When you think about fun memories you’ve had swimming, you probably don’t think too much about how you got in and out of the pool…unless of course you were cannon balling. Most likely, however, you used the pool ladder. Have you ever thought about how important this pool supply can be? Pool ladders are an essential part of each swimming pool, and though it might seem insignificant, knowing what type of ladders are out there can help you make a good choice about selecting one for your own pool.
Various pool ladders are available for both in-ground and above ground swimming pools. In either case, it’s good to know what materials are available. Some common choices are aluminum, vinyl, stainless steel and plastic. Some come with slip-resistant coating on the steps for extra safety. Some color options are available, but are fairly limited.
It is also helpful to know that ladders can be found on-line or in pool supply stores, but are becoming more commonly found in department stores as well. Assembly of pool ladders is pretty simple, so don’t be afraid to buy from any of these sources and install a ladder yourself.
If you own or are looking to buy an above ground pool, you will definitely need a ladder. Depending on the specifics of your pool however, you’ll have some choices to make. Is there a deck around your pool? You will want to consider whether the ladder will give pool access from the deck, the ground, or both. Who will be using the pool the most? Consider size and height between steps on each ladder, choosing something appropriate for the age of those who will be swimming. Ladders that lead from the deck into the pool will have less steps, which will give easier pool access to older persons or young children. Deck-to-pool ladders often are more secure than ground-to-pool options, but either way you choose, be sure to follow the instructions on proper installation. This will ensure safety and security for all swimmers.
Ladders for in-ground pools are much different than above ground versions. These pool ladders usually have more steps, allowing swimmers to enter or exit the pool in the deepest part of the pool. The number of steps needed will depend the depth of the pool in the place you wish to locate your ladder. If you are building a concrete pool, the ladder will need to be installed during the building process. However, ladders for fiberglass or vinyl in-ground pools may be added post-installation. Again, it is important to understand completely how to correctly install the pool ladder, preventing accidents or injuries.
Hopefully you are now more aware of what is available when you search for the right swimming pool ladder. Though it may seem simple, don’t underestimate the difference it can make to choose a proper swimming pool ladder. Making the right choice will ensure safety and ease for all swimmers as they enter and exit your pool.