You can almost hear the squeals of laughter in the backyard as you imagine your children playing on the new swing set. There are many things to consider when buying a swing set, but before you have some fun shopping for cool amenities like tunnel slides and together swings, it’s essential to examine the various materials options available.
Children will be spending countless hours on their new swing set, so it has to be durable, safe, and kid-friendly. Most of all, a swing set is an investment in fun! So once it’s up, you will want the family to spend hours enjoying it.
What are your options? Typically, swing sets are available in three materials – metal, wood, or vinyl that all have different benefits and potential drawbacks.
Metal Swing Sets
Metal swing sets can get those kids swinging in no time since they can be more cost-effective and generally simpler to install. A great longevity feature of metal sets is that they do not warp or rot. However, you must ensure they have a powder-coated finish to prevent rusting and deterioration.
If correct standards are followed, metal swing sets can have long-lasting durability even through harsh weather conditions and heavy use. Since stabilizing the set is best done by cementing into the ground, the future ability to relocate the set is a challenge. And if you’re going for maximum aesthetic appeal, you may want to bypass this more industrial look.
Wooden Swing Sets
A wooden set has a natural appearance that will look right at home in your backyard. These types of sets offer fort spaces and charming hideaways not usually found in standard metal swing sets. Lumber used for sets should be pressure treated, which will prevent rot and pest infestation.
Woods like cedar are resistant to insects and rot, enhancing the durability over time. Even so, you will need to keep an eye out for splinters. The good news is that simple damage can be easily repaired. But as they say, beauty comes at a price. You may find you’re staining or painting your set from time to time to keep it looking tip-top.
Though the wooden set may take a little longer to assemble, it will be as sturdy as the cedar tree they’re made from, which provides peace of mind for parents. If you take care of your set properly with wood preservation treatments, it can last for your grandkids to take a spin!
Vinyl Swing Sets
Splinter-free and maintenance-free, vinyl swing sets are a strong contender in the swing set market. With an endless array of design possibilities, these swing sets are made with recycled materials that are longer lasting and retain their original look.
Fading can be prevented with integrated UV protection, designed to keep the color vibrant for many years. Upkeep and cleaning is another bonus for the buyer, with materials that can easily be cleaned with soap and water.
Though these swing sets typically have a higher cost compared to metal and wood, over time, a vinyl set will actually pay for itself as it will not need repairs and maintenance. An investment in a set that will not rust, rot, chip, or splinter is an investment in the future and an investment in fun!