I haven't heard one mom or dad tell me that purchasing a swing set was an easy decision - so let me first congratulate you on your new purchase! Now that you've made your decision, here are some of the key questions parents have.
It’s easy to go into a store or browse a catalog and buy a swingset for your children, but the only thing easier than buying a swingset, is buying a bad one. These are the top seven features you should look for if you want a swingset that your children will enjoy for multiple years. You’ll avoid a lot of hassle by doing a little research upfront.
"Healthy kids are happy kids!" Before the days of cell phones and Facebook, it used to be easy to get kids outside and moving. My mother often had to SCREAM to get me back inside. Sadly, today this is more difficult. Our kids are getting on iPads and cell phones earlier than ever, and the time they spend outside is decreasing. But the good news is that by simply having a playset in your backyard, your kids will not only easily be able to go outside and play, they’ll WANT to!
One of the more frequent questions I'm asked is "Jay, what's the difference between Sunbrella, Vinyl and a wood roof on a swing set?" While looking at playsets for your child, one consideration is the type of roof or top that will be used on top of the main deck. There are several different types of tops with different features available. You will need to choose between a vinyl canopy, Sunbrella fabric canopy, or a wood roof. Let's go over the pros and cons of each type so you can make an informed decision on what to purchase.
In the information age, it almost always boils down to reviews and price. Many of us are used to doing hours and hours of research on a product we want to buy. We scour through product reviews, weeding out the fake and unhelpful ones. Once we've narrowed it down to the product we want, we then scour the net for the lowest price. Unfortunately, this doesn't work with buying swing sets online...yet.
Searching for the perfect playset can be a daunting task. Cedar? Redwood? Pine? Pressure treated? 5-foot or 6-foot deck? Square based or angle based? There are tons of options to choose from. However, there aren’t many trustworthy sources to inform you on those options and help you figure out which is the best for you and why. Let’s start simple...
I've been asked many times: "Jay - what's the best type of wood in a swing set?" I'll then reply emphatically - that depends. "Depends on what?" you might ask. Well it depends on what you are looking for. Are you looking for durability? Are you looking for beauty? Are you looking for the best value? Are you looking for the top of line? Let's take a look at (in my humble opinion) the 3 best types of woods used in today's swing sets. Each have their own pros and cons. I'll do my best to help you decide which is right for you.