In-Ground Pool Water Slides Are They Worth It?

In-Ground-Pool-Water-Slides-Are-They-Worth-It4In-ground pool water slides are a great way to add a ton of fun and excitement to your pool. You can turn your pool into a water playground with the feel of a water park.  With this one addition, there are many choices available.  With all the different styles and sizes you can be sure to find something that your family and friends will enjoy for many years!

Create the backyard oasis you’ve always dreamed of and make every weekend your luxury vacation with a backyard waterslide from Gappsi.

Are Pool Water Slides Worth It?

Pool slides are a great way to up the fun factor! Make your swimming pool the most popular summer destination in your neighborhood.  If we’ve learned anything during our many years in the swimming pool industry, it’s this:

Kids LOVE swimming pools, no matter the type, size, or cost!

Throw in a couple of pool toys, and they won’t get out for the rest of the summer.  Add a pool slide, and the pool practically becomes Disneyland.

In-Ground-Pool-Water-Slides-Are-They-Worth-It3Types of Pool Slides

There are many different types of pool slides available, including straight slides, wavy slides, and spiral slides. No matter what type of slide you choose, make sure that it is safe for your children. Choose a slide that is made of durable materials, and that is properly installed.

Given all the varieties of pool slides available,  it’s just a matter of choosing.   Does the slide work with your pool and the ages of those who will be enjoying it?  In addition, to choosing a slide based on adventure level, color, and price there are a few other considerations that you will have to factor into your decision including:

  • deck space
  • mounting options
  • weight limit
  • water supply

It’s important to consider the location of your water slide.  There are minimum depth requirements and restrictions on the distance from the edge of your pool that vary with different slides.

In-Ground-Pool-Water-Slides-Are-They-Worth-It2How Deep Does The Pool Need To Be For A Pool Slide?

How deep your pool must be will depend on the size of your slide. For example, if the slide is meant for small children, the pool depth can be shallower. If the pool slide is for users 48 inches or taller, you’ll need a deeper pool.

*Pro tip: Manufacturers of pool slides provide these specifications to make it easy.

If you’re just trying to get a basic idea of how deep your pool has to be for a slide, the minimum requirements are as follows:

♦ For smaller slides: If the distance between the end of the slide and the water is 3 inches or less, the water must only be 2 feet deep.

♦ For larger slides that accommodate people 48 inches or taller: The water must be at least 3 feet, with some companies requiring deeper.  Slides that do not decelerate the slider: The depth of the water should be 11 ½ feet.  Slides that have twists and level out, slowing the slider: 3 to 4-foot water depth at landing is adequate.

S.R. Smith’s range of CPSC-compliant pool slides includes a removable pool slide, a line of deck-mounted slides, and custom pool slides.

Our residential water slides feature reinforcements down the ride surface making them the strongest and highest quality residential water slides on the market by utilizing the exact same manufacturing methods and using the same materials as commercial water slides. The only difference between our slides and commercial slides is that ours are only a few inches smaller!

In-Ground-Pool-Water-Slides-Are-They-Worth-It1Benefits Of A Water Slide

  • Create an upscale resort feel in your backyard
  • Add value while enhancing the beauty of your landscaping and pool design
  • Bring years of safe enjoyment and pleasure to your home
  • Provide entertainment for family & friends
  • Extend your vacation time from one week to the entire summer!

Salt Water Pool Friendly Slides

If you own a saltwater pool you may have questions about whether a slide is suitable for saltwater.  Providing your pool is balanced and your water health is kept up you shouldn’t notice any additional wear on the slide or its parts.

If you are concerned and for warranty purposes we do recommend using a slide that is salt pool friendly for the added peace of mind.  The synthetic materials used in the construction of salt-friendly slides are incredibly durable in all water conditions, weather, and of course a lot of use.  Look for this symbol or something similar when shopping for in-ground pool slides.

In-Ground-Pool-Water-Slides-Are-They-Worth-ItWhy Purchase From Gappsi?

As a family-owned business with over 36 years of experience, we partner with you every step of the way to ensure you have a stellar experience and receive the highest quality pool slide available to you. We are committed to superior customer service, transparency, safety, and fun!

As parents ourselves, we understand the investment you are making to ensure your family time is the best it can possibly be. We treat every homeowner and every project like it is our own – to ensure each waterslide is made to the highest safety and quality standards.

Making your dreams come true is the driving force behind everything we do. Your fun is our priority and our passion! We’ll work super hard to make sure your Gappsi Water Slide can be enjoyed for years to come!

We look forward to working with you on your next project!


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Elevate Your Home With An Outdoor Pavilion And Pool Resurfacing

Outdoor-Pavilion-And-Pool-ResurfacingElevate Your Home With An Outdoor Pavilion And Pool Resurfacing this season and enjoy more time outdoors in your home!

Every pool needs a resurfacing service eventually. Resurfacing helps enhance your pool’s brightness, fills in any holes or cracks, and helps maintain the structure of your pool.

Outdoor Pavilion And Pool Resurfacing

Resurfacing can repair problems like cracks and wear, while also enhancing and updating your pool’s appearance. While not needed as often as other services, resurfacing should still be on your list of pool maintenance tasks.  Here are four reasons it’s time to resurface your swimming pool:

  1. You notice staining – Pools can start to get discolored after years of wear and tear. These stains can come from the minerals, chemicals, or other materials in the water such as leaves and natural debris.  Check to see if the stains are algae, which will be a shade of green or even red, or another color. If your cleaning efforts are unsuccessful, it may be time to resurface the pool.
  2. Material is coming off – When your pool surface feels like sandpaper and you can see the raw gunite peeking through, it’s time to resurface your pool.  There are a lot of different factors that can cause the pool’s surface materials to break down and come off, such as years of heavy use,  unbalanced pH levels, as well as sudden damage.  Once the surface layer starts to come off, it’s only going to continue and spread. So, it’s important to have it resurfaced as soon as you notice problems.
  3. There Are Leaks – The longer you wait to repair a leak in your pool, the more it will cost. So, be on the lookout for these signs of leaks to see if it’s time to repair and resurface your pool:
    ♦  Wet spots of grass near the pool area
    ♦  Loose or falling tiles
    ♦  Cracks or gaps in the concrete
    ♦  Water loss is greater than the evaporation rate
  4. You’re Ready for an Update – resurfacing is more than just a way to repair and maintain your pool: It also gives you the opportunity to transform and enhance the way your pool looks.

Outdoor-Pavilion-And-Pool-Resurfacing1Elevating Your Backyard With A Custom Built Pavilion

Pavilions can add usability and visual intrigue to a wide variety of outdoor spaces. A great outdoor pavilion design idea can elevate just about any backyard landscape. A pavilion adds both form and function to an outdoor living space.  Quality backyard pavilion ideas can be decorated with outdoor dining, living, or fire pit furnishings to truly feel like an expansion of your home.

In fact, depending on the design and location of your new pavilion, it may just become one of your favorite places to spend time with family and friends!  The sky’s the limit when it comes to architecture and design.

Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion

Outdoor dining. A relaxing afternoon outdoors. A paradise in your backyard. You guessed it. It’s an Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion. If you, like the idea of expanding your living space to the great outdoors, then keep reading!  From the simplest of pavilions with a grill to the expansive luxury outdoor kitchen pavilion, the options are endless.

An outdoor kitchen pavilion provides the opportunity to cook outside, which can be enjoyed during warm weather. Additionally, outdoor cooking can help keep cooking smells and heat outside rather than inside the house.  Plus enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while still having the convenience of a functional kitchen space.

Pavilions can be constructed from a number of different products or materials. Most pavilions are constructed of either vinyl, traditional wood, or an elegant timber frame. The type of material you choose for your outdoor kitchen pavilion will depend on the style you want your backyard space to have.

Outdoor-Pavilion-And-Pool-Resurfacing2Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion Appliances and Amenities

What you add to your pavilion is truly what makes or breaks the design. An outdoor kitchen pavilion is a great place to have your favorite grill, firepit, or pizza oven. The details of what you want in your outdoor kitchen are completely up to you. When designing your outdoor kitchen pavilion, it’s important to consider the appliances and amenities that will make it functional and enjoyable.

  • Grill: A grill is one of the most popular and enjoyable ways of cooking outdoors. With countless options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the perfect grill for your pavilion.
  • Pizza Oven: A pizza oven is a great addition to your outdoor kitchen. Combine it with a countertop and enjoy an evening of making and eating your favorite pizza.
  • Fireplace or Firepit: A fireplace and chimney in a pavilion create a space for people to gather.
  • Lighting & Electrical: As the sun sets, you’ll want to make sure the party continues. Running electrical to your outdoor kitchen pavilion opens up a whole new world of opportunities. Having power at the pavilion makes it possible to plug in any of your small appliances or fans. In addition, having proper lighting in your pavilion allows you to create the ambiance you want.
  • TV: To take your entertainment to the next level, consider adding a TV to the corner of your pavilion. Entertain in style without missing any of the action.


  • Seating: Whether you have a bar area with seating, or an outdoor sofa area, having a place for you, your family, and your friends to sit is an important part of any pavilion design.
  • Countertop: For a complete outdoor kitchen pavilion experience, you’ll want to add some counter space. Because it’s outdoors, be sure to use the appropriate material, like granite or other stone.
  • Bar or Island: An island or bar provides some flow to your pavilion kitchen floorplan. It also gives you a workspace or a place to pull up a bar chair.
  • Sink: A sink in your outdoor kitchen will make time in your pavilion all the more enjoyable. Including a sink will also require plumbing to be run to your pavilion.
  • Refrigerator: A refrigerator or minifridge is a great addition to your pavilion kitchen. Keep all your food and drinks nice and cold and ready for you to enjoy.
  • Ice maker: An ice maker in your outdoor kitchen keeps you from needing to run to the house all the time.

Sandblasted  Marble Pavers Pool Patio Dix Hills NY

This backyard in Dix Hills NY started with the renovation of the gunite swimming pool. We installed 6 inches of porcelain tiles in the water line and red-marbled dusted the pool with gray marble dust. We replumbed the entire pool and installed all new equipment. The pool is about 50 years old and we made it look brand new again. We installed and redesigned an all-new marble patio with G043 marble pavers.

Gappsi built two columns on the side of the pool and veneered it with the silver travertine random size veneer split faced and tumbled and capt the top with 2 inches 24×24 G043 copings. As well as the pool coping is two inches of G043 marble coping. We installed two sheer descent waterfalls built into the columns. In addition, we installed the largest SR Smith slide between the two columns. We also installed the diving board and an all-new pavilion.  With an outdoor kitchen and a wall in the back. The refrigerator sink and a free-standing grill on the side. The inside of the pavilion is an open beam stained in mahogany color with a fan. All isak trims and gutters were installed to finish the pavilion. We also re-landscaped the new part of the backyard renovation. We installed a natural stone wall to create a flat area behind the swimming pool. Clients are very happy. Another backyard redesign and marble pavers installation by Gappsi in Dix Hills NY.


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