A pool slide might just be the most fun addition to your backyard you’ve ever invested in, but in order for you and your family to have the best time with it, you need the peace of mind that comes with knowing that it’s installed safely. Here’s what you need to know.
Installing a pool slide can transform your swimming pool. But just as with any poolside purchase, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to be sure you and your family stay safe while soaking up the sun.
The biggest concern when installing a pool slide is safety. Making sure that your slide meets all safety standards is crucial to prevent accidents and injuries, and to keeping it around as long as possible.
If you haven’t installed a new inground swimming pool yet, speak with a pool contractor to ask about size and depth requirements for having a pool slide. You wouldn’t want to install a new inground pool that won’t meet the permitting requirements for a pool slide. If a pool slide is a must-have, speak with your local pool builders about your desired pool size and pool design.
When deciding which pool slide to purchase, look for slides with features like:
Check out the available space around your pool to pick out the best spot for your slide. Consider factors such as distance to the pool’s edge, clearance from diving areas, and any obstacles. A well-thought-out layout ensures that the slide not only is easy to use with your pool, but also integrates seamlessly into the overall look of your space.
This is another reminder that not all pools accommodate pool slides! Certain pool slides may be better suited for specific pool types or depths.
Inground pools offer more flexibility in terms of slide placement and design options. However, your swimming pool must meet the layout and depth requirements within your county and neighborhood. Not all HOAs permit homeowners to install a pool slide, so be sure to check before purchasing the new addition – or before basing your pool design around this fun feature.
Durable and weather-resistant materials are essential for the longevity of your pool slide, and they can make all the difference when it comes to maintenance. Stainless steel and high-grade plastic are popular choices due to their resistance to rust and corrosion. If you can, find a slide that uses UV-resistant materials or coatings to prevent fading and deterioration over time.
Pool slides come in various sizes and designs, with some being more appropriate for young children and some being more appropriate for teenagers and adults. When choosing a slide, consider the age range of who will be using it.
Pool slides for younger kids might feature gentler slopes and smaller platforms, while those for older kids (yes, we’re including adults) will give you a more thrilling ride.
Before making a purchase, check the installation requirements of your pool slide. Some may require professional installation, while others are designed for straightforward DIY assembly. You’ll want to factor that into your budget and the time you have to set up your new slide.
Consider the maintenance needs of the slide, too. Will it need a special cleaner? A strict upkeep schedule? Choose one that aligns with your willingness and ability to perform regular upkeep.
Once you’ve carefully considered all of the above and made your purchase, it’s time to install your pool slide. If your pool slide requires professional installation, they’ll take it from here. Our swimming pool contractors and pool design specialists can help you design a pool with fun as the focal point! If you want waterfalls, pool slides, and a resort-style grotto, we can make it happen! Find your perfect pool by using our pool selector tool.
But, if you already have an inground pool and just want to try the DIY route, here’s what to expect:
Before you begin, get the necessary materials and tools together. These may include the pool slide kit, screws, a screwdriver or drill, a wrench, a level, a measuring tape, and any additional components specified by the manufacturer.
Carefully unbox the pool slide kit and inspect all the parts. Check for any damage during transportation and verify that you have all the necessary parts as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Follow the manufacturer’s assembly instructions to put together the slide. This may involve attaching ladder sections, connecting slide pieces, and securing handrails. Use the provided hardware and tools as specified in the manual.
Place the assembled slide in the chosen location next to the pool. Ensure that it aligns correctly and sits level on the ground. Use a level to confirm that the slide is not tilted or uneven.
Once the slide is in the desired position, secure it to the pool deck using the recommended screws and fasteners. Ensure that the slide is firmly anchored to keep it from moving around to much when you’re using it.
If your pool slide features a water supply system for a smoother slide experience, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to connect it to the pool’s water circulation system. This often involves attaching a hose or pipe to the designated inlet on the slide.
Before allowing anyone to use the slide, conduct a thorough stability and safety check. Confirm that all parts are securely fastened, and there are no loose parts. Test the slide by applying weight and pressure to ensure its stability.
A pool slide is a quick way to take your backyard to the next level. Just be sure to consider safety, space, and installation requirements when you’re setting it up, so you can have dun without the worry.
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