This blog was originally published on 6/20/16. It was updated on 10/7/19.
From schools and daycares to churches and apartment complexes, any facility can benefit from buying a commercial playset. Along with giving children a place to play, playgrounds give adults a space to gather and talk. Regardless of your organization, commercial-grade playground equipment can help bring your community together. Keep reading to learn more about why you should consider buying a commercial playset.
1. Commercial Playsets are Versatile Play Options
From toddlers to pre-teens, everyone loves a playset. They help younger children get steadier on their feet as they develop and practice balance and motor skills. Playsets also help older children build strength, flexibility, and endurance.
When you purchase a high-quality vinyl playset from Swing Kingdom, you can choose from a variety of fun accessories and add-ons, like:
- Swing accessories
- Roofs and canopies
2. Commercial Playsets Benefit Children in Many Ways
Outdoor play (like on a commercial playset!) is proven to benefit children mentally, physically, and emotionally. It helps kids develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Plus, playing with and talking to other children helps build their social skills.
Playing outside also gets kids away from TV, smartphones, and video games. This is especially important as childhood obesity becomes more prevalent. In fact, the CDC reports 13.9% of 2 to 5-year-olds and 18.4% of 6- to 11-year-olds in America are obese. School playground equipment and playsets at parks are some of the best ways to combat this rising trend.
3. Commercial Playsets are Accessible for Everyone
Commercial grade playground equipment is required to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This ensures they’re accessible for children with disabilities.
ADA guidelines emphasize the need for ground-level play equipment and require each playset component to have an accessible route. You can read more in the Accessibility Guideline for Play Areas document, which was created by the United States Access Board.
4. Commercial Playsets Keep Kids Safe While They Play
Due to use zone requirements, playsets must be surrounded with extra square footage to keep kids safe as they play. Having a use zone decreases the likelihood that children will be injured in collisions with trees, fences, or other inanimate objects near the playset.
Use zones also provide a wide space for kids to walk around the play structure without being kicked or injured by children using the playset. Make sure your use zone is set on a shock-absorbing surface like rubber mulch, rubber mats, wood chips, or sand. These options lessen the impact when children fall and is much more forgiving than traditional blacktop or the bare ground.
For more information on playsets that will keep the kids in your community safe, check out our interview with Certified Playground Safety Inspector Phi Viet Le.
5. Commercial Playsets Are Durable and Low Maintenance
Commercial playsets typically come in three materials: vinyl, wood, or metal. Metal is the most cost-effective option, while wood offers a rustic, natural look. However, vinyl is the best choice if you want a playset that remains durable and attractive for years to come.
When you purchase a vinyl playset from Swing Kingdom, you can be sure you’re getting the best product on the market. Along with being durable and low-maintenance, our playsets are an inviting addition to any outdoor space.
Ready to Invest in a Commercial Playset?
Make sure you don’t skimp on quality when it comes to buying a commercial playset. While options made from metal or wood may be more cost-effective, they won’t last as long as a vinyl playset. Metal playsets can fall prey to rusting and chipped powder coating, and wooden playsets must be stained/painted periodically and sanded down to avoid splintering.
We have vinyl playsets to satisfy any budget, space, or creative vision, and keeping them clean is as easy as a quick annual power wash. Best of all, less time for maintenance means more time for play!