What's on Your Pool Deck? 4 Items You Cannot Live Without
Make sure you have the essentials on your pool deck.
Equipping your pool deck is a matter of safety, convenience and extreme fun. The right equipment poolside will make all the difference in the quality of your backyard swimming experience. We've got four items your backyard pool cannot live without if you want to make the most of that outdoor oasis just beyond your back patio.
A ladder makes it so much easier to get into and out of the pool. Most pool owners invest in a ladder or two even if they have built-in steps heading into the shallow end. It is a good idea to place at least one ladder in the deeper end of the pool for safety reasons. For younger swimmers who are still trying to master the finer points of ladder climbing, there are also pool steps that attach to your deck and head into the pool much like a ladder does. When installing your ladder into the pool deck, make sure it is firmly cemented into your concrete. Check ladders regularly for rusted or loose bolts that can impact the safety of your equipment.
Another must for a safe pool, hand rails are often located on either side of built-in steps for added stability. Hand rails can also be installed along pool walls if you have kids who need a rest in the deeper areas of the pool. These are often referred to as grab rails or bars, and they are similar to the ones used in bathtubs and showers to provide additional support. Hand rails come in an assortment of shapes, sizes and styles, so you can find a set that will coordinate well with your outdoor space and the rest of your pool equipment.
Swimming Pool Slides
Did we say these features were essentials? If you want to get the most fun out of your pool experience, we would highly recommend the addition of a pool slide. You can find all kinds of slides today, from straight designs that let you shoot into the water, to curved varieties that give you a pretty good ride down. Before you install a slide, make sure your pool provides sufficient depth for your swimmers to land in the water safely. It is also important to install the slide so that it won't come loose on your swimmers. Inspect it regularly for rusted or loose parts that could affect its safety.
Okay, we admit diving boards are not a necessity either. In fact, they may not even be a safe choice for more shallow pool designs. However, a diving board in the right depth of water can add all sorts of fun and challenges to your backyard swimming experience. Keep in mind that if you do decide to install a diving board, you need to educate yourself about safety issues like the depth of the water, the size of the board and the best location for placement. There are many different types of diving boards to choose from, so you can find one that will best fit with your pool design.
A well equipped pool deck is one that adds safety and fun to your swimming experience. these four items will ensure you get the best use from your backyard swimming pool.