No matter if you are building a new pool or remodeling your existing one, adding a slide is a great way to add excitement to your summer. However, not all pool slides are created equal, and you cannot just put a slide anywhere in your pool. Consider the following when determining if a slide is right for you.
Types Of Pool Slides
Older slide models typically only came in white or sky blue. Now, you have plenty of options to choose from, as today’s slides come in a variety of colors. You’ll be able to find an earth-toned color that matches your pool deck and surrounding area so that the slide does not awkwardly stand out.
A large variety of slides are available for your swimming pool. Your swimming pool contractor should have an extensive list of the slides available for you to choose from.
Where To Place Your Slide
Most slides require a minimum of approximately four feet of water depth to be installed. You’ll need to find a spot in your pool where this is the case – most likely the deep end. A depth of four feet eliminates most shallow ends, in addition to sloped or angled walls of the deep end. But, you should also consider who is using the slide. If younger children are going to frequently use the slide, you should factor this into your slide’s location. Water that is too deep can be dangerous. So is water that is too shallow.
If possible, you should place your slide near a ladder or stairs so that people can easily exit the pool after going down the slide. Additionally, you can increase the aesthetic appeal of your slide by placing it in an area where people will see it. Not only will you be able to see everyone having fun, but the rushing water will double as a waterfall in your pool!
Requirements For A Pool Slide
The biggest requirement for a slide is the deck space needed to install the slide. This can vary from 4’x8’ for a small slide to 8’x12’ for a larger slide.
Given the specialized nature of pool slides, it would be best to discuss your options with one of our specialists.