When you add a slide to your home swimming pool, you’ll enhance the area and make it more fun and visually appealing. Your children and loved ones will love spending hours in the pool and enjoying the slide while soaking up the sun. If you’re seriously considering pool slide installation, the team at All County Pools and Spa can help you choose the size, color, and style of pool slide that is just right for your family.
Consider Pool Size
One of the first things to consider when customizing a pool or adding a slide to your pool is the size of the pool. For instance, if you have an infinity pool, the water depth is moderate to give the pool deck an elegant feel.
This means the water supply is not sufficient for a pool slide if your pool is infinity-style. If you have a lap-style pool, a slide probably won’t look right with the design of the pool and there’s a good chance the slide would not be up to regulation standards.
This is why the professional team at All County Pools and Spa is committed to assessing your property and pool size with you to determine which slide is perfect for your pool area.
When assessing the size of your pool for pool slide installation, consider:
- Does the pool deck have enough space for a swimming pool slide? A small pool slide will take up around 8 feet of space on the deck and a larger slide will cover about 13 feet.
- Do you need a slide with right- or left-handed curving? These slides will not take up as much room and may be more fun for the kids.
The Location of the Pool
If you don’t have much room in the backyard, you know that every square foot counts. Most swimming pool slides need a space that is at least 8 feet x 15 feet. If there is insufficient decking in the slide area, it may be difficult for you and your loved ones to get to the slide and could cause everyone to travel around the deck to get to the slide. This could lead to too much “traffic” around the pool area.
If you decide to position your slide in the middle of the seating area on your patio or deck, this could become awkward at social gatherings. People sitting at the table will likely be interrupted often by swimmers who want to get into the pool by way of the slide.
In most instances, it’s best to position your poolside in the corner or at the deep end of the pool. Be sure the slide is facing the seating area so it will be easier for you to watch your children as they enjoy hours of poolside fun. And if you want pool remodeling, All County Pools and Spa can help transform your pool according to your needs.
Pool Slide Safety Regulations
When it comes to slides that are designed for swimming pools, the height of the slide should coordinate with the depth of the pool. The deeper the pool, the longer the slide can be. The team at All County Pools and Spa is aware of local regulations and safety codes and will make sure your new slide is in keeping with these mandates.
In addition to the length of the slide, the steps or ladders should feature treads instead of rungs if the slide’s incline angle is more than 15 degrees. The slide must also be angled to ensure that users can step on each level without feeling imbalanced. The steps for the pool slide must also have slip resistance and must be constructed according to certain dimensions to adhere to state and county safety requirements.
The All County Pools and Spa team will ensure that the slide is free of rust and leaks with regular inspections. You’ll also receive recommendations on how to maintain your pool in between professional maintenance visits. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to enhance your pool area, give All County Pools and Spa a call to schedule your consultation today. We are also proud to provide services to customers in Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills, Tarzana, Encino, and Santa Monica.