Can Fibreglass Pools Have Water Slides?
Most Aussie kids love swimming and playing in water, and a pool is a great source of entertainment when the warmer seasons hit. Why not ramp up the fun even more so by installing a water slide? You can have your very own water park in the backyard. A question we get asked often is “can fibreglass pools have waterslides?”. The short answer is, yes!
Here are some things to consider when purchasing a water slide for your fibreglass pool:
A slide that has its own water supply
If you want to emulate the experience you get from a real water park slide, you should choose one that has its own water supply. It works by taking water from your pool and creates a continuous stream of water from the top of the slide. A slide that has its own water supply, is not only more fun but safer too. You can adjust the water flow from a rapid stream to a slow trickle. This avoids the hassle of having to place a hose at the top that will just get in the way, trying to achieve the same effect. It also saves on water too as it uses water from your pool rather than the tap.
Selecting the colour, material, and features of your waterslide
The most popular colour choice of waterslides is blue and tan, however, deciding which colour is best, is up to you. When selecting the colour of your slide, you should choose something that is going to compliment the colour of your pool and coordinate with the exterior of your home. More importantly than colour, you should look at the safety features that the water slide has. All slides should have a non-slip ladder or steps, strong handrails, and be constructed with materials that are salt and rust resistant.
The most common water slides on the market are made from polyethylene or acrylic. They are a great choice due to their strength and longevity. The slide you purchase must be UV resistant otherwise it will fade very quickly from the sunlight, this will make it look old and unpleasant. Its is also a safety risk if the material cracks or breaks when someone is using it which can result in injuries. If your water slide is made of metal, be aware that it will get extremely hot when in the sun and could cause burns if water has not been continually flowing down it.
Types of waterslides suitable for fibreglass pools
Water slides that are designed for domestic use come in a vast variety of styles. You can have a slide that has a soft curve, a slide that is full of twists and turns, one that is completely straight that will get up optimum speed or a slide that does a complete 360 turn! The hard part is choosing which one. Once you have decided on the style of water slide you like, you can then choose if you want it to it turn right or left when entering the water. The good news is, all types of freestanding waterslides are suitable to be installed on a fibreglass pool
Some Benefits To Having A Slide
- The first and most obvious one – It’s fun! A swimming pool on its own is great for entertaining the family and adding a waterslide can take it to a whole other level. Water slides are not only popular with the kids, but the adults too.
- The water running off your waterslide creates a tranquil sound, even more so when it is not being used. Listening to running water is great for mediative purposes. Just sitting back listening to the water can boost your morale and mood.
Improved Overall Aesthetics
- The right water slide can make the overall appearance of your backyard area more aesthetically appealing. A slide that is suited to the pool and outdoor space can enhance the entire look of the pool area.
Some last things to think of before installing a water slide at your place:
Who is going to use pool the most?
If children are going to use the pool the most, then you will probably get optimal use out of a waterslide. A water slide is a great way of keeping the kids busy and off technology in the warmer months. Great for burning off some energy too.
What size and style will suit your pool area best
Before purchasing a slide, it is a good idea to speak with a professional first. They can assess your pool area and offer advice on which style and design of waterslide will work best in the space you have to work with.
Where your slide should go
If you have the room, it is smart to place your slide in a position that is facing your entertainment area and house. That way you can keep an eye out if children are using it.
Check with council first
Before starting the process of buying a slide and getting it installed, you should check with the council to make sure you are not breaching any safety codes or regulations.
Barrier Reef Pools are all about creating stunning luxurious fibreglass pools and water slides are not something we install. We do, however, have extensive experience in the pool industry and can offer helpful advice regarding waterslides. Our friendly team can point you in the right direction. Give us a call today, we are more than happy to help.