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Synthetic Ice From Retailer Isn't The Same

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I'd like to tell people about the difference between getting synthetic ice from a big box retailer versus getting it from Synthetic Ice Solutions Of Canada. I was out over the weekend doing some shopping at a Home Improvement store and I see that they are now carrying a synthetic ice product. For this kind of retailer to sell synthetic ice is outside the realm of what they are known for which presents some challenges.

Synthetic ice is the type of investment that you'd probably want to be able to talk to an expert on. I have spent more than 30 years in the plastics industry, this is what I do. There are many technical differences between different types of synthetic ice products being sold today. I take the time and can explain to my customers how to get the most mileage out of their synthetic ice, how it's installed, what makes one product better or worse than another and so on. When I approached some of the staff for information on the product, they could not offer any more than what was on the packaging.

When it comes the product they are currently offering, I was surprised to see that not only is it lower quality, but it actually costs you more. When I say lower quality I can point to a basic observation that most people can clearly relate to and understand. Having more seams in your synthetic ice rink is lower quality, and will cause issues down the road, If you could have 1 giant sheet with no seams make up your rink that would be perfect, unfortunately that is not feasible from a manufacturing standpoint, each rink size is different and shipping would be very challenging to say the least. We offer sheets that are 4' x 4' (16 square feet per sheet) or 4' x 8' (32 square feet per sheet). Compare that to retailer I visited who is offering a pack of 8 pieces that cover only 24 square feet. Think of how many additional seams there would be using 8 pieces to cover an area instead of just 1, and to pay more for it as well. In today's marketplace a client who knows more about the product can make a better purchase based on knowledge & pricing, not just about convenience.

For more information or a custom quote on getting a synthetic ice rink for your basement, garage, yard or wherever you can put it call us at 855-2 ICE SKATE (855-242-3752) and we'd be happy to answer your questions and provide a quote.