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Wooden Swing Sets

Wide Range of Options

Wood is an easy material to work with, and is also readily available. You’ll have more options to choose from, like climbing structures to swing sets and slide combinations. Wood fixtures are also available in a variety of sizes depending on the size of your back yard. It is a good idea to consider the available space when choosing a swing set.

Durability and Sturdiness

Wood is naturally sturdy and durable, which are two things you want to hear about any significant investment you intend on making. Sturdy wood means that it can comfortably handle the weight of multiple children playing on the swing set at the same time, alleviating safety concerns. The durability factor also means that you don’t have to replace your investment immediately after making the purchase. Wood is not susceptible to rusting or other environmental conditions.

Wood Swing Set Safety Tips

Once you have settled on a wooden swing set, the next logical step is to make it as safe as possible for your children. A good place to start is buying your swing set from a professional designer who takes child safety seriously. In addition to this, there are other little steps you can take to ensure your children are safe during their play time.

Covering the ground around the play area is definitely a top safety tip to take seriously. A lot of children are injured on both private and public play equipment, so your task will be to mitigate the risk. A good way to do this is to cover the surrounding play area with pea gravel, play sand, rubberized mulch or bark. These are great for cushioning falls especially in high-risk areas such as under ladders and monkey bars.

It is also important to look out for entrapment hazards. This is a concern when choosing climbing nets. Purchasing nets specially designed with children’s safety in mind is a great way to avoid this risk. In addition, ensure that any opening on the equipment that is above the ground is no less than 3 inches or more than 9.5 inches. This helps to avoid entrapment.

Inspecting the play set regularly is also an essential part of ensuring your children’s safety. Look out for peeling paint, missing parts or rotten wood. The reality is that even the best built play equipment is subject to damage when exposed to the elements for prolonged periods of time. Wear and tear or other damage is inevitable. It is a good idea to ask the manufacturer or designer to conduct inspections and give repair recommendations when purchasing the swing set.

Working with wooden swing sets is unique because the wood needs to be properly cleaned and resealed at least every few years. A light but thorough power wash every few years is a great maintenance tip to get rid of dirt and debris that accumulates over the years of use. This should be followed with the application of a coat sealant in order to protect the wood.