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Backyard rinks can last all year round

Wayman Harten - Monday, December 12, 2016
While it may be ideal to have unlimited practice time at public rinks all year long, the fact is that's just not possible. Wouldn't it be nice to have some type of setup where you could make your own hours all year long? Backyard rinks may be the answer for you and your skaters. And now there is a solution that will allow you to have a rink all year long in all weather. Synthetic ice rinks by Synthetic Ice Solutions are the perfect solution. Here are some of the advantages of synthetic backyard rinks.


Full Access: Maybe the nicest thing about having your own rink in your backyard is that you have the ultimate access. You can schedule skating practices around you and your kids schedule.

Zero Maintenance: While this isn't necessarily true for all synthetic ice rinks, rinks from Synthetic Ice Solutions require zero work on your part. No need to add anything, once the rink is in place you're ready to go. Your backyard rink will require no power, no water and no fluids of any kind.

All Temperatures: You can keep the rink operational in all temperatures. Whether it's the middle of the summer or the cold of the winter your backyard rink will be there.

If you are serious about your desires or your kids desires you need to get serious about their application to their sport. Backyard rinks allow for that level of dedication to the discipline. Even if you just want to have a safe, fun place for your kids to play, backyard rinks are great!

Call on the experts in Synthetic Ice Solutions to learn everything you'll need to know about obtaining and maintaining backyard rinks! Call them at (855) 2-ICE SKATE or email them at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com for more information or a quote.

How to Make Your Backyard Ice Rink Last

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Climate change has made it more and more of a challenge to have a backyard ice rink operational for as much of hockey season as in the past. Here is a plan for how to make your backyard ice rink last as long as you want. Synthetic ice is an option that more and more hockey enthusiasts are going to for many reasons, not the least of which is to combat the negative effects of climate change on outdoor hockey rinks. Synthetic ice isn’t dependant on cold temperatures; in fact you can skate all summer long too. It doesn’t require water or power, once you’ve set up your rink you are ready to go.

Synthetic ice typically comes in 4’ x 4’ panels that can be pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. All you need is a solid flat surface and you’re in business, you can make a backyard ice rink that lasts for years. Of course wear and tear will vary depending on usage but it’s not uncommon to get 10 years of use on a synthetic ice rink, and then you can flip the panels over and get another 10 years out of the other side. A synthetic ice backyard ice rink allows you to not be at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has about 30 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 855-2-ICE SKATE (855 242-3752) or email us at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com.

Where to Buy Hockey Boards

Wayman Harten - Thursday, November 10, 2016
If you were looking for where to buy hockey boards you've come to the right place. At Synthetic Ice Solutions we are specialists in providing world class synthetic ice rinks and along with that we also provide hockey boards to complete the project. If you are building an ice rink in the basement having boards is critical to protect your walls and windows, otherwise the damage from shots that miss the net can get very costly. Even if your rink is outside they can protect any nearby houses or cars.

If you have a synthetic ice rink outdoors then what happens when the puck leaves the rink? Do you expect to have someone without skates on to retrieve the puck for you? If not, you either have to have a lot of pucks or you'll be taking your skates off over and over again to retrieve your pucks. The bottom line is that if you want to have an enjoyable and functional hockey rink then hockey boards are a critical component of that.

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has about 30 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 855-2-ICE SKATE (855 242-3752) or email us at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com.

Fighting The High Cost Of Ice Rentals

Wayman Harten - Saturday, November 05, 2016
The Headlines all across the city and the province blare the same thing, ice time is going to cost you and your family more not just now but in the future as well. This is taking away our children’s opportunity to skate whether it’s in hockey training, figure skating or just for recreational fun.

We here at Synthetic Ice Solutions of Canada recognize the need to have Ice time, especially “at a reasonable cost”. With the rising costs associated with current day to day living why does our national heritage of skating have to suffer to ever increasing fees? Why do our children have to be victim to higher prices of ice time when enough is already laid out just to cover costs of personal equipment and protective gear?


The time has come to say enough already and fight back. Let us here at Synthetic Ice Solutions of Canada show you how, with a one-time investment you can purchase your own synthetic ice rink surface and dispose of;
  • The cost of gas travelling back and forth to the rink
  • The time equated in travel, after all time is money
  • Sitting in cold arena’s
  • Run the risk of no time being available
How about;
  • Being able to train or skate at your leisure
  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Can be set up indoors or out
  • In the comfort of your basement or garage
  • Having a product that can last many years
  • Great fun for the whole family, even Mom and Dad!
  • Spending the money saved on other important family times like a vacation!
Give us a call or better yet come by to our production facility located in Brampton and try our synthetic ice. We can answer any and all of your questions, and help you choose a product best suited to your needs. Wayman Harten, owner of Synthetic Ice Solutions puts his 30 years of experience in the plastics industry into every surface made.

Visit our web site to see what NHL players Jason Ward & Team Canada player Karl Stewart (2013) have to say about our product. Watch the personal testimonial video from Canadian actor Matt Frewers (aka Max Headroom ) about his surface and the quality of service he received from Wayman Harten.



Don’t be fooled by imitation products in the market place. Come and deal with the Canadian owned and family operated manufacturer direct, we guarantee your satisfaction! Take action and give us a call today!

Synthetic Ice Solutions of Canada Inc.
20 Wilkinson rd. #16-18
Brampton, Ontario L6T 5B2
905-453-0314

How to Make a Hockey Rink

Wayman Harten - Tuesday, October 25, 2016
If you are looking for instructions on how to make a hockey rink I'd like to give you a solution that you may never have considered, a synthetic hockey rink. There are many advantages to building a synthetic ice rink starting with performance. When you make a hockey rink out of synthetic ice you'll have an ice surface that is 100% ready to use 24/7/365. If you are building your rink outdoors it's not dependent on the weather to be cold enough to make ice. If you are building it in a warmer climate you don't have to have refrigeration which can be very costly. 


Another big advantage is that when you make a hockey rink out of synthetic ice you do it once and it's done, you have a great skating surface for years and years. As opposed to waiting each winter for the temperature to fall below freezing, standing out in the cold with a hose and then crossing your fingers that it doesn't warm up and melt.

You can also have your rink set up in places that you would have difficulty putting it if it wasn't made of synthetic ice such as the basement or garage. Synthetic ice typically comes in panels that easily fit together like a jigsaw puzzle so you can put it together yourself and move it if you like too. As long as you have a flat and stable surface you'll have a hockey rink that performs very much like real ice. All things considered when you add it all up, to make a hockey rink out of synthetic ice just might be the smartest answer to the question of how to make an hockey rink.

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has about 30 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 855-2-ICE SKATE (855 242-3752) or email us at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com.

Top 10 Tips for the Perfect Backyard Ice Rink

Wayman Harten - Thursday, September 15, 2016
We've assembled a list of the top 10 tips for the perfect backyard ice rink and it begins with;

1. Choose what type of rink you should build. Do you want to go the traditional route using a hose and relying on the temperature staying below freezing? Or do you want to choose a synthetic ice rink that can be used all year round? A traditional rink made with water is cheaper initially but requires hours of work to build and maintain and you can't control mother nature. A synthetic ice rink costs you up front but once you set it up it will last for more than a decade. Companies like Synthetic Ice Solutions can build a custom synthetic ice rink to fit your exact needs.

2. Make sure the ground is level. Whether you go natural or synthetic this is an important factor to ensure a quality finished product.

3. Consider the direction of the rink if you plan to use it for hockey games. Keep nets away from any windows of your home to avoid them from getting broken.

4. Do you plan to have boards to surround the rink? If you just rely on snowbanks you face the challenge of finding pucks that are shot into them. Simple 2x4's around the rink will keep pucks that are on the ice within the playing surface but not raised pucks. Suppliers like Synthetic Ice Solutions can also provide professional looking rink boards to surround your rink too.

5. Consider how you can add lighting. Once your rink is ready to go the kids will want to keep skating long after dark, it's smart to consider how you can add lighting to make it safer and more fun in the evening too.

6. Add benches near the rink to make it easier to put on skates and also to take a break.

7. Be sure that kids are supervised at all times.

8. If you decide on synthetic ice, choose a product that is reversible, meaning once you put years and years or wear on one side you can flip the panels over and skate on the other side and have a brand new rink again.

9. Be aware of your neighbors and keep the noise level in mind as it gets later in the evening especially. Your rink will be much more enjoyable if you stay on good terms with all of your neighbors.

10. Invite family, friends and neighbors over for a skate and have fun! In this day and age when kids are connected to their video games for hours on end a great backyard ice rink can be a way for everyone to get some much needed exercise and have lots of fun at the same time. It's also a way for kids and adults to connect.

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has about 30 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 855-2-ICE SKATE (855 242-3752) or email us at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com.

Artificial Ice Rink

Wayman Harten - Friday, August 12, 2016
An artificial ice rink can easily be built using synthetic ice that you can use all year round. Artificial ice allows you to skate on it whether it is hot or cold outside and you can place indoors and outdoors just the same. An artificial ice rink can be used for multiple purposes including training to be a hockey player, practicing figure skating movements, and simply exercising and having fun.

There are multiple types of synthetic ice sold on the market, but you want to make sure to purchase the best kind to ensure a long lasting rink for the amount of money you put out. The standard size for many suppliers is made up of 4 by 4 foot panels and for reduced seams you can get 4 by 8 foot panels.

Be sure to do your research to determine what types of artificial ice may have issues over time with buckling and gapping, taking a close look at how the panels fit together can give you a good idea. A high quality artificial ice rink will not buckle or gap and there will not be any liquid needed to get smooth movement on the ice. A well made synthetic ice rink will require no more than 15 percent more effort than real ice which is ideal for training and skating.

Select a power stride or a true lock ice rink where you can easily connect the panels together and take them apart when you don't need to use it. These panels fit easily back together when you need to use it or just want to have some fun. Place the artificial ice rink in your garage, on your patio, or wherever works best for your to practice or train. 
artificial ice rink

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has about 30 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 855-2-ICE SKATE (855 242-3752) or email us at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com.

An Investment In Synthetic Ice Is One Worth Making

Wayman Harten - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Wouldn't it be nice to have your own ice rink in your backyard without having to worry about going to an ice rink to train or practice? With a synthetic ice it's an investment worth making as you can continue to use it throughout the year no matter how hot or cold it is outside. You can place it in the backyard, in your garage, or in the basement. With a quality synthetic ice rink you'll feel like you are skating on real ice with no worries about seams or separation.

Be sure to choose the right type of synthetic ice and keep in mind that some require adding enhancers to allow them to have the glide to feel closer to real ice but there are products out there that don't require any at all. The True Lock Synthetic Ice System is an example of a product that requires no additives and performs very well. When you skate on it you exert only about 15% more energy than on real ice making it a great training surface.

You can have the ice custom made from a standard size of 4 by 4 foot panels or reduce the seams between the panels with 4 by 8 foot panels. Select a synthetic ice that doesn't buckle or gap at any given time. What causes it is a change in temperature as the ice can expand and contract. Avoid any ice that tends to buckle under changes for a longer lasting ice rink that is worth investing your money into. This type of ice will allow you to spend more time training to play hockey or to exercise rather than worrying about the wear and tear of the ice. The best type of synthetic ice will provide a superior fit and last for years and years.


Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has about 30 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 855-2-ICE SKATE (855 242-3752) or email us at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com.

We've Got Your Synthetic Ice for Sale

Wayman Harten - Saturday, July 09, 2016
Hockey players, figure skaters, and anyone who lives to have fun on the ice can appreciate the advantages of synthetic ice. Synthetic Ice Solutions has synthetic ice for sale! Leading the industry, Synthetic Ice Solutions is a Canadian manufacturer of man-made ice systems. Their product provides skaters the opportunity to train and play--indoors--all year long.

Fabricated of sheets of polymer material, synthetic ice rinks can be assembled just about anywhere. Synthetic Ice Solutions has synthetic ice for sale. Imagine you or your kids ice skating in the garage, basement or anywhere you like! This is possible, and practical, because synthetic ice rinks require no water or power.



This is both eco-friendly and extremely cost efficient; a no-water rink not only saves on precious water resources, it also saves you money, since no energy is required. Synthetic ice surfaces provide a glide factor of 90% or better, and retain their integrity in all temperatures, indoors or out--that means smooth skating!

Synthetic ice systems are easy to install, and they can be ordered factory direct from Synthetic Ice Solutions. Let their excellent customer service help you make it happen. They have synthetic ice for sale; you and your kids need a place to practice. Figure skaters can work on their routines in warmth and comfort, and hockey players of all ages are going to love taking slap shots in the basement!

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has about 30 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 855-2-ICE SKATE (855 242-3752) or email us at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com.

Synthetic Ice Rinks For All Times of the Year

Wayman Harten - Saturday, June 25, 2016
Investing in your very own synthetic ice rink can save you not only time but also money in the long run. The ease of maintenance and installation that they offer may come as a surprise to many people. These rinks are geared towards those customers who want all the experiences they deliver without worrying about breaking the bank.

The panels, which are used in the installation of these rinks, are lighter and more portable than many people realize. They are actually light enough that majority of individuals can handle one panel by themselves. Since synthetic ice mimics actual ice, it is not nearly as heavy and much more portable. 


By installing one of these rinks, you eliminate the need of having to drive all over town to find your favorite public ice rink. You also eliminate entrance fees that are associated with these rinks. There are no time limits on your very own rink, you can skate on it as long as you would like. There is no need to worry about hours of operation either. With your very own ice rink you can use it whenever you want.

Interlocking panels used in these rinks make installation easier than ever. Installation is so quick and simple that you can be skating on your ice rink in just one day. The synthetic material ensures you can use your rink whenever you want no matter the weather conditions, eliminating any concerns during warmer weather.

These rinks are specifically designed to work well at home. Whether you are wanting a smaller ice hokey rink in your basement or garage, or looking for a larger rink in the back yard, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. The ease of cleaning them makes it just as ideal for inside areas as it is for outside areas.

Choosing synthetic ice rinks for your home offers many benefits. Aside from the ease of installation and the low maintenance, you will get hours and hours of entertainment for you, your family and your friends. Choose from a variety of sizes and styles to find the one that best suits your needs. Invest in the future of your home while offering a place to entertain and get away. These rinks are a great addition and a great investment.

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has about 30 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 855-2-ICE SKATE (855 242-3752) or email us at sales@syntheticicesolutions.com.