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4 Backyard Ice Rink Myths: Debunked

September 22, 2016
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Now that the kids are back at school, many parents and kids are thinking about their fall and winter sport participation. If your kids love playing hockey or enjoy spending time skating on the ice rink in the colder months, you may have considered installing a homemade ice rink in your backyard. However, some people have concerns about building a back yard ice rink. These concerns are largely unnecessary, but these myths are still often cited as reasons not to pursue home ice rink installation. Since these myths are so commonplace (we're asked about them all the time!), we've compiled a list of the top four back yard ice rink myths -- and we've debunked them for you, too.

  1. You should wait until winter to install a home ice rink

    Actually, you should install your backyard ice skating rink just prior to the onset of freezing weather. This is because you want everything to be set up and ready before the freeze hits, so that you aren't stuck doing that in cold temperatures. You also don't want to try to set up your backyard ice skating rink once the ground has already frozen -- that will make work very difficult. In most areas, late fall (around Thanksgiving or a little before) is a good target time to install your rink. You should lay out your ice rink liner two to three weeks after installation, and check the weather forecast to know when to fill with water.

  2. Any kind of backyard rink will ruin my lawn

    Although it's never 100% guaranteed, the majority of our ice rink liners are 99.9% successful in allowing your grass to grow back just as well as before, once the rink is taken down in the spring. In fact, grass that comes up where the rink was tends to be healthier afterwards! That's because our white liners reflect UV light away from your grass to help preserve it. Stay away from woven tarp liners and black liners -- these will harm your lawn and kill grass.

  3. You need a perfectly level, large area

    The truth is, no yard is perfectly level, and you don't have to level your yard in order to install a back yard ice rink. You just need to measure the slope of your yard prior to buying and installing your home ice rink. The water for your rink will actually seek its own level, so a slight slope is nothing to worry about. That being said, it is a good idea to remove any large or sharp objects from your lawn prior to installation, and use a laser level to check the slope. If you don't have a large area for a backyard rink, no problem! Even if you have room for only a 20' x 40' rink, you and your family can enjoy hours of wintertime fun. Plus, you can always expand the rink later by using a larger liner and additional components.

  4. Backyard rinks are expensive

    Contrary to popular belief, we offer many different kinds of rinks that can suit any budget. Our backyard rinks range anywhere from $340 up to $25,000. It all depends on your needs. Whether you want a simple, cost-effective option or desire a professional-grade system with all the bells and whistles, we have a package that can fit your desires.

If you thought a back yard rink wasn't a viable option for you, we hope these busted myths will make you reconsider. Building a back yard ice rink is a great way for parents and kids to spend quality time together outdoors, while having fun and staying active. Up to 67% of American teens say they'd like to spend more time with their parents -- and building a backyard rink the whole family can enjoy will not only provide hours of entertainment, but will help your family strengthen shared bonds and experiences. Contact us today to get started on building your backyard rink for this winter!

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