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Things to consider when purchasing a swingset

April 15, 2012

Are you buying a kids swing set? Care should be taken, whether you are purchasing for a baby or a toddler, so as to make sure that you choose the correct one based on the age of your children. In addition, you would want to buy play equipment that is intended for longterm use for the practical reason that you will not have to buy a new set when your child already outgrows his or her current swing set. Read on for a more detailed discussion on what to consider when purchasing a new kids swing set.

Will the swings be for an older baby, toddler, or child?

Older babies and toddlers are not strong enough to hold themselves while sitting. Make sure that the equipment that you are buying provides enough support to the child's spine. There are models that have a soft plastic seat that can be replaced when the child is big enough to support himself or herself. If you have older children, you have more options to choose from. If you do not want a high maintenance set, choose the one that is made of metal. Wooden swing sets are available pre-assembled or you can choose to assemble them at home. Make sure to make a list of features that you would like included. A standard play set normally comes with two swings and a slide but you can find other variations if you do not want this setup.

What type of material is appropriate for your child?

Swings sets made of pine are soft, which means that they are not the most durable. The problem with soft wood is that it will deteriorate from the inside out you would not know if the frame is already rotting. Other types of material that you can choose include lumber, wood, vinyl, and vinyl clad combination. Wooden sets can last for about 10 to 15 years especially if you conduct annual maintenance and monthly inspections. Meanwhile, if proper care, vinyl swings can last even up to 25 years. Unlike those that are made of plastic, which tend to crack after a few years, metal structures definitely last longer.

It is important to choose a backyard swing that is strong enough to withstand not only the test of time and the outdoor environment but also the burst of energy of the kids who will be using it.

Here are additional tips that you should consider:

When looking to buy a swing set, make sure that you get good value for your money. It is important to compare the features of a number of different models to know that you are getting what you pay for.

Pay attention to the details of the swing set that you are buying. Those that possess rounded corners and have smooth surfaces are highly recommended for kids. Try to choose play equipment free of sharp corners and rough surfaces.