The chill in the air. The openness around you. The sound of skates hitting fresh ice with no other sounds or distractions around you. There’s just something about an outdoor rink that is simply magical. Whether using it for hockey or just for skating, you can’t go wrong when you stride on the ice outdoors.
You’ve imagined being able to do this whenever you want, but you fear you don’t have the proper know how to build a backyard rink.
The most important thing you need to decide is how serious you want to get with the rink. Do you want boards or will this just be a skating zone, similar to a pond?
We’ll get to that question a little later. First, let’s go over what any rink creator will need, no matter the rink level they are building.
Before The Ice
Slow down! We know you are excited, but in order to have a truly sustainable and long-lasting rink, you will need to add some quick groundwork before you can lay the ice down.
Liners & Starter Kits
We’ve all skated on uneven ice, whether indoors or outdoors. Do everything you can to avoid this problem and find the smoothest spot possible. Lay down a liner and you will be well on your way to having a fresh skate without annoying bumps or uneven areas.
NiceRink offers just the liner for sale, or you can buy an entire kit for everything you’ll need before laying the ice.
Iron Sleek provides you with the entire skating rink kit that includes everything you’ll need for the rink, except for the wood.
The Best Option for Year-Round Ice Surface
There are a lot of options out there for your ice surface, but only one is easily constructed and lasts into the summertime.
Your best option for a year-round skate is xSynthetic Ice. Produced in the USA, this xHockeyProducts exclusive not only supplies a smooth, slick surface for hockey training in the warmer weather, but can also be flooded over to create a real outdoor ice rink when the temperature drops. Maintenance is a cinch and its puzzle-like fit makes for easy assembly.
Maintaining the Ice
Once the ice is built, you’ll need to make sure it receives proper maintenance, like you may see at any indoor facility.
NiceIce Backyard Ice Rink Resurfacer
Better than a hose and cheaper than a Zamboni, the NiceIce Backyard Ice Rink Resurfacer uses less water, meaning less hassle than a hose. It’s portable, easy to handle and works on any surface. Choose from three different sizes to fit your home rink’s dimensions.
Backyard Rink Accessories
You’re going to need nets and rink paint, right? Make sure to check out xHockeyProducts’ various accessories sections for all of the following:
- Ice Paint
- Rink Dividers
- Rubber Mats (for walking on the rink — you never know when you’ll need a ceremonial puck drop)
Don’t forget to check out all of our training aids to hone your skills on your own rink!
A Choice When You Build a Backyard Rink – Boards
Alright, you have the ice, the lines painted and the goals on both sides … are you going all out and adding boards? It’s a tough decision: either you keep the look and feel of a frozen pond, or you make your own Winter Classic-style arena to give you the thrill (and realism) of playing at a professional rink.
If you decide to go with boards, there are plenty of options from which to choose. You can go with a mini wall or a full pro wall. No matter what you choose, you can find what you need at our Hockey Rink Dasher Boards section.
We’ve shown you what you need and all of the options that you can include to build a backyard rink, so let’s get to it!
Just like when you were in school, we recommend asking a lot of questions and researching as much as you possibly can. Only you know what you want to get out of your new rink, so only you can control what you buy and build.
Our product experts are always willing to help, so be sure to call us with any questions that arise in this process. Our staff is trained to make sure you are comfortable with every aspect of rink building. Call us at 1-888-393-2008 and someone will be happy to help you with your query.
We also recommend the following sites to get you on the right track:
- Make a Cheap Backyard Ice Skating Rink – Instructables.com
- 3 Simple Steps to a Backyard Ice Skating Rink – BobVila.com
- Zen and the Art of the Backyard Rink – The Globe and Mail
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