One of the newest pool trends has quickly become a splash pad for backyard fun. Anyone who has fond memories of running through the sprinkler or playing with a slip ‘n slide as a kid will love the idea of adding a splash pad to a yard. With no standing water, splash pads are kid friendly with very minimal risk of drowning for small children.
Splash pads are a fraction of the cost of pools. They are a great alternative to a pool. For pool owners who are interested in a simple upgrade, a splash pad is an inexpensive enhancement. Splash pads offer low installation costs, a minimal amount of maintenance, and no additional insurance, alarms, or pool fences. They feature a water recirculation system that allows you to save money on utility bills.
Splash pads are available as kits. You can also custom build a splash pad for backyard fun. Most splash pad kits contain a handful of nozzles, a pump, and a timer. These simple kits make for quality entertainment. If you want to take your splash pad to the next level and create a specially designed system that meets your family’s needs and preferences, a custom built pad is a great option.
A basic backyard splash pad is approximately 100 square feet or 10 feet by 10 feet and has a 100 gallon buried tank. Many pads also have a filter, a re-circulating pump, and an option for turning the pad on and off. It may seem like a very small list of requirements, but it is really all you need for a fully functional splash pad. There are a variety of options for the play surface including pavers and concrete. The surface does not have to be waterproof, but it should be non-slip.
For people who want more than a basic pad, there are options for building a larger play surface of 200 square feet or more and including a mechanical timer, auto-fill feature, auto-chlorinator feature, water umbrella, UV sanitizer, and/or interchangeable jets. Many kids enjoy these larger splash pads, and many parents enjoy the ease of maintenance that comes with some of these extra features.
As you get quotes for splash pads, look for contractors who use high quality materials, have ample experience with pool design and plumbing, and offer warranties for their products.