How Should I Maintain My Vinyl Playset in Winter?
Vinyl playsets are manufactured using heavy-duty materials and are virtually maintenance free. They are built to hold up in just about any weather, including excessive heat and humidity, prolonged rain and dampness, and, in the winter, low temperatures and snowy or icy conditions. As you prepare for winter to settle in, you’ll be happy to know that there is no extra maintenance that needs to be done to prep your vinyl playset for winter weather.
Do I Need to Remove My Accessories?
All high-performance playset accessories are designed to withstand the winter elements and it’s perfectly safe to leave them up all year round. However, it is possible to extend the life of your belt swings, tire swings, gliders, and other accessories if you do remove them from your playset in winter months. You can also remove any canvas canopies so they are not subjected to strong winds or the weight of snow piles. Additionally, remember to cover your sandbox with your sandbox cover.
We offer a pre-winter service to help you get your playset ready for the cold. By removing your swings and canvas roof, you can extend the life of your playset and protect it from the winter months!
Encourage Outdoor Play – Even In the Winter
You may think staying indoors through the winter is the safe and healthy option. However, you should not be afraid of pulling out your children’s hats, gloves, and boots, layering up, and heading outside for some outdoor winter fun.
There are actually several benefits of playing outside during the winter which include:
- Increased exposure to fresh air helps to strengthen a child’s immune system by limiting their exposure to germs and bacteria that are thriving indoors.
- Playing outdoors, especially moving through piles of snow, allows children to strengthen muscles and practice gross motor skills that they wouldn’t use for indoor play.
- Sun exposure is a great source of vitamin D, which promotes calcium absorption and healthy bones. Vitamin D also changes serotonin levels in the brain which can lead to happier moods.
Additionally, playing outdoors in the winter stimulates parts of a child’s imagination and problem-solving skills that they wouldn’t use indoors. For example, how can we still have fun on a playset covered in snow?! Vinyl swing sets are built for fun in all weather, so we encourage children to come up with creative ways to keep playing with each other on their playset in winter months.