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Synthetic Ice Rinks

Wayman Harten - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Synthetic ice consists of polymer materials that can endure a wide range of wear and tear over the years. Not all synthetic ice rinks are made to perfection however. Some require some additional maintenance including added liquids to provide silicone enhancers for continuous slickness to the ice and others begin to buckle and gap, making it hard for skaters to train and exercise on the artificial ice.

When thinking about getting a synthetic ice rink consider the best out on the market. With advanced materials that provide superior stability and the least amount of wear and tear, you will have the ice longer. You will be able to train easier without having to add liquids and you will not have the concern of buckling with a true lock connection that ensures the panels to connect and fit easily together every time you are ready to use the ice. 


Choose artificial ice that requires no more than 15 percent effort than real ice when training or practicing. Make sure that the ice you select requires the minimum amount of maintenance and provides the highest results. It should offer superior fit despite the contraction and expansion that occurs during temperature change. You want to make sure that you can skate easily on synthetic ice rinks without having to put much effort into maintaining the ice.

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.

Hockey Rink Boards

Wayman Harten - Saturday, April 23, 2016
Adding hockey rink boards to your backyard ice hockey rink will make your experience much more enjoyable. If your rink happens to be natural ice in sub-freezing temperatures then your hockey rink boards will save you from chasing after stray pucks that will often be buried deep in snow banks. If you have an all year round synthetic ice rink then you puck could roll away down the street. Either way, having boards will reduce stray pucks from getting away and allow you to focus on playing the game and not chasing pucks. 


Without hockey rink boards, if you don’t have someone around without skates on then there is another problem that could arise. What if you have to go onto pavement to get the stray puck, do you take your skates off or do you try to tip toe and risk damaging your skates? Taking your skates off would be so inconvenient, I can’t imagine anyone doing that on a regular basis, that means you’ll likely venture off the rink with your skates on. If your rink happens to be indoors in the basement or the garage then boards serve another important purpose, protecting your walls, windows and everything else you own.

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions; Wayman has over 30 years of technical experience in the plastics Industry and is passionate about providing the best artificial ice rinks and rink boards 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.

Outdoor Rinks

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Climate change has had a significant effect on outdoor rinks in Canada and this is supported by many sources from David Suzuki to studies done by Concordia and McGill Universities. All reports are coming to the same conclusion, there are fewer and fewer days each year with weather that is conducive to skating on outdoor rinks. One study analyzed Canadian weather data from 1951 to 2005 and it concluded that there has been a significant shortening of the outdoor skating season and that it is likely due to global warming.

One of the most iconic outdoor rinks in Canada is the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. The David Suzuki Foundation’s report concluded that the canal’s skating season is expected to drop from a historic average of 9 weeks to an average of 6.5 weeks by 2020.

Geographers at Wilfred Laurier University even launched a website called rinkwatch.org where people around the country are encouraged to go and simply tell them each day if they can skate on their rink today. They hoped to be able to gather enough data to accurately track how quickly changes are happening.

So what alternatives are there for people that still want outdoor rinks? Adding refrigeration is an option not open to many. It’s costly to install and isn’t a viable option for a temporary and seasonal backyard rink. The option that many are turning to is synthetic ice. It is simple to set up, costs nothing once the panels are purchased, no refrigeration or water needed. The best part is that it can be used all year round.

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.

How To Keep Your Backyard Ice Rink Into Springtime!

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Who knew it was possible, but we are here to tell you how you can keep your backyard ice rink into springtime and beyond. Who knew that you could actually ice skate on your backyard ice rink all year round no matter what the weather? With the right synthetic ice you will be able to practice, train, and have fun for hours whenver you want to. But be careful with the type of synthetic ice you choose as some can buckle or require liquid added, here are a few tips on how to keep your backyard all year round for years and years.

Consider the type of material, the size and the thickness of the panels. Can it withstand superior wear and tear throughout the year and be stable enough to last a long time? These questions should be asked before purchasing the backyard ice rink. How do the panels fit together? will that be stable over the long term or will it show seams and have potential for buckling over the years? Do you have to add any additives to make it glide enough or is the ice high enough quality on it's own? How well can you glide on it, the best synthetic ice only requires up to 15 percent more effort than the average rink. This will make it ideal to practice and exercise on.

Avoid buckling and gapping ice rinks. This occurs when the temperature changes. The synthetic ice will expand and contract, but with the right type of synthetic ice you will not experience an ice rink that buckles or gaps from the weather change. No matter how many times you take the ice apart or connect it, the ice shouldn't cause a problem. You should be able to easily put it back together and use it without having to add liquid. Silicone needs to be added to some fake ice, but there are very few that don't require any liquids added at all which makes these rinks the ideal solution to your backyard 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.

Tired of Poor Quality / Under Performing Ice?

Wayman Harten - Thursday, June 11, 2015
Come and visit us here at Synthetic Ice Solutions of Canada Inc. and let us show you how your Synthetic Ice should perform, there are so many pop up companies these days trying to pass off recycled plastics as Synthetic Ice, recycled is exactly what it means, reground plastics and it is of the lowest grades of material, it can and usually does carry contaminants of other materials as well, which can and will affect your skate blades.

Having been in the Plastics Industry for over 30 years, my experience and proven track record is why customers return to purchase add-ons and or pass our trusted name on to friends and family for their purchases, after all you would not recommend a poor quality product or Company in fear of damaging your own reputation!

We take our Family run business very seriously, and are committed to only supplying the highest grade Synthetic Ice available in the market today, as a matter of fact we just recently cut a new client a 30’ x 64’ out door rink and when he came to pick it up, asked if we could recycle a 5 year old ¾” rink he had purchased elsewhere as they were disappointed with its life and skate ability performance, and left it for us to dispose of, take a look of the attached photos. We also are committed to the environment , we recycle all of our plastic waste after completing client surfaces, nothing goes to the Land fill, we return it to the manufacture for regrinding.



We look forward to being of assistance and answering any or all of your questions, remember “When you are ready to train, We’ve got your Ice!”

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.

Are You Building An Ice Rink This Year?

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Building an ice rink building is an annual tradition in Canada that thousands of people take part in. Many of us have great memories of skating on backyard rinks with family and friends when we were growing up. Now it seems that this tradition is not as common as it used to be.


Backyard RinkTimes have changed and nowadays many people are just too busy for ice rink building. It’s no secret that people are working more and have less free time than they did 30 years ago. Add to that the increase in failed marriages and single parent homes and it’s even harder to find the time and energy required to build and maintain an outdoor ice rink.

I don’t have any actual research at my fingertips to support this but isn’t it true that weather today is less predictable than it was 30 years ago? It’s harder than ever to have the right conditions to keep an outdoor ice rink than in the past. Of course that also depends on where you live, but I know in southern Ontario that’s my perception. Ice rink building is a commitment of quite a bit of time and the last thing you want is to invest that time and then a week later the temperature soars and it’s melted.

Ice Rink Building- Key to Skills Development
Ice rink buildingThere is no question that today there are more organized sports than ever before. There are more leagues to play in and a higher percentage of parents driving their kids to practice and games than ever before. As a result there is less time for parents to be at home building an ice hockey rink. A while ago there was a crisis in Canadian hockey and the thinking was that we weren’t winning gold medals because kids are playing too much organized hockey and not enough playing around for fun at early ages. In a typical league game the average kid may handle the puck for a total of 1 minute the whole game. If you put a handful of kids on a backyard rink they can stick handle and shoot for hours. Many are saying that in general European players have more imagination because they spend less time playing organized hockey at the youngest ages and more time building their skills and having fun.

We’ve all heard about NHL players that grew up playing on a pond or in their backyard until after dark, with mom having to drag him in. If your kids love to play then having their own rink gives them access as much as they want. A big benefit of ice rink building is that it gives your children something better than video games to play. In this day and age when child obesity is becoming more and more common providing them with a fun way to actually get some exercise is the best gift you could give your children.
The Solution - Synthetic Ice Rinks

It seems to me that ice rink building is a bit of a dying tradition and to me it’s not only a bit sad, but I think it’s making it harder for Canadian hockey to stay on top and for today's kids to stay active. That’s why I’m excited that we can provide an affordable solution, a synthetic ice rink that you can put in your backyard or your 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.

Jason Ward visits Synthetic Ice Solutions of Canada New Production facility in Brampton

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Jason Ward made a surprise visit with Wayman Harten owner of Synthetic Ice Solutions of Canada today, having skated on our product in the past many times, Jason was excited to tour the new 7500 sq. ft production facility in Brampton, stating that he was not surprised at the Growth & success of the Company, based on the fact of the quality of the product, and how simple it makes it for people to have a custom training facility set up in their own homes with in the matter of days, reducing the need for travel to outside rinks and of course the ever increasing costs associated with using such facilities.

Jason Ward signs synthetic ice rink boards


Wayman Showed Jason the new test skating surface they had made for potential clients to come in and skate on, Wayman believes in the “Try before you Buy” theory, there are so many companies popping up claiming their Ice is the best, we say put your Ice where your skate is, once you try our Ice, see how easy it is to assemble, and of course see the Facility in which it is made and shipped from locally, it truly is a win win situation for the client, where customer service is always number 1.

Of all the clients who have tried our test surface, the same statement resonates amongst them, “We’re so glad we came to see your Facility” it’s so clean, Modern and organized! We were worried you were just another distributor for a product from overseas, and of course once they have skated on the product, that’s the clincher, they get the opportunity first hand to see the seamless nature of our Ice product, and feel the fluidity when they skate on it, “they say it truly is as it is advertised” excellent!
 
Upon finishing his tour and talking with everyone on hand, Jason was kind enough to sign one of the arena panel’s on the test surface it self, and then was on his way. What a true Professional, Jason, thank you for the visit from the Team at Synthetic Ice Solutions Of Canada.

Remember, “When you need a training Surface, We’ve got your Ice!”

NHL's Jason Ward Endorses Synthetic Ice Solutions

Wayman Harten - Friday, April 18, 2014
Here is a video testimonial by Jason Ward, the Montreal Canadian's 1st round pick and the 11th pick overall in the 1997 NHL draft.

Synthetic Ice Training Can Raise Your Game To Elite

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
If your goal is to improve your game synthetic ice can be a key training tool to help you raise your skill level. While there is definitely a place for off ice training, having more ice time can be a great advantage. Many young players are taking advantage of the improved quality and more cost effective synthetic ice solutions and having them installed in their basement or garage for year round access. Imagine being able to put on your skates whenever you wanted to work on your skating, shooting and agility?

You can do shooting drills off ice but nothing is quite the same as shooting while on skates. Having your own synthetic ice rink allows you to master the balance required to shoot in full hockey gear. If you ask most NHL snipers they'll tell you about the endless hours they spent practicing their shot. There is no substitution for practice and hard work.



Synthetic ice can be great for goalie training too. It doesn't require a lot of ice surface for a goalie to work in side to side net coverage, cutting down angles and techniques like the butterfly.

Synthetic ice is an excellent way for anyone who is serious about their game to maximize their training efforts. Nothing can replace on ice training, why not get access to it 24/7?

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.

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.