WHY QUALITY ICE MATTERS
Reliable ice is the foundation of what will keep your ice rink project operating smoothly—in more ways than one! The following outlines what you need to know to be prepared for your season.
MAINTAINING ICE THICKNESS
We recommend roughly 2.75” to 3.25” of ice thickness. Thinner ice will naturally run the risk of skaters skating over the piping and causing damages and leaks. Ice that is too thick, however, runs up your electricity bill and compromises the quality of the ice floor. More ice means more energy needed to keep the ice cold. It also leads to a much longer time period needed to thaw the ice by the end of your operating season.
ICE SURFACE AND SAFETY
Quality ice requires that the topmost layer be smooth and without cracks. This is a major consideration when it comes to safety, as well. With a consistent and even surface, you ensure against the chances that your skaters will lose control or fall.
Ambient temperature also affects the quality of the ice. Whether the ice rink is indoors or outdoors, factors like heat and humidity and wind play a significant role that can lead to ridges and precipitation onto the ice surface. This can lead to uneven ice, which again affects the safety of the skaters.
Our Ice-America Ice Experts will be guiding you and your team on all the ways to troubleshoot in case of these events. Making necessary adjustments to the freezing unit to combat the ambient temperature and examining ventilation options are among a few of our solutions.
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