Choosing a Pool Slide
Pool slides can be crazy fun. Every loves a fun slide with a big splash at the end. However, certain safety precautions need to be followed. A swimming pool contractor such as Signature Pools of Texas can give homeowners pointers on picking a pool to build that will best suit a slide, picking a slide if you already have a pool, and the best way to maintain both so you have years of fun ahead. Here are a few things to consider when deciding if you want a pool slide.
The Type of Pool
Some pools are just not appropriate for pool slides. These include lap pools and those infinity pools that have nary a ripple and seem to blend into the horizon. Even if a pool seems big, deep and family-friendly to the owner, communities have regulations about what sort of pools can have slides. Not only this, but states regulate the angle, type of steps, ladders, handrails, curvature, load-bearing capacity, slip resistance and other aspects of a pool slide. Professionals are usually happy to enlighten their customers about these rules and regulations as it’s the best way to be sure you’re getting the pool you want that will serve the purpose you intend.
A pool slide requires a surprising amount of space. Even a smaller slide might need a large dedicated area of the pool deck. If the deck is too small, people can find themselves squeezing between the slide’s ladder and the fence or having to duck under the slide itself. One tip is that straight slides take up more space, while spiral slides take up a bit less. Plus, they’re more fun.
Even though it may be possible to do so, the slide shouldn’t be placed in the middle of the patio or deck. These places are for hanging out, and their peacefulness will be disrupted with a constant stream of kids and other people wanting to use the slide. A good place to build the slide is at the pool’s deep end or at a corner directly across from the patio. This allows parents keep an eye on the kids, and enjoy the slide vicariously.
Pool Slide Appearance
Pool slides used to be made largely of acrylic, and they used to be only white or blue. Now, they come in many colors, mimic materials such as stone and are made of polyethylene plastic or fiberglass gelcoat. These materials can be easily molded into all kinds of shapes but are durable, can stand heavy impacts, resist chemicals and rust and won’t fade. This makes them different from the traditional acrylic pool slide, which does tend to bleach over time. Since slides are out in the open and used frequently during the warm months, acrylic slides can quickly start to look beaten up. They shouldn’t be painted but glazed and polished from time to time. It’s also a good idea to make sure that a pool slide is compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Some pool slides are inflatable. A homeowner can use a blower to inflate them, and they don’t even need to be attached to a swimming pool, though they’re lots of fun if they are. Just attach them to a hose for fun in the sun. This is a great option that isn’t permanent.
Whether you want a pool or not, talking to your pool designer is a great way to decide what is best for your pool vision.