1. Quality Swing Sets Are Built to Last
When you’re buying a new swing set, you want to focus on quality materials that require little maintenance, can withstand extreme weather conditions and won’t show signs of wear and tear. In a previous post, we’ve discussed the different types of materials used in the construction of a swing set or play set and the advantages of each.
While wood structures need regular maintenance and can show wear quickly and metal swing sets are prone to rust, vinyl playsets are considered premium construction. Constructed of pressure treated wood wrapped in a protective vinyl coating, with just a yearly cleaning, a quality swing set can hold up wonderfully for years.
2. Quality Swing Sets Meet Safety Guidelines
Safety is priority #1 when you buy a swing set for your children. Quality playset manufacturers are going to understand the safety guidelines and ensure that their products are constructed to meet (or exceed) regular safety requirements. When you’re buying a new swing set, take note of the following safety guidelines:
- Openings should be less than 3.5 inches or greater than 9 inches to prevent head entrapment
- Metal hooks or springs should be covered, not exposed and S-hooks should be closed as tightly as possible
- Swings should hang from chains, not ropes
- Elevated areas over 30” should include guard rails
3. Quality Swing Sets Can Grow With You
The playset you buy today to entertain your 4-year-old may not bring as much enjoyment years down the line when being used by an 8-year-old. The best swing sets are constructed with the ability to adapt as your children grow.
For younger children, start with easy-to-navigate ramps and short slides. Add to that a bucket swing and a two-child glider swing. But when little ones grow taller and stronger, a quality manufacturer will be able to easily expand your set to include new equipment. Upgrade to belt swings or a tire swing. Add a cargo net, trapeze, fireman’s pole or monkey bars as they become appropriate for your child.
4. Quality Swing Sets Offer High-End Accessories
The accessories you choose for your child’s swing set can take their play experience from good to great. Many playsets come with standard accessories like a captain wheel or a plastic telescope. But a quality playset has multiple options that can create imaginative, interactive play time for your family. Look for high-end playset accessories like fully functioning binoculars, spotlights, megaphones or even water cannons.