Swimming Pool Slides: A buyer’s guide
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Swimming pool slides add a whole ‘nuther dimension to your pool enjoyment. They need not be as wild as the G-Force 360 pool slide, pictured at left, to be fun and exciting.

Kids and adults will line up behind a slide (no pushing!) for their turn at whizzing down the slide deck into the pool.

Here’s some thoughts on how to approach an installation of a pool slide on your swimming pool.

1. Footprint. Pool slides can take up a good bit of deck. More than you may think. When looking at our pool slides, click the Specifications Sheet. This will have a schematic to show you the overall length and width of concrete needed for installation. You should also account for room for the line of sliders that will develop behind the slide, and access from the pool to the slide.

2. Location. Most slide manufacturers call for installation in depth of 44-48″ of water. This rules out most shallow end walls and deep end walls. Pool slides need to be installed in water that’s not too shallow – and not too deep, for safety reasons.

3. Color. It used to be that slides came in any color you wanted, as long as that color was sky blue. Nowadays, you can usually also get white, and many of the newer slides are available in earth tones of granite or buff (gray or brown), to match the natural stone.

4. Left or Right? Depending on how much deck space you have, and the location of the slide, choosing a left or right turn slide can be important in your pool slide fitting your particular pool deck size. Careful measurement of your deck, and a few phone calls to our helpful experts, if needed – are in order – before you order your pool slide.

5. Truckline delivery. It would be nice if UPS or FedEx would deliver our pool slides, but they just refuse! I can understand, these boxes would fill their whole truck! Pool slides are delivered by an 18 wheeler direct to your driveway. Our pool slide delivery trucks have a “Lift Gate” on the back, to lower your slide safely to the curb. There are two important considerations when ordering a pool slide (or any truckline delivery).
1. The trucking company will call you to arrange for a delivery date.
2. Inspect the pool slide for any damage before signing and accepting.

6. Price. Of course, price is a consideration. Most of your average pool slides sell for under $2K, the 360 degree slides are … extra! Tube slides, like you may see at water parks, can be in the tens of thousands, but are available for home pools (if you have the deck space). We have slides in many sizes and price ranges, so adding a pool slide to your pool shouldn’t break the bank.

7. Installation. Can a slide be DIY installed – of course it can! If you can follow the installation manual, you should have no problem. Using a rotary hammer drill, stanchion anchors are epoxied into the concrete deck, and then nuts are tightened down to secure the slide legs. Adding a water supply to the pool slide complicates things a bit, but can be tapped off of the pool supply (so it doesn’t over-fill the pool if left on), or it can come from the house water supply.

Pool slides are so much fun, and more exciting than they used to be – so take a look at our pool slide offerings today, and if you have any questions, you can call our pool slide experts at 1-800-288-7946!

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Mallorie Ott
IntheSwim Staff Blogger

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