Swimming Pool Slides
Having a pool in your backyard can be one of life's greatest treasures and can provide hours of fun, entertainment and relaxation for kids and adults alike. Possibly the only thing that could make having a pool even more fun would be having a pool slide.
Types of Swimming Pool Slides
It is quite possible to find the perfect pool slide to fit your family, your pool and your budget. Many companies offer designer colors as well as decorative facades, such as stone, to match your pool area perfectly.
1. Pool Slide Construction
Most residential pool slides are made of fiberglass or specialized acrylics and include metal ladders. Ladders are usually stainless steel and may also be encased in the same material as the slide or a heavy duty plastic.
2. Pool Slides Shapes
Slides range from straight angle slides, to tunnels, s-shaped, right-curved, left-curved and more. Curved slides can save space if yours is limited.
3. Colorful Pool Slides
While varying shades of blue remain the most popular colors for pool slides, other colors such as red, white, gray or ivory are available. Slides with interesting facades tend to come in more natural colors.
4. Size of Pool Slide
Pool slides can range between three and ten feet tall. When considering what size pool slide to purchase, measure the area in which the slide will be installed as well as take into consideration the required depth of the pool below the slide. Another important consideration is the ages of your children. Some slides are geared towards smaller children, while some slides are manufactured for adult use. Most slides have weight limits as well. Making sure your pool slide is age-appropriate will help ensure the safety of your family and your friends who use the slide.
5. Pool Slides with Flumes
Flumes pump water down the slide, allowing for less friction and a faster ride. These are common and can be found on many different slide models.
Installation of Swimming Pool Slides
Unless you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer or a professional installer, you will probably need someone from the manufacturer or retail outlet to install your slide. However, anchor kits and instructions are readily available. Again, you will want to take into consideration the size of the space where you intend to install and the depth requirement of the slide you choose. Many pool slides can also be used for both in-ground and above-ground pools.
Pool Slide Maintenance
The materials used in the construction of pool slides are susceptible to wear and tear and maintenance will more than likely have to be performed during the life of the slide. Retailers sell easy-to-use polish and glaze kits to repair cracks and restore appearance. Slide covers are also sold, and if used consistently and properly, can reduce wear and tear on your pool slide significantly.
As with any investment, you should make yourself knowledgeable about the slide you are preparing to buy and shop around for what you feel is the best overall deal. A little time spent in the beginning can save a lot of time, sweat and money in the long run.