Most children love swimming and having a pool in the backyard is a fantastic way to keep them active and occupied. Adding a waterslide is a great way to take your pool fun to the next level. But can a fibreglass pool have a waterslide? In short, yes!
There are 3 main things that you should consider before purchasing a waterslide for your pool:
What kind of waterslide are you looking for?
Waterslides that have been designed for household use come in a huge selection of styles and sizes. You can have a slide with soft edges for a calm, easy going ride or ones that are full of turns and twists. You can even have slides that are a steep straight decline to get up maximum speed or ones that do a complete 360 degrees to really get the heart pumping. Waterslides can be built either open or closed and can also be custom made. The hardest part is deciding which is one will be best for your pool.
When weighing up the different waterslides on offer, think of who will be using it and if it will be suitable for use not only today but for many years to come. Once you have decided on the type of slide you want, you can then choose whether you want it turn left or right when entering the pool water and where in the pool area you want your slide to go. All types of free-standing waterslides can be built on a fibreglass pool; however, it is essential that your slide doesn’t interfere with any of your fence lines. If it does, it is a safety risk, your pool won’t be compliant, and you may even be slapped with a fine.
Select a waterslide that has its own water supply if you can
The best waterslides are ones that have their own water supply. Why? Well, it is not only safer, but more fun too. A slide with its own water supply works by taking water from the pool to create a continuous flow of water from the top of the waterslide. You can change the intensity of the water flow to suit the person using it. This also means you don’t have to hold a hose up the top to try to emulate the same effect. It gets in the way and it wastes water too. Having a slide with its own water supply is the closest thing you’ll get to a real water park slide in your backyard.
The material, features, and colour of your waterslide
Blue and tan tend to be the most popular waterslide colours. Although, you can have whichever colour slide you’d like. To compliment the exterior of your property and to coordinate with your pool you should choose a colour that works well with them to create a cohesive look. More importantly, you should look the safety features that the waterslide offers. Things to look for in a slide are non-slip steps or a ladder, sturdy handrails and it should be made of materials that are rust and saltwater resistant.
Many freestanding waterslides are made from materials such as acrylic or polyethylene. The reason they are popular is because they are strong and durable. Ensure that the slide you purchase is UV resistant, if it isn’t you will find it will fade from the sun rather quickly which will make it look unappealing and old. Once the material has been compromised by the suns UV rays it can break and split which can become a safety hazard and cause injuries. If you choose to purchase a metal slide, you should be warned that they can get extremely hot when out in the sun. If cool water isn’t running down it continuously for a few minutes before use it can burn the skin.
What are the benefits to having a slide for my fibreglass pool?
Fun times ahead
Probably the biggest incentive for getting a waterslide for your pool is, it’s fun! You can take your entertaining to a whole other level. They can be used to slip and slide down or to play games with the whole family. Guaranteed smiles and laughs to be had.
Low running costs
A waterslide is relatively inexpensive to run. You can save money on running costs even further by only turning it on when need be – this will reduce the rate of evaporation too.
The sound that water makes when cascading off a waterslide is like that of a water feature. Running water creates a tranquil noise that is great to sit near when you want to relax for a moment or two. Listening to the sound of running water can increase mood and moral.
Enhance the look of your pool area
A water slide that has been installed in the correct location and is the right colour and style for your pool area, will improve the overall aesthetics of the space. It can make your pool look appealing and inviting.
Attracts the entire family to the pool area
Water slides are not only used by kids but adults too. It draws the entire family outside to spend some quality time together. They make special occasions like birthdays and BBQ get togethers more exciting which provides you with the opportunity to create some lasting memories with those you care about most.
Some additional factors to think of before installing your waterslide:
Before making any concrete decisions about your new waterslide, its important to work out your budget. Once you have established how much you can afford to spend on one, you can explore the options within your price range.
Who uses your pool the most?
If kids are the primary users of your pool, a waterslide can be a worthwhile purchase as they’ll get maximum use out of it. It’s a great way to get them outside and burn off some energy. If you use your pool for mostly relaxation purposes, you should ask yourself if you will get much use out of it.
What type of waterslide will suit your pool area the best?
It’s always a good idea to speak to a professional when purchasing any pool equipment. They can offer advice on which pool slide is suited to the space you have and can discuss your options with you. You want to be sure it is installed correctly, and it is safe to use.
The location of your slide
The location of your waterslide can make all difference when enhancing your pool area or detracting from it. Whilst children always need to be supervised by an adult when in the pool, it’s a good idea to put the slide in a position that faces the house and entertaining area. That way everyone can keep their eyes on the kids.
Check with local council
Before planning your waterslide installation check with your local council to ensure that you are not breeching and safety rules or regulations and whether you need a permit to put it in.
Here at The Fibreglass Pool Company our focus is fitting and installing state-of-the-art fibreglass pools. Waterslides are not something that we specialise in. However, our highly skilled team can put you on the right track. Give us a call today.