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Synthetic Ice

D1 Synthetic Ice is MADE IN THE U.S.A.

We offer multiple Synthetic Ice options.

Selecting Synthetic Ice that is the best fit for you involves a few factors such as Rink Size, Location, Planned Use & Budget. Our rink designers will recommend the best solution for your rink project.

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D1 Glide Infused Self-Lubricated Pro Synthetic Ice

This exceptionally fast and smooth skating surface is 100% maintenance free. The glide solution is infused into and throughout the Synthetic Ice panel, which results in great glide properties without the need for additional topical lubricants. The Pro Ice is dry to the touch, but we recommend it be used with skates only to ensure the best performance possible.

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D1 High Performance Synthetic Ice

This is our best-value and #1 selling Synthetic Ice!  D1 High Performance Synthetic Ice offers the same great skating experience as the D1 Pro Ice, but does require an occasional light application of our D1 Glide Solution (like Windex® on glass). The High Performance Ice also offers you the opportunity to use your rink with either skates or shoes & socks, which is a common use with indoor rinks.

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Competition is a Good Thing

There are many great synthetic ice companies to choose from. Why pick D1?

We sell thousands of Synthetic Ice panels each year and we have had zero returns. Literally, no returns. From the research we’ve done, we believe we manufacturer and sell more Synthetic Ice than most of our competitors.

While we sell a lot of Synthetic Ice, we manufacturer and sell even more Hockey Boards. We can provide you with a complete rink solution.

We are fanatical about quality! Each time we produce a batch of Synthetic Ice, we follow a rigorous test plan to ensure the Synthetic Ice meets our skating standards. The same holds true for each rink we ship. We expect each rink to arrive unblemished and flawless at it’s destination. Three D1 team members and a shop supervisor carefully pack and inspect each rink before it leaves our workshop in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

We will support your rink installation until the last Synthetic Ice panel has been laid down or Hockey Board has been installed. We are a very responsive organization. You will receive superior customer support by phone, email and even text!

We may follow-up on your inquiry to make sure your questions have been answered, but we don’t oversell!! Our work product and the thousands of satisfied D1 customers to date speaks for itself.

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Both D1 Synthetic Ice options are:

  • Stabilized with a UV Inhibitor to protect against the sun
  • Tested and verified to withstand extreme cold or hot temperatures, resulting in durability and long life both indoor or outdoors
  • Available in panels measuring 45″wide x 93″ long
  • Available in 3/8″ thickness (60 lbs per panel) or 1/2″ thickness (80 lbs per panel)
  • Features a dovetail pattern for easy “self-locking” and installation.
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The following customers buy D1 Synthetic Ice Rinks:

  • Homeowners…to make garage, basement and backyard synthetic ice rinks for year round use
  • Hockey Associations & Arenas…for their dedicated training areas
  • Coaches…for specialized group and individual training
  • Camps & Clinics….for large and small group instruction
  • Park & Rec Centers…for public synthetic ice rinks
  • Fairs & Special Events…for public synthetic ice rinks
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Your Synthetic Ice rink setup will be much easier with the help of another person. The 3/8” panels weigh 60 lbs. each and the 1/2” panels each weigh 80 lbs. Two people each carrying an end of one panel is the easiest method for moving the Synthetic Ice panels from place to place. Gloves are also recommended.

Please Note:

There are 4 unique sides to each panel. For example, the left side of the panel will only connect to the right side of the next panel and the top of the panel will only connect to the bottom of the next panel and so on. When you lift the Synthetic Ice panels off the pallet, it is important to maintain the same pattern as you carry them to the installation area.

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What is D1 Synthetic Ice?

In plain terms, D1 Synthetic Ice is a plastic material. The density and rigidity of the Synthetic Ice and its textured surface, when coupled with lubricants, creates a surface akin to real ice for skating purposes.

Does D1 Synthetic Ice require a spray?

The D1 Glide Infused Self Lubricated Pro Synthetic Ice is an exceptionally fast and smooth skating surface that is 100% maintenance free. The glide solution is infused into and throughout the Synthetic Ice panel, which results in great glide properties without the need for additional topical lubricants. The Pro Ice is dry to the touch, but we recommend it be used with skates only to ensure the best performance possible.

D1 High Performance Synthetic Ice is our best-value Synthetic Ice. D1 High Performance Synthetic Ice offers the same great skating experience as the D1 Pro Ice, but does require an occasional light application of our D1 Glide Solution (like Windex® on glass). The High Performance Synthetic Ice also offers you the opportunity to use your rink with either skates or shoes & socks, which is a common use with indoor rinks.

What is the difference between D1 Synthetic Ice and Natural Ice?

The sensation of skating on D1 Synthetic Ice is the same as natural ice. The strides, stops, turns, etc. use the same technique. However, skating on Synthetic Ice requires about 10-15% extra effort, which makes it a great tool for training and developing an explosive skating stride.

Will a hockey puck slide the same on D1 Synthetic Ice?

Yes, a hockey puck slides and moves very well across D1 Synthetic Ice. The expected feel of the puck on the stick is about 95% of natural ice.

Can regular skates be used?

Any Synthetic Ice available will dull skates more quickly than natural ice. D1 Synthetic Ice will NOT damage your skates.

What preparation is needed before the Synthetic Ice installation?

A hard, flat surface is required. A cement slab, wood platform, asphalt, patio pavers, crushed rock are each viable sub surfaces on which to directly install D1 Synthetic Ice.

Can Synthetic Ice be installed on grass?

No, D1 Synthetic Ice cannot be installed directly on grass. At a minimum, a cement slab or wood platform will need to be built to provide the adequate sub surface above the grass.

Will I need any special tools to install a Synthetic Ice rink?

A 4 pound rubber mallet is required to pound the interlocking dovetails together to lock panels into place. If cutting is required, a circular saw will be needed.

Can Synthetic Ice be used in above and below freezing temperatures?

Yes, absolutely. D1 Synthetic Ice may be used year long in the extreme heat and sun of the summer and the bitter cold of the winter.

How often do I need to clean a Synthetic Ice rink?

D1 Synthetic Ice requires very little cleaning. Simply keep the ice free and clear of debris. D1 Synthetic Ice will require cleaning with “green” agents after numerable skating sessions. Cleaning intervals may increase if there is heavy usage.

How often will I need to resurface the Synthetic Ice rink?

D1 Synthetic Ice doesn’t require resurfacing per se. Should the ice become dirty or full of debris, simply broom sweep the surface and mop it with regular soap and water. A floor scrubber may also be used, but is not required.

Do I need to build a roof over a Synthetic Ice rink if it is outdoors?

No. D1 Synthetic Ice possesses a UV Stabilizer additive, which protects the ice from the sun. Rain water or snow will not affect the performance of the ice. In fact, water helps to clean the ice.

What is the expected lifespan of Synthetic Ice?

D1 Synthetic Ice is expected to last a long time. For extended life, simply flip over the D1 Synthetic Ice panels.

Does Synthetic Ice have a warranty?

D1 Ice offers the following warranties:

  • D1 Glide Infused Self Lubricating Synthetic Ice (1/2″): 5 years
  • D1 Glide Infused Self Lubricating Synthetic Ice (3/8″): 3 years
  • D1 High Performance Synthetic Ice (1/2″): 5 years
  • D1 High Performance Synthetic Ice (3/8″): 3 years
When is the best time to install a Synthetic Ice rink?

There is no particular time of year better than others for installing a synthetic ice rink.

Is it possible to expand the Synthetic Ice rink at a later date?

Yes, additional panels may be purchased and easily connected with an existing rink system.

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  • As Needed
  • Weekly – Bi Weekly or As Needed
  • Scrub As Needed
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Remove all plastic shavings and debris from the rink. Sweep up and vacuum entire rink surface. Use of a leaf blower for large facilities will speed up the process. Blow the shavings into one pile and scoop up. Shavings are normal and expected!

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Weekly – Bi Weekly or As Needed
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