The 5 Best Ice Rink Liners we found on Amazon, and Why!

After 10 years of building backyard ice rinks, I have been through a lot of backyard ice rink liners. There are really 2 types. Vinyl sheet, which is a thick plastic material cut from a huge roll. This stuff is used in construction, and is usually included with BYR kits. The second type is a poly tarp. I have used both, and now I stick to poly tarps. They make a great ice rink liner, last much longer, and are way better priced. You can usually find a tarp in pretty much any size to fit your needs, and you’ll get multiple seasons out of a good quality one.

Our list below is the top 5 we’ve found available right now on Amazon. Several we have used in the past, but I would confidently use any one on this list for my own rink. You can see some of the past rinks we’ve built here.

economy backyard rink liner

Our most economical recommendation for a good sized liner for an ice rink is this 20×40 tarp from E&K.
You’ll be able to make an 18×38′ rink out of this. Maybe a little larger if you have a good flat surface. its 10mil thickness will easily last a season or two, and is a great price point for a first time rink builder.

12mil tarp for backyard skating rink DIY

This 25×45 12mil tarp is great for 20×40 rinks. The extra material is perfect for deeper rinks, to provide higher side wall coverage. 17,000 consumers gave this tarp a 4.5 star rating although the grommet issue is apparent on this tarp as well. However its perfect for a DIY skating rink.

backyard rink tarp

This Tarp, made by Harpster is huge at 30×50, and well priced for the size and technology used. Its thinner and light weight, but both sides are laminated to provide a strong waterproof surface. The seams and hems are all heat sealed too so this one will not leak. This one only received a 3 star amazon rating, but thats because of the grommets, which don’t apply when you’re using it for a backyard rink liner.

tarp for ice rink

This Hydra Tarp is a close second, and better suited for a smaller rink. At 24×36, its the perfect size for a 20×30 rink, with enough overlap that you’ll be able to reposition it each season to maximize the lifespan. It’s also well suited if your rink is a little deeper, and your surface isn’t level.

backyard ice rink tarp

With over 17,000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, this 30×50 Ultra Thick Poly Tarp is probably the most expensive on our list, but it’s also extremely durable. We’ve used a liner like this one that was also 20mil think, and got 4 seasons out of it. It resists cuts much better than thinner liners, and will be good for several seasons on your Back Yard Rink.

Once you’ve found a good liner, you’ll want to bedazzle your rink with some awesome lights too. Check out our rink lights here.

Here is a good article on how to line your Backyard Rink.

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