The change is happening and it seems almost inevitable now, as the wooden swing set is slowly becoming the norm in both the backyard and the playground. And swing sets of metal, while they haven’t vanished altogether, appear at least to be losing some ground. Some of the reasons for this change have to do with safety issues, though people may also simply be hunting for a more natural look. Whatever the case, both residential swing sets and their playground cousins are undergoing considerable changes.
A wooden swing set is more attractive in many ways because it eliminates the hard, unyielding surfaces that can potentially bring injury in metal sets. It’s true that the versions of wood need to be produced and maintained in very specific ways, while a galvanized steel swing set won’t rust, and might last for decades. But with the concern about safety in both the backyard swing set and its playground counterpart, most manufacturers have now moved to wood as their primary material.
In colder climates, for example, there has always been the risk of a child’s skin becoming frozen to the metal on the older play sets. And during a hot summer, there’s the reverse problem of a child being burned by the over-heated metal. On the other hand, a swing set made of wood, while it also cools down and heats up, doesn’t hit nearly the temperature extremes as metal does. Yes, if not properly maintained, wood can be subject to rotting; however, if these sets are made of pressure treated lumber, then this decay is much less likely.
A wooden swing set can also have extras added to it more easily than a metal set can. With different types of wood staining, you can even match it to the rest of your outdoor decor, like the fence, patio chairs, picnic table, and so on. It will blend more easily into a natural setting, while simultaneously being a custom swing set with a certain style that belongs to you. Metal swing sets have their own advantages, and there are pros and cons to both metal and wood as a choice. But for now, the tide of opinion seems to have landed squarely on the side of the wooden sets.
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