high cost in outsourcing the equipment and manpower to do so. Furthermore, you can spend hundreds of dollars on maintenance costs every month. A synthetic ice rink takes away the time and cost involved. You can set it up and even remove it in less than an hour, depending on the size of the rink.
You can safely skate any time of the year
If you decide on a frozen backyard rink, you will only have your rink during the winter months. Some ice sports and events are only active during this time as well. So what will you do? A home ice rink lets you put on your ice skates at any time during the year. If you or your kids love to skate, you don’t have to wait!
You can stay ahead of the competition
Is hockey taking a hiatus? With a home rink, you won’t have to. In the offseason, you can work on your skating, agility, power, and skills. While everyone is at home, you or your kids will surprise their teammates and the competition.
Reinforce the love of skating
If you and your kids are passionate about ice skating, figure skating, or ice hockey, why not encourage it? The feeling you or your kids will receive from skating will be priceless.
Here’s What You’ll Need To Set Up
Converting a room of your choice into a synthetic room is a relatively simple process. First, you have to decide on your room. The room should be easily accessible since you will need to put on your skates before going onto the synthetic ice. The space should also be free of any objects of value that can break or fall and hurt skaters. Next, you will need to measure the room to determine the size and number of synthetic ice panels you will need to construct your rink. From there, you’ll need:
- Your purchased synthetic ice tiles (based on your measurements).
- A rubber mallet to connect the tiles evenly. This would prevent any bumps that can create a poor skating experience.
- Plywood for uneven flooring since the panels need a flat surface.
- Rink accessories like tape and bounce bars (for hockey).
- A helping hand depending on the size of your rink.
Now it’s time to get to work. Let’s look at some of the rooms you can set up to have some epic skating moments.
Converting Your Garage
Garages are the most popular rooms our customers convert into their ice rinks. It’s easily accessible and many double as storage rooms. By removing the clutter, you can set up your tiles to cover the entire surface area. Get some help to clear the space, then place your tiles down using a mallet and some help from a friend. If you have bounce bars, you can set your bars around the edges of your synthetic ice. Garages can have high temperatures, causing the tiles to swell slightly, so make sure to leave less than an inch of space to compensate for this. If the garage is in use, meaning cars will park there, a tarp or similar spread can cover the tiles. Garages are great for two or more persons practicing hockey. Persons practicing advanced ice skating moves may also benefit from using their garage.
Ramping Up Your Basement
Your basement is another excellent place to set up your rink. Basements tend to have much more space than your garage making it a great place to work on speed drills and more advanced skating moves. It’s also a great place to skate or play ice hockey without disturbing the rest of the family.
Ensure you clear out the basement, possibly placing items in external storage or selling off unwanted items. Measure the space accurately - some basements have corners and turns that can be a bit tricky. If needed, reach out to us for advice on custom synthetic ice tiles. These panels need a flat surface, so make sure to remove any carpet or rugs. Use plywood as additional flooring if required. As a side note, make sure to have proper ventilation as some basements tend to be hotter than the rest of the house.
Skating In Your Spare Room
Have a spare bedroom available? It’s an excellent opportunity to turn it into an ice rink. Extra rooms are perfect for people on a budget but still want to have fun skating. They are usually smaller than the garage but better than using one large tile in the driveway or deck. Your spare room should have a flat surface. Like your basement, make sure to remove any carpet and measure for any uneven surfaces. An extra room is often a permanent fixture so that you can seal your synthetic ice tiles to the floor with a Double-Sided Seam Tape. For hockey players, set up bounce bars and protect windows with curtains or reinforced glass. Spare rooms are great for kids, so you can still monitor their progress and safety.
Flipping Your Living Room Or Kitchen Into A Rink?
Let’s face it. Sometimes, we don’t have the room we want to set up. For example, a small apartment in the city won’t have the extra space to set things up. That means we need to improvise. You can turn a living area into a multipurpose room. While it won’t give you the space to skate freely or practice advanced tricks, it’s still a great alternative to no skating at all! For example, you can move around your sofa and set up a mini rink right in your living room. For instance, this little tyke got to practice his stickhandling right in his living room. They can easily set up and put away the rink at a moment’s notice.
But one famous example is how Coach Michelle Hong was able to convert her kitchen into her own skating rink! With limited apartment space, the skating coach was able to improvise so she can skate even under quarantine. Her kitchen skating exploits have garnered massive attention on Tik Tok, and she shows no signs of slowing down!
If you want to recreate a multipurpose space, envision the part of the room that’s the least cluttered and easiest to set up and tear down. You can even place a throw rug or mat over your tiles so you can still use the space for its original purpose.
Let’s Help You Get Started
Now it’s your turn to get your synthetic ice rink up and running. It will be a great addition to the home for the Holidays! You and your family will enjoy hours of skating and practice. Nothing’s better than having fun skating while getting better and better in your field. And that goes for the kids, too! If you’re unsure about how many synthetic ice tiles you’ll need or what accessories will help, then contact us today. We can help you get started.