The disadvantages of steel and wood for slide towers

Waterparks face a daily threat that strikes bone-deep. Its source is self-inflicted, yet necessary and takes the form of chloramines: the stuff stinging to swimmers’eyes, which prevents algae and bacterial growth in water.The presence of chloramines leaves a waterpark’s skeleton vulnerable.

Chloramines are much more aggressive in a waterpark than any ordinary pool environment. Waterparks contain a massive volume of water, in a flux of movement from water slides, surf machines, wave pools and various water play. As a result, there’s a far greater chloramine concentration in the air that aggressively attacks the environment. The steel and wood erecting slide towers and other aquatic attractions gradually deteriorate with rust (steel) and decay (wood).

It isn’t pretty when the bones of a waterpark show their age. Rust can leach onto pool decks and into water. Most steel slide towers will require annual painting, along with time consuming and expensive ongoing maintenance.

But this need not be the case. Aluminum slide towers designed, manufactured and installed by OpenAire are resistant to deterioration from chloramines. This means they’re always attractive and won’t need repainting. We make them maintenance free, creating savings for clients through the ingenuity of our homegrown, preventive medicine. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.