Turn Your Pool into an Exciting Water Park with a Custom Water Slide
Water slides are the ultimate in backyard pool fun and are a guaranteed hit with families. Unfortunately, what some pool owners often envision is that old white plastic slide that many of us had in our pools 20 to 30 years ago. Slides have come a long way since then, and now you can find pool slides attractively incorporated into a number of pool designs. Custom water slides are starting to become more common as pool owners want to recreate a true waterpark experience in their own backyards.
Custom residential water slides generally come in two styles: closed slide or open flume. If a grotto or cave is desired or if you want to bury the water slide into the landscaping, then a closed slide is the best option. Based on budget and the desired excitement level, you can design a slide with all kinds of twists and turns, curves, steep inclines, and straightaways for speed. Commonly made of commercial-grade fiberglass, today’s customized water slides are safer than those from days past. Newer models are capable of handling weights up to about 300 pounds. Fiberglass water slides come in a number of colors to coordinate with pool surfaces, tile, and surrounding rock. Some pool owners prefer the natural look and strength of a custom concrete/gunite water slide, which can be built into a waterfall or the surrounding landscaping. By incorporating a concrete slide into a rock formation along the pool’s edge, guests can enjoy a dramatic yet natural-looking oasis.
Slides are an ideal way to keep kids and their friends entertained during a hot summer day. By planning what type of pool slide best suits your needs, you can create an enjoyable time for everyone in the family. But remember, security is the first and most important consideration. Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult when the pool is in use, and especially when children are using the water slide. Plus, no matter which type is selected, it is important to never compromise safety over price. Always check that a pool sliding board complies with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Safety Standards for Swimming Pool Slides before purchasing.