- How do you connect a slide to the platform?
- What is the length of the slide?
- How far out will the slide stick out from the deck?
- I have a tall deck (greater than 7 ft), what are my options for slides?
Slide mounting will vary depending on the type of slide you purchase, but it is usually a relatively simple procedure. If your slide includes instructions (many do not), please refer to the specific mounting instructions provided in the manual. In general, most residential slides come with a lip that rests on the deck and pilot holes where you would drill through and use carriage bolts to bolt through the deck.
Generally for slides the length is about twice the deck height it is made to fit. For example, a slide that is meant for a 5 ft deck height will be approximately 10 ft long.
Again, in general for a slide that sticks straight out you can determine the Slide Reach (distance the slide sticks out from the deck) by multiplying the slide length by 0.866. For example, if your slide is 10 ft long, the Slide Reach will be approximately 8 ft 8 in.
Some exceptions to this rule include spiral slides, which have a different type of footprint, and slides that mount to shorter and taller deck heights which may reduce the steepness of the slide angle for safety reasons.
Our slide that is most versatile for height and at a great price point is our Multi-Piece Scoop Slide. This can be ordered for up to a 12 ft deck height. We recommend to customers getting a slide that is for an 8 ft deck or higher to order the next size up to decrease the angle of the slide for safety reasons.