How to Design a Natural Rock Water Slide

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Even natural rock water slides need fiberglass or plastic liners for safe use.

A water slide can transform your pool into a miniature water park. Water slides come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including slides that are set into natural stone masonry for a natural look that blends into the poolside landscaping. A natural rock water slide can take on custom features if you elect to design it yourself, but you'll need to allow for the numerous components and requirements that are involved in natural rock water slide installation.

Things You'll Need

  • Site plan of your yard
  • Paper
  • Pencil
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  1. Planning

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      Select an existing water slide to serve as the basis for your natural stone slide. Choose a slide with a total length and profile, or dimensions when viewed from the side, that will fit into the space around your pool.

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      Add the outline of the water slide you choose to a copy of your pool's site plan. Use the slide's actual dimensions and the site plan's scale to create an accurately sized depiction of the slide. For example, if the slide if 10 feet long and your plan uses a scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot, ensure the slide is 2.5 inches long on the plan.

    • 3

      List all of the existing features, such as plants, decking and walls, that will need to be removed to accommodate the slide in the location you choose. Note a location for the water lines and pump that will supply water to the top of the slide.

    • 4

      Choose a type of rock for your slides's sides and enclosure. Select a rock that fits your budget or complements existing stone features in your yard.

    • 5

      Calculate the amount of rock you'll need by measuring the area of the slide's profile. For example, a 10-foot slide with a 45-degree angle has a height of around 7 feet and a profile area of around 35 square feet. Double this to determine the total surface area of rocks to build walls on both sides of the slide.

Tips & Warnings

  • Examine existing natural rock water slide photos and design schematics online to help in the design process. Consult a landscape architect or installer if you don't have experience in planning pool or slide projects.

  • Consult your local building code office to learn about restrictions on water slides where you live. Some communities restrict the height of water slides, while others outlaw them altogether.

  • Unless you have special experience, hire professionals to install and construct your stone water slide. This will ensure that it is both safe and durable.

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