With the 4th of July now beyond us, the sun is out and the temperature keeps rising. With several months of summer ahead, how are we going to keep the kids cool? Instead of trying to load up the car and driving out to an expensive trip to the water park, why not bring the water park to your own back yard? An inflatable water slide is a fun, cost effective way to beat the summer heat and help keep your children healthy and active.
Why are so many families opting to set up an inflatable water slide instead of installing a traditional pool? These are just some of the benefits of the modern vinyl products:
- They’re Durable: This is not the air mattress you bought 20 years ago that you bring out when company comes over. Modern inflatable vinyl products are high strength and hold up to years of use without leaks or tears.
- They’re Affordable: Consider the cost required to excavate your yard and have a traditional water slide installed with your pool. Inflatable water slides are available in all price ranges making them a cost-effective purchase for families in any financial situation
- They’ll move with you: If you rent, or plan to sell your house in the future, why put money into expensive yard upgrades that won’t come with you? Inflatable water slides are easy to set up and deflate. They pack up into a compact, portable unit that is easy to transport to your new accommodations or even on a family vacation!
But the number one reason to consider an inflatable water slide is that your kids will love it. Let’s face it, we live in the digital age and there are less and less activities that can be enjoyed by families of all sizes during the summer heat. Setting up your own home waterpark is sure to not only be a hit with your kids, but their friends as well! Before you rush down to the store, there are 5 questions you need to ask before you can select the best unit for your needs:
How old are your kids?
Inflatable water slides come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you have very young children, you might want to select a shallower unit that is not too intense for them. Also consider the weight capacity if you have older children or you want to use the slide with your kids
Do you already have a pool?
Some of the units are designed to fit with existing pools, others are designed to stand alone or include their own “splash zone”.
How much use will it receive?
If you live in California and the slide will be out all year long, consider investing an extra-durable model or a tear resistant one. Although many of these slides are designed to last 10+ years, some manufactures may be making designs for climates where the unit is used only for part of the year.
How much space do you have?
If you have limited yard space, you might want a unit that can be inflated and disassembled easily so you can use your yard for other things. Those of you that are fortunate enough to have a large property, some of the bigger models offer a thrill that can normally only be found at the traditional water park!
What is your budget?
Inflatable water slides can go for as little as $20, all the way up to $3000 for the huge industrial models. Consider the needs of your family, and find one in a price range that works for you