If you live in an area where the winters are long and temperatures stay near freezing or below for an extended period of time, your backyard is just about useless for several months out of the year. By incorporating a backyard ice rink you will be transforming your property into a place where everyone in the neighborhood can have a lot of fun in spite of the cold weather. If this is something that you are considering, you most likely have some questions and concerns about installation. Here are a few of the most common.
What Climate Works Best for a Backyard Ice Rink?
The ideal climate for a backyard ice rink would be one that provides a temperature that steadily remains below freezing. If you live in an area where the daytime winter temperature rises above freezing and only dips below freezing at night, an ice rink is not a good idea.
How Level Does the Yard Need to Be?
Your yard actually does not have to be completely level for an ice rink to be installed by a professional. The contractor will be installing a perimeter that can be adjusted to allow for slope and slight variations in the surface level of the yard.
How Is the Surface of the Ice Maintained?
When you are using your backyard ice rink on a regular basis, it will not be uncommon for the ice to be compromised with scraped, dings, and damage. It is recommended that you invest in an ice groomer that will help keep the surface smooth and safe for skating. You can also achieve a smooth surface by adding a thin layer of water to the surface with your water hose.
How Thick Will the Ice Be?
The thickness of your ice skating rink should be around two inches. Anything much thinner than this will be prone to breakage with weight, and thicker ice will be harder to keep frozen solid during slight temperatures rises.
When the Cold Season Is Over, What Happens to the Rink?
When the weather starts to warm, the ice in your rink will melt gradually and most of it will evaporate without the need to be drained. However, if temperature changes occur quickly, you may need to open the drainage perimeter to allow water to get out. Once the rink is drained and dry, you can remove perimeter materials and store them away for the season.
You will be amazed at just how simple it can be to have a backyard ice rink installed on your property. With the help of a professional installer, your new rink can be installed in as little as a few hours and be ready for use by the next day. Talk to an ice rink installer in your area for if you have further questions and concerns.