Things to Keep in Mind before You Install a Swimming Pool Slide

swimming-pool-slideA swimming pool slide will make using the swimming pool more enjoyable. It may be a freestanding slide or one that is integrated into the landscaping and waterfall. Children and even some adults will enjoy their time in the swimming pool when a slide is installed. But, you should take note of the building codes in your area before you install a slide in your pool.

Pool Size

You should consider the type of swimming pool you have in the backyard. Some pools, like an infinity pool, are made to appear elegant and stylish.

The slide will not look good in these types of pools. A slide is also not suitable for a narrow lap pool. It may not also pass the rules set for these pools. You can hire an experienced contractor to advise you in deciding if your pool is suitable enough for a slide.

Things to consider when evaluating the size of the pool:

  • Does the pool deck have enough space for a slide?
  • A small slide needs at least eight feet of space on the deck. Bigger straight slides can be over 13 feet in size when measured from the pool’s edge to the ladder.
  • Right-hand or left-hand spiraling or curving slides do not take up much room. They are also more enjoyable to use by the swimmers.

Location

The space in your backyard is important. You should take into account that slides need an area of eight by fifteen feet depending on the type of slide. If there is no suitable decking around your slide, you can obstruct access. This may force you and your guests to walk around the deck or go under the slide to go to the other side.

When the slide is placed within the deck seating or patio area, it will disrupt conversations due to all the activity on the slide. It will also make is a challenge to relax on the patio. You can place the slide on the corner or the end of the pool. The slide can also face the deck seating or patio area. This allows you to monitor the children as they have fun on the slide.

Pool Slide Safety Regulations

The pool should be deeper if the slide is high. You should also look into the safety regulations and codes in your area before installing the slide.

  • Threads should be placed on the stairs, ramps, steps, and ladders of the pool slide. It should also have an incline angle of at least fifteen degrees.
  • The angle of the ladder or steps of the slide should ensure the sliders are fully balanced when going up the ladder or steps.
  • The steps of the slide should comply with the set dimensions, slip resistance, performance requirements, and tread curvature. You should look into the requirements of your county and state.
  • The fasteners on the slide should be tough and not easily damage. They should be less prone to cracking or becoming loose.
  • There is a minimum dimension for ladder platforms featuring slip-resistant surfaces on the top. The requirements are also applicable to handrails.
  • The slide should be able to support a weight of at least 300 lbs.
  • Specific positions, designs, length, and extensive height are set for the handrails.
  • The slides should be wet to ensure safety while sliding.
  • You should shake the slide when servicing the pool. This allows you to check for loose bolts. The bolts can also rust due to the water on the swimming pool deck.
  • Look for any leaks on the water supply line. This can result in a lower water level and cause the equipment to run dry. This situation calls for costly repairs.

Maintenance

Swimming pool slides are exposed to the elements since they are located outside. This causes them to quickly discolor. You can restore their appearance using a glaze or polish kit. Painting weather beaten slides should not be painted. Continuous sliding and extreme temperature exposure can worsen the appearance of the surface. Slides that are painted can oxidize. In this situation, the bottoms and backs of the swimmer will have powdery streaks after they use the slide.

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