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Ice & Skate Backyard Ice Rinks - FAQ


Ice & Skate Backyard Ice Rinks


Review the answers to common questions about
Ice & Skate Ice Rinks, below. If you have additional questions or need more specific information, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-983-7665.


  1. We Live In A Warm Climate. Will a Ice & Skate Ice Rink Work In Our Yard?
  2. How Does The Ice & Skate Backyard Ice Rink Work?
  3. Does The Ground In My Yard Need To Be Exactly Level?
  4. How Long Will Set-Up Take?
  5. How Thick Does The Ice In The Rink Need To Be?
  6. Will a Ice & Skate Ice Rink Damage My Grass?
  7. How Fast Will The Water In The Ice Rink Freeze?
  8. What Do I Do If I See An Air Pocket In The Ice?
  9. Do I Build My Ice & Skate Backyard Ice Rink On The Ground, Or On Snow?
  10. Will Ice Skates Cut The Liner Of My Ice Rink?
  11. How Do I Maintain The Surface Of The Ice?
  12. What Happens At The End Of Skating Season?
  13. Do I Need A Full Size Ice Rink To Skate Well?
  14. When is The Best Time to Install My Backyard Ice Rink?
  15. Can I Over Flood The Ice Rink?
  16. Should I Use Cold Or Hot Water To Fill The Ice Rink?
 
  1. We Live In A Warm Climate. Will a Ice & Skate Ice Rink Work In Our Yard? Our Ice Rinks work on the principle of water freezing at 32°F (0°C) or below to create ice, so they are suitable for any geography that is cold enough in December, January & February to allow for a good solid sheet of ice. If you are unsure, refer to area weather records for prior seasons.


  2. How Does The Ice & Skate Backyard Ice Rink Work? Ice & Skate Backyard Ice Rinks solve the installation problems that are often associated with building your own Backyard Ice Rink. We truly offers a product that’s easy to set-up, and that will stand up to years of winter fun. Your Ice & Skate Ice Rink arrives as a "complete" kit that allows you to easily and quickly set-up the frame that holds the Liner & water. Everything is in one plain white box - the frame components, the Liner and a unique cap system that protects the Liner from ice skate & shovel cuts. No tools or truckloads of lumber required! And each Kit includes detailed instructions & an instructional video that walks you through the process, step by step.


  3. Does The Ground In My Yard Need To Be Exactly Level? No. Our Ice & Skate Ice Rinks are specifically designed to allow for set-up on uneven ground. The instructions that come with the Rink show you how easy it is to level the border (to compensate for any level drop, up to 10”). The greater the drop, the more prep work involved. Before set-up, we suggest that you carefully measure the slope of your yard, to make sure that you select the most level site.


  4. How Long Will Set-Up Take? If this is your first Backyard Ice Rink & you are working on fairly level ground, it will take an average of 1 to 3 hours to prepare the Rink to fill with water. If the ground is not level, you will need additional time to adjust the frame to make it level.


  5. How Thick Does The Ice In The Rink Need To Be? You will need a minimum of 2'' (two inches) in order for the ice to hold the weight of a 300 lb person & remain solid.


  6. Will a Ice & Skate Ice Rink Damage My Grass? NO! Both the PVC tubing & the specially composed polyethylene Liner will not affect grass because it is dormant during the cold winter months. The only way you might damage your grass is if you leave the plastic Liner on the ground too long after the winter season is over.


  7. How Fast Will The Water In The Ice Rink Freeze? For a depth of 2 inches, here are some general guidelines based on varying outdoor temperatures. Remember that water freezes from the ground up, and that there is nothing that can be done to water to make it freeze faster:
    For -20°F: 20 hours
    For -15°F: 24 hours
    For 0°F: 2 days
    For 5°F: 2-5 days
    For 30°F: 5+ days


  8. What Do I Do If I See An Air Pocket In The Ice? Fill the pocket with slush & allow it to freeze.


  9. Do I Build My Ice & Skate Backyard Ice Rink On The Ground, Or On Snow? Either! It's easy to set up your Ice Rink on a solid base of snow because all you do is hollow out a space and insert the kit assembly. However, this should only be done in areas where you have a consistent snow base. If the snow melts from under the Ice Rink, it will make the Ice Rink unusable, and could cause a mess. In regions with little or no snow, just set up your Ice Rink on ‘clean’ ground (free of debris, rocks, sticks, etc under the Liner). Ideally, the best places to set up your new ice Rink are on solid surfaces such as tennis or basketball courts, because there is virtually no need to level the surface.


  10. Will Ice Skates Cut The Liner Of My Ice Rink? Absolutely not! That’s one of the key benefits of our Backyard Ice Rinks - they feature a Liner protection system that uses flexible ribbed PVC caps that snap over the frame, protecting the Liner from shovel & skate cuts. Duct tape can be used to repair any small holes in the Liner. If needed, replacement Liners & protective caps are available separately.


  11. How Do I Maintain The Surface Of The Ice? We recommend an Ice Groomer, which is an ice re-surfacing tool you connect to a garden hose and pull behind you across the surface of the ice. Ice Groomers are an easy way to get a great, smooth surface. If you do not have an Ice Groomer, you can also spray (or 'flood') a very thin layer of water over the existing ice, using your garden hose. For areas of bumpy ice, we suggest softening the surface with hot water, then smoothing it out with a flat piece of metal, such as a trowel. Cracks can then be filled with warm water and smoothed over.


  12. What Happens At The End Of Skating Season? When the weather begins to warm up, most of the water within your Ice Rink will evaporate over a few days time. If you still have a lot of water due to sudden rise in temperature or substantial rain, simply open up the Ice Rink at the lowest level and slowly let the water drain out. Then carefully take the Rink apart, dry off all the parts and store them in the box until next year. To avoid ruining your grass, be sure to remove the Liner before the spring, too.


  13. Do I Need A Full Size Ice Rink To Skate Well? No. Even if you only have room for a small Ice Rink, you & your family can still enjoy hours of winter skating. Of course, larger Ice Rinks will safely accommodate a greater number of people, as well as a greater variety of activities and games.


  14. When is The Best Time to Install My Backyard Ice Rink? Your new Ice Rink can be set up anytime after the onset of cold weather. It is always best to fill the Liner as soon as it is in place, to prevent accidental damage from wind, animals, debris under the Liner, or walking on the Liner with certain types of shoes.


  15. Can I Over Flood The Ice Rink? Yes. Too much water can cause the water to freeze in slivers, which is not the ideal surface for skating. We suggest you apply thin applications, repeatedly. Make sure the water has frozen before you apply the next layer.


  16. Should I Use Cold Or Hot Water To Fill The Ice Rink? Cold water is best for building up depth. Hot water makes for a stronger, smoother surface after a base depth is established. At least one hot water flood is recommended before skating for the first time.

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