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Swing Set Buyer's Guide

Your Backyard:

playset safety area

Safety Zones. As a rule of thumb, it's great to plan for about a 6' safety zone around the perimeter of your swing set as pictured in the diagram to the right. This gives kids plenty of room to zoom down the slide, climb up the rock wall, or swing sky high on the swings. This also gives children enough “tumble room” if they happen to loose their balance or trip while playing on the play set.

You can find safety zone information under the “specs” tab for each swing set we carry.

Leveling. It's important to set up your swing set in a relatively level area of your yard to ensure that your swing set is stable. In most cases you can simply dig one side of the set down up to 3” to correct minor leveling issues.

If your yard has quite a bit of slope to it, give us a call and we'll help you work through your slope issues.

Play Features:

Each swing set has it's own unique set of play features. Some are designed with a lot of climbing features while others may be geared towards forts and playhouses. Ask your kids what they like. You'll have no trouble getting them to spout off their favorite things to do on the playground! If you're still not quite sure what your kids would enjoy most in a swing set, take them to a park and observe what they gravitate to. This will will help you find the perfect play set for your family.

Safety:

All of our swing sets meet or exceed all United States safety guidelines. We can say with confidence that these puppies are safe!

Playground Surfacing:

Playground surfacing is an excellent way to bring added safety to your playground area. Most playground surfaces have a fall height rating. This means that they are rated to cushion a child's fall from a given height. The fall height rating depends on the material and depth used. We have put together a chart of common playground surfaces to help you decide which option is right for you.

playground surfacing chart

Should I buy a wood, metal, or vinyl swing set?

Wood Swing Sets. Wood swing sets are our most popular option. They are strong and durable, they look amazing in just about any backyard, and they have a ton of features and options! All of our wood swing sets are made out of cedar, preserved pine, or vinyl coated pine. This means that they are resistant to rot and decay and will last many years if maintained properly.

Maintenance for wooden swing sets typically involves an occasional staining and nut and bolt check. Specific maintenance instructions will be included in your owners manual.

Metal Swing Sets. Metal swing sets are an excellent choice because they are virtually maintenance free. Our metal swing sets have powder coated components that keep them protected from the weather giving you a sturdy playset for years to come.

Vinyl Swing Sets. Vinyl swing sets are another low maintenance option. They are essentially wood swing sets that are completely covered in vinyl. This creates a durable protective layer between the wood and the the elements. With a vinyl swing set you can enjoy many of the features of a wood swing set without ever having to re-stain it.