FAQ: Slides

  1. How do you connect a slide to the platform?
  2. What is the length of the slide?
  3. How far out will the slide stick out from the deck?
  4. I have a tall deck (greater than 7 ft), what are my options for slides?

How do you connect a slide to the platform?

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 slides are mounted in one of the following ways:

  • 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.
  • Most commercial slides require either a Slide Mounting Kit (for metal decks), Z-Bracket or L-Bracket (for wood decks) to be mounted.

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What is the length of the slide?

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.

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How far out will the slide stick out from the deck?

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.

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I have a tall deck (greater than 7 ft), what are my options for slides?

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.

Our commercial grade sectional slides are available for up to an 8 ft deck height; these are available in over 20 different custom colors. Choose between the Chute Sectional Slide and the Stargate Sectional Slide to get started.

Although more costly, for the projects the require tall deck heights with a very customized solution, our Custom Tube Slides are a great option. These are available in both 24" and 30” diameter tubes, and are all commercial grade quality. Add a slide to your indoor playroom, or your custom tree house -- the possibilities are limitless! Call us to discuss options or submit our Custom Tube Slide form to get pricing for your specific project.

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