Note: For reasons of safety, slides are only recommended for inground swimming pools. When summer is approaching, there’s nothing better to look forward to than weeks of fun and excitement in your private swimming pool. And this summer you can raise the excitement level even higher by adding a slide to your inground swimming pool. Swimming pool slides come in a multitude of different models and designs so you can choose one that will best suit the needs and preferences of you and your family, whether you are looking for a tall slide, one with a corkscrew design or one with an innovative water delivery system. As many swimming pool owners already know, pool slides can take your pool from ordinary to extraordinary while providing endless summer fun for your entire family.

Swimming pool slides can bring the fun and thrills of a water park right to your very own backyard. Yet, with so many different designs and types to choose from, it’s important to take certain steps to ensure that you choose the right slide for you and your family in terms of budget, features and safety. With respect to budget, pool slides can range in price anywhere from approximately $140 to more than $3000. Typically, the slides with the lowest prices are inflatable swimming pool slides. Inflatable swimming pool slides are constructed from durable vinyl and are usually meant for use only by children under the age of 12.

In addition to inflatable swimming pool slides, there are many different models of permanent acrylic pool slides available to choose from. The cost of these permanent slides is partly determined by the number and types of features that each model has. For example, the height of a slide can affect its price, with taller slides generally costing more than shorter slides. Most permanent pool slides are somewhere in the range of three feet in height at the seat to eight feet in height. While determining the height of the slide you want for your swimming pool will depend partly on your budget, it will also depend on the type of sliding experience that you’re looking for. For instance, if you have young children you may prefer a smaller slide while families with older children who are looking for a faster and more thrilling ride may prefer a taller slide.

When considering your budget and the type of sliding experience that you want, you will also need to think about the curvature and design of the available pool water slides. While some swimming pool slides provide straight delivery into the pool, others are gently curved while still others feature a twisting design. For example, SR Smith’s Cyclone Fun Slide features an arcing curve while Interfab’s G-Force Slide features an innovative 360° corkscrew design. Also, if you are choosing a curving slide, it’s important to take note of the direction of the curve. Most curved pool slides are available with either a right curve or a left curve and the one that will be best for you will depend upon your swimming pool and the eventual placement of your permanent slide.

By Haadi