Inflatable Swimming Pool Slide - Adding to the Fun Under the Sun

by Pool Builders on 02-20-2010 in Articles

I bought an inflatable above ground swimming pool just a few summers ago. It turned out to be a good idea in beating the warm seasons. With a pool heater, swimming with the family has been extended from spring through the early part of fall. Adding an inflatable slide just about doubled the fun especially for children.

Why choose an inflatable pool slide? It is not your conventional pool slide but there are various reasons why an inflatable slide is a smart choice.

There are some concerns about the durability of an inflatable pool slide. These are softer than conventional materials like fiberglass or hard plastic but inflatable slides are designed to last for years. Materials are UV resistant and these have specific load or weight capacity.

Inflatable swimming pool slides may cost up to $400 or even $500 but when compared to other slides made of rigid materials, prices are significantly less.

Inflatable swimming pool slides continue to gain more popularity as awareness on child safety is a major concern. These are soft enough to absorb impact caused by bouncing, jumping and tumbling, thus preventing injuries. Such activities on a fiberglass slide can give you bruises and bumps. While fiberglass and plastic slides can still offer fun and excitement in the pool, there is a totally different feel to an inflatable swimming pool slide.

Setting up an inflatable swimming pool slide is easy. The first step is to fill the slide with air using either a hand pump or electric pump. Some models have tie-downs, making it easier to hold in place while others have anchors that need to be filled up with water. The slide has a water jet that has to be connected to a water line, typically a water hose. Most of the inflatable swimming pool slides are made of polyvinylchloride (PVC) material, a hard plastic that is specially built to withstand extremely warm weather conditions. This guarantees endless summers of fun at home with family and friends.

Some models are anchored to the pool side. Access to this type of inflatable slide is from outside of the pool. The other type of inflatable slide is set in the pool water, no longer requiring you to step out of the pool to climb it.

Who says the fun stops in winter season? Some of these inflatable slides can even be used during winter. Children especially have more fun in the snow with these inflatable slides.

There are available accessories for inflatable swimming pool slides that I would recommend to owners. While some suggest buying an electric pump, I use a hand pump just to allow myself to flex some muscles once in a while to inflate my pool and slide. A vinyl repair kit is also important in case there is a need to patch up holes. Although it rarely happens and it also depends on how careful you are as an owner and user, it does no harm to be always prepared.

Inflatable pools and slides is just the right fit for me. These are portable and can be stored once pool season ends.

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