When you're deciding which backyard ice rink concept is best suited to your needs, you have several options to consider.
The construction of this ice rink does not require any liner or boards.
Making ice this way is the most difficult and time consuming. However, as long as you have enough consistent cold winter weather to support this rink concept, the final result of this ice is excellent. The ice will be as good as any ice on any outdoor rink which allows Mother Nature to freeze the ice.
The advantages for an old fashioned (traditional) outdoor skating rink:
There is a significant disadvantage to a traditional backyard ice rink:
If you do not have an ice rink budget, want ice and don't mind the labor, this backyard ice rink concept will provide you a typical outdoor skating rink.
If you like this backyard ice rink concept and want to find out how to build it, visit my page on how to build a rink using the Old Fashion Backyard Rink Style.
The construction of this ice rink requires a liner and boards. You have the choice of making or buying the boards.
Making ice using a rink liner is pretty simple and less time consuming than using the Traditional Method.
You will absolutely have to invest a small amount of money, but you’ll incur the cost in the first season and you can reuse most of the materials purchased through the following years, with little or almost no cost thereafter. The cost is also much less than the Refrigerated Method (explained below).
There are many advantages to using the plastic liner method and making your own (or buying your own) rink boards:
I also set up my rink structure by October and avoid spending too much time outside making ice during the really cold month of November.
If you feel this is the backyard ice rink concept is for you, and want to find out how to build it, visit my page on how to build a rink using the Liner Method.
If your budget is unlimited and you want the most professional looking outdoor skating rink or backyard hockey rink, then this surely is the right backyard ice rink concept for you!
If you feel this is the backyard ice rink concept is for you, and want to find out how to buy it, visit my page on the Refrigerated Method.
It is very important to figure out which backyard ice rink concept will be right for you over the next couple years ... so plan carefully!