If you want to make your backyard more entertaining for youngsters by providing a safe place to cool off in the summer, a spray pad is an ideal implementation. These play areas can be as large or small as you like and usually can be fully installed within just a few short hours. If you have never heard of a spray pad, there is no doubt you have a few questions. Here are a few of the most common questions about concrete spray pads and the answers you will definitely want to know if you have kids in the house. 

So, what exactly is a spray pad?

A spray pad, sometimes also referred to as a splash pad, is an area of concrete installed on the ground which is connected to a water line, sometimes at various points. Sprinklers, fountains, and other fun kid-friendly attachments can be integrated to create an area for your children to play in the water. The spray pad usually has a series of drains to keep water from pooling on the surface and prevents water from pooling on the grass and causing muddy areas in your landscape.

Isn't the concrete a little too rough for safe play?

This is perhaps one of the biggest questions parents and caregivers tend to have about spray pads. However, the surface of a concrete spray pad is usually coated with a soft, resinous coating which is not as likely to cause scrapes and abrasions if a little one slips and falls. 

Will you have to have new water lines installed for the spray pad?

This is a matter of preference on your part. If you have an available outside hose, you may be able to have the spray pad built in a way that simply allows you to connect the water hose when you want to use the play area. However, most people prefer the more permanent solution of having water lines to supply the spray pad installed beneath the ground. If this is the route you take, you will have shutoff valves available on or near the pad to shut off the water. 

All in all, a concrete spray pad will be a greatly beneficial addition to your backyard if you have children on the constant lookout for something to do in the summer. If you would like to know more about concrete spray pads for residential properties, contact a contractor in your area who offers installation for more information.