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Synthetic Outdoor Hockey Rink History

Synthetic outdoor hockey rinks have had many producers over the years and it has been commercially and publicly available and used since the early Sixties. For many years though it was an unmanageable product because of the styles in which it was produced. Butt or Spline jointing was common practice but this method had issues with expansion and contraction. When this happened it would cause the product to separate which would result in open gaps in the main skating surface. This was a major cause for safety concerns for skaters as hitting a gap could cause falls and injuries. Rinks were forced to shut down because the areas had to be re-aligned. Trying to repair an outdoor hockey rink was no easy task simply because of the weight of the product.

The older version of materials that were used were also of different grades of Polyethylenes that did not wear well. They often also required Silicone additives to be added to the surface to increase the glide factor. While this did increase the motion, it would tend to build up and become dirty from air born dust particles leaving behind a greasy and hard to clean to surface which to say the least was not very good for your equipment. Another negative side effect was that it would tend to stain all it came in contact with. All these factors combined have tarnished the general public perception of Synthetic Ice over the years. My next blog post will address how things have improved and what is available today.

Today's Synthetic Outdoor Hockey Rink

The years have come and gone, material compositions have changed greatly, allowing for better wear and stability, which will add only to the products life, but also additives to create a Ultra Violet stabilized products which could now expand upon the areas in which Synthetic Ice can be used, no more would skating be restricted to cold temperatures outdoors in the winter or to refrigerated indoor areas in the summer, now you can use it anywhere, such as your basement, in your garage, or even out on your deck in the back yard, at any time, and as well in any season. Expansion and Contraction issues have been greatly reduced, or are almost now nonexistent due to technologically advanced ways of joining the panels together. Glide and or travel on the material has also been greatly increased with newer cleaner versions of enhancers that have been developed and are now available.

Synthetic Ice Solutions has become a great success by producing an amazing product that is designed and priced so that the average family can buy synthetic ice.  You can put it in the basement or outside, use it for serious training or recreation.  Whatever the case, your synthetic ice rink will give you many years of enjoyment.

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has 28 years of technical experience in the plastics Industry and is passionate about providing the best artificial ice rinks at very affordable prices. Click on one of the links and read more about synthetic ice or see videos about the product. You can also call us at (855) 242-3752 or email us at

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