If you love to play ice hockey or enjoy ice skating, you do not have to haul you and your kids to the public hockey arena or manage the time sharing schedule. You can build an arena right in your own backyard in as little as two hours with the right kit. It is not necessary to drag out all of your tools and run to the lumber yard, because there are quality kits you can order online that snap together easily—no tools or wood required.
According to SB Nation, at least 1.64 million people around the world play some sort of organized ice hockey. If you belong to a hockey team or just enjoy skating around with your family, you can quickly put together a backyard rink that the whole family will enjoy. The kits are inexpensive and can be purchased in many different sizes to fit your own space. Your family can have an entire winter season of fun in your own yard with only a couple hours of set up time.
Once you have decided where to put it and how big it should be, you can order your kit. It will come with a heavy-duty polyethylene liner and telescoping pipes that are a cinch to snap together. Companies use polyethylene construction for the liners and poles because the material can take the frigid temperatures without cracking or breaking, which is not the case with PVC pipes. You simply spread your liner on the ground and the piping snaps together to form a frame. After it is built, just fill it with water, let it freeze, and you are ready for frozen fun.
Another great advantage of having your own backyard rink is how easy they are to maintain if you have a backyard ice resurfacer. When your family and friends are skating across the ice, their blades naturally put deep scratches and crevices along the surface. Fluctuations in outdoor temperatures can cause slight surface melting and re-freezing, which results in humps and ridges. Left untreated, the ice surface makes skating difficult and hazardous. Fortunately, a backyard ice resurfacer makes the surface perfect again in no time and ready for your kids’ hockey game or skating practice.
Ice resurfacers are made of light, durable metal and are used like a push broom. Instead of bristles, the head of the FloodMaster backyard ice resurfacer is lined with terry cloth, and all you have to do is connect it to your garden hose. As you brush the terry cloth head across the ice, a measured amount of water streams through it. You get a smooth layer of water without bubbles that instantly freezes on the surface. In about an hour, you will have a perfect ice surface without flaws or ridges. RinkMaster is one company that makes its ice resurfacer out of non-rusting aluminum instead of breakable plastic parts. Some backyard ice rinks can even be ordered online and delivered free of charge, for example, RinkMaster advertises that orders from Ontario can arrive in as little 24 hours.
Just imagine how much fun you and your family can have on your own lawn even when it’s blanketed with snow. With simple maintenance, you will enjoy it all season. After winter, it is easy to take it apart and store for next year and you can enjoy the benefits of a lovely skating surface without leaving your backyard.