Monthly Archives: November 2014
Recently we had the opportunity to bid on a community synthetic ice rink in North Battleford, Saskatchewan Canada. I must admit I have never been there – but that will all change soon enough when the crew arrives to install this community synthetic ice rink. There were a number of significant factors that pushed our bid over the top. For one thing this is a seriously severe winter climate – not for the weak of heart – or more accurately for the weaker synthetic ice connection systems! For example the daily average temperature in the month of January is minus 17 degrees Celsius while the summer time temperatures have been known to be as high as 37 degrees Celsius. That is a massive temperature swing! Now combine that with snow, ice, rain, freezing, thawing and you start to imagine all kinds of possible issues a poor synthetic ice panel joint will suffer through. So we offered the client one of our Heavy Duty commercial synthetic ice panel joint systems called the ProFast1500-SG. This is a 15 mm thick panel made with our Ice-y-Blue700 material with infused glide enhancer. The perimeter joint is a continuously machined ridge and hollow that creates an extremely strong joint connection. Its an impressive display of German excellence in engineering and machining. This product will have no issues with the climate and therefore this community synthetic ice rink will remain safe for the skaters year round. The second significant factor that convinced the decision makers that SmartRink was the product to go with was that we could make an oval or ellipse shape (oval without a center). Like all SmartRink panels we are able to set our panels up in a brick bond or offset design. This means we can make circles, ovals, squares, skating paths or trails, whatever shape you desire for your community synthetic ice rink. The edges can be trimmed down to create a nice smooth finished perimeter. No other products can do this, where we can do it with ease, with a minimal amount of cutting and therefore very little waste – if any. Of course we could get into a lot of other reasons why we are the number one choice for any community synthetic ice rink. But on this job the strength of our connection systems and the brick bond layout clutched the deal. If you are considering a synthetic ice rink for your community then consider SmartRink. We might cost a little more, but we are safer, last longer, and can deal with any kind of weather or site conditions. In a nutshell, clients never have to worry about our products.
Read about synthetic ice rink reviews to make a more informed decision.
We get asked a lot about boards for home synthetic ice hockey rinks and commercial synthetic ice rinks. The commercial rinks frankly are easier because there are some great companies out there making high quality perimeter arena board systems. They range from molded plastic to high end NHL style pro systems with various upper containment options. But when it comes to a safe, durable, good looking system for inside or outside home applications – frankly the industry has come up short – until now.
Recently we installed a 48 ft x 30 ft backyard rink on a raised wooden platform. The area was very uneven and it was more cost effective for the owner to build a platform than to pt in retaining walls and pour concrete. So we had very little margin for error in this job and we wanted to be able to maximize the usable space. So we challenged a fabricator to come up with a super strong but lighter duty board system that would stand up to 20 years of backyard hockey abuse.
What they came up with was the ProLite hockey board system. The frame on this system is incredibly only 1.5 inches thick but its welded aluminum and is very strong. Its cladded with a 1/2 inch TPO material which is especially great for outside installations as it has minimal expansion and contraction due to weather variances.
For lateral stability they recommended using a dipped galvanized steel stabilizer that connected to each eight foot section and was easily bolted together with stainless steel hardware.
There was a total of four gates in this rink. The owner’s plan was to use two for player bench doors and then one at the end for snow blower access and then a general access door opposite the players benches. Each door was 36″ wide and was attached using heavy stainless hardware mounted to the aluminum frames.
Finally we placed netting around the rink so that the neighbours would be safe from flying pucks!
All in all this is an impressive “light-duty” system that will last decades in reality and should easily withstand any family or community rink application – indoors or out.
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