I know I’ve been advocating to choose a good metal swing set but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the wooden ones. In fact they are great if you can afford them. I’ll tell you why.
But first, the price.
|One of the most important reasons which stops people from buying wooden swing sets is their price. In general they are considered more luxury and more feature-rich than the metal play sets. They are usually bigger and often look better. You can verify that yourself on our web store.
The price is 2-3 times higher than the price of similar metal swing sets. You have to deal with that – there is no workaround – except eventually buying used.
To be more specific, the simplest wooden play sets start from around $500 and the more featured ones can reach $2,000 – $3,000.
Now, the good
As they say you get what you pay for. The wooden outdoor swing sets are one of the best gifts you can buy for your kids (and why not for the entire family). Here are just the main advantages:
- They look better. No doubt they are. Wood is more friendly material, nicer for touching and easier colored in different colors
- They don’t rust. If you don’t carefully paint and treat your metal swing set, it may rust and become dangerously corrupted by corrosion. The wooden sets don’t rust.
- Setup is easy. If you have decided to buy a kit instead of complete set, you should have no problems building and installing it. Although you may need help from a friend or family member, assembling will be much easier than if you try to do it with metal play sets.
- They can sustain big temperature differences. I suggest you not to tough metal sets which have stayed few hours under the summer sunlight, neither touch ones when it’s too cold outside. This problem does not exist with the wood – it don’t warm up so much from the sunlight, neither freeze in the winter.
How To Choose Wooden Play Sets
If we ignore the cost, there are few things to consider when buying wooden swing sets.
First, think about where to buy from – online or from a retail chain store. Buying from a local store may ensure that you’ll have your swing set properly installed (even for free). On the other hand, you’ll probably have much better choice if you search online, you may get a better price and you can see comments from people who have bought the same tools.
When looking at various models, make sure you understand what the kit includes – I would always prefer a complete kit because it saves a lot of time. Some kits are not complete and require you to do extra work in assembling (they do this to be able to offer lower price).
Finally, you need to pay special attention to the wood material – it must be a high quality weather treated wood unless you want to veneer it. Veneering is time consuming and expensive so it’s much better to pay a bit more for quality wood.
Wooden swing sets are really great and it’s great to have them in your garden. This doesn’t mean that metal ones are not good however – the choice between both types depends on your preferences, budget and the landscape in your garden. Some landscapers can only bear wooden swing sets, while for others any kind fits well.
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