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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.

Basement Hockey Rink is the Star on HGTV

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, January 08, 2014
A recent episode of the new HGTV series called Esther Extraordinaire featured the installation of a new basement hockey rink by Synthetic Ice Solutions of Mississauga Ontario. For those unfamiliar with HGTV, they are the home to many types of do-it-yourself shows, home makeover shows and anything to do with the home and garden. Esther Extraordinaire is one of their newest ones and they chose Synthetic Ice Solutions to provide the materials for their basement hockey rink installation.

In the episode they show just how easy it is to install, although it would've gone even smoother if they actually measured it correctly! Not to worry, they were able to easily fix their mistake. You can watch the episode here;

Esther Extraordinaire Season 1, Episode 2

A basement hockey rink is a great idea for anyone that wants to keep their kids active and healthy. It will provide countless hours of fun and entertainment and is a fantastic alternative to playing video games. Child obesity is a growing issue, reports show that about 1/3 of children are overweight or obese (read more on the Statistics Canada website here). Providing them with an easy and fun way to get regular exercise is a great way to fight it.


Synthetic Ice Solutions is a Canadian company with more than 30 years in the plastics industry that provides top quality synthetic ice rinks at extremely competitive prices. They are simple to assemble and will provide for up to 20 years of service, and the best part is that it does not require any electricity or water. You don't have to be at the mercy of the weather to build an outdoor rink for only a small fraction of the year.

For more information or a custom quote on getting a synthetic ice rink in your basement call us at 855-2 ICE SKATE (855-242-3752) and we'd be happy to answer your questions and provide a quote.

Hockey Goalie Training

Wayman Harten - Thursday, December 19, 2013
There is no shortage of hockey goalie training programs, instructions and videos in this day and age of the internet. The biggest challenge is usually getting the ice time. Off ice training can certainly help you to improve but in the end it's important to be able to practice with your skates and equipment on to get better. You can sign up for on ice goalie lessons that might cost $50 - $100 or more depending on how many other goalies you are sharing the ice with. Wouldn't it be nice if you had your own ice?

Now you can practice whenever you want with synthetic ice by Synthetic Ice Solutions. Imagine being able to take to the ice whenever you want? You can spend hours stopping shots, practicing your moves and following whatever hockey goalie training program you can get your hands on. When you count up the cost of renting ice it will actually save you a ton of money and give you the freedom to become as good as you can be. It's easy to install in your basement, your garage or any hard and flat surface and it will last for years and years. It doesn't require any refrigeration or power, once it's set up your good to go.

Here is a video sent in by one of our customers.

Synthetic Ice Solutions is a Canadian company with more than 30 years in the plastics industry that provides top quality synthetic ice rinks at extremely competitive prices. They are simple to assemble and will provide for up to 20 years of service, and the best part is that it does not require any electricity or water. You don't have to be at the mercy of the weather to build an outdoor rink for only a small fraction of the year.

For more information or a custom quote on getting a synthetic ice rink in your basement call us at 855-2 ICE SKATE (855-242-3752) and we'd be happy to answer your questions and provide a quote.

A Plastic Ice Rink In Your Backyard All Year Round

Wayman Harten - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The video below is a great example of how you can have a plastic ice rink in your backyard all year round with synthetic ice. Many people don't know about synthetic ice but it's a plastic ice that you can skate on just like real ice using the same equipment. It's been around for many years and the product produced by Synthetic Ice Solutions today is the best that's ever been available.

How great would it be to have unlimited access to a hockey rink 365 days a year? Great for recreation or for the serious athlete that needs to train. As a training surface, skating on this type of plastic ice will make you a stronger skater too. It requires about 10-15% more effort than perfect arena ice so when you return to your traditional ice you'll be that much faster and more powerful.

The video below is a great example of a private outdoor rink that is enjoyed year round.

Synthetic Ice Solutions is a Canadian company with more than 30 years in the plastics industry that provides top quality synthetic ice rinks at extremely competitive prices. They are simple to assemble and will provide for up to 20 years of service, and the best part is that it does not require any electricity or water. You don't have to be at the mercy of the weather to build an outdoor rink for only a small fraction of the year.

For more information or a custom quote on getting a synthetic ice rink in your basement 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 Rink In Your Basement

Wayman Harten - Monday, October 21, 2013
You can have a synthetic ice rink in your basement giving you 24/7 unlimited access to practice and train for hockey, figure skating or just recreation. Our synthetic ice rinks do not require electricity or water, it is a plastic that closely simulates skating on real ice.

Check out the short video below to see for yourself!

A synthetic ice rink in your basement, garage or out on your deck is great for recreational home use, it gives kids something active to do rather than watching TV or playing video games. It can also give your kids the advantage of being able to work on their game whenever they want, not just when they have a scheduled team practice or game. Synthetic Ice Solutions will custom manufacture your rink to fit any size area. We can even provide arena panels with authentic striping to go around your rink to protect your walls.

Synthetic Ice Solutions is a Canadian company with more than 30 years in the plastics industry that provides top quality synthetic ice rinks at extremely competitive prices. They are simple to assemble and will provide for up to 20 years of service, and the best part is that it does not require any electricity or water. You don't have to be at the mercy of the weather to build an outdoor rink for only a small fraction of the year.

For more information or a custom quote on getting a synthetic ice rink in your basement call us at 855-2 ICE SKATE (855-242-3752) and we'd be happy to answer your questions and provide a quote.

Addressing Misleading Synthetic Ice Reviews and Statements

Wayman Harten - Thursday, September 12, 2013
Thank you for your interest in our product, I’d like to offer you a bit of a synthetic ice comparison to address some synthetic ice reviews and statements that have been made in the industry. We truly appreciate the support that we’ve received from people like you, it has helped us grow and become a respected and well known manufacturer and supplier of synthetic ice products for both residential & commercial applications. We have clients across Canada, the US and Europe.

There have been statements and reviews that have inaccurately stated how long our synthetic ice lasts. The fact is that our product has a life span of approx. 10 years per side. Yes! It is a double sided product, it has been designed specifically for our application - ice hockey, and related ice skating applications such as figure skating.

There are companies in the industry that have been writing misleading synthetic ice reviews and making inaccurate statements about our product, in what appears to be an attempt to justify a higher price. Some ice companies in the market place sell their product for up to as much as $25.00 per sq. ft, and they warn potential buyers to beware of the lower priced competitors, as they must be selling a lower grade of ice. Well I'm here to tell you, beware of the larger companies who are overcharging for their product, and have been for many years! It's amazing how when you give them a quote from a competitor, they will, and do drop their prices by up to as much as 50% ( just this one time though ) to gain your business. Why don't they just offer lower prices in the first place? Because they are trying to condition the ice buyer into believing higher prices = a better product, and secondly of course they don't want to!

Having been in the plastics industry now for 30 years (and counting), I can tell you this is not the way it is, I have worked hands on with these and many other plastics products over the years, we have also worked closely with the manufactures of the raw sheet stock, to come up with our customized formulation for our synthetic ice, and I remain confident that we make, offer and sell the best product available today. When a client comes in to try our ice and ask questions related to the maintenance & installation, they are truly amazed at the fluidity of the product, and how we have simplified the process for which they can install a surface "in a day" in their basements. Without exception, every client who is truly ready to buy that comes to try our synthetic ice has walked away with the decision to buy our ice. They are always so pleased with the product and of course excited to have saved money, who doesn't in today’s economy! Bring us your quotes, I personally guarantee the best price on our product!

Daily I have clients who ask if we have customer satisfaction guarantee on our ice The answer is YES, we warranty our product 100 % and do stand behind it, we will work to resolve any issues a client may have with the surface. We are proud to say, we have never had an issue or dissatisfied client yet with any of the products we have to offer! That is because we do it right, from the beginning, leaving no room for error, after all, our business's reputation depends on it!

Lastly, sorry, but due to our overwhelming success with our attention to detail in areas of customer service & product quality, we are pleased to say we do not carry any previously used or returned surfaces!

Thank you for taking the time to read my message, and we look forward to becoming your Official Synthetic Ice Supplier today! Remember.....

" When your ready to train, We've got your Ice! "

Regards,

Wayman Harten

City of Taunton Enjoys Their Public Synthetic Ice Rink

Wayman Harten - Thursday, August 29, 2013
The city of Taunton Massachusetts has purchased a synthetic ice rink from Synthetic Ice Solutions that will allow the public to come and skate through the holiday season no matter what the weather. With the seemingly more unpredictable weather as each year passes, installing a synthetic ice surface is a great way to ensure the availability of a usable ice rink no matter what the temperature. They had also considered installing an ice rink with refrigeration but found those costs to be exorbitant.
 

You can read articles in the Taunton Gazette about it here;
http://www.tauntongazette.com/x1996687708/Synthetic-ice-skating-rink-on-Taunton-Green-a-long-time-in-the-making

http://www.tauntongazette.com/x1384144179/Ice-on-the-Green-Synthetic-ice-skating-rink-to-open-at-Tauntons-Lights-On

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.