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How Much Maintenance Does a Wooden Playset or Swing Set Need?

When parents are looking to buy an outdoor playset for their kids, they have two main choices: vinyl and wood. While they seem fairly similar on the surface, when you dig deeper, you start to notice the crucial differences.

One of the biggest differences between the two playset materials is how much maintenance each one requires, each and every year. While vinyl Adventure World Play Sets are virtually maintenance-free, wooden playsets demand a full list of maintenance to keep from falling apart in your backyard.

At Adventure World Play Sets we believe in educating customers BEFORE they make a final decision — that’s why we want to share the maintenance requirements to keep a backyard wooden playset safe and sturdy for children.

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Wooden Playset Maintenance Needs

Your playset will spend years exposed to the beating sun, the wind, the snow, and the rain — all of which take their toll. Since the sturdy timber frames of heavy vinyl covered sets are wrapped in a vinyl exterior, they stay protected from the elements.

Wooden playsets don’t have the same protection, so as the customer you need to work overtime, performing frequent maintenance. Skipping that maintenance can cause your wooden playset to fall apart or even become unsafe for your children.

Here are the 5 main types of wooden playset maintenance you can’t afford to miss:

  1. Sealing Just like you need to seal your wooden deck to keep it from rotting, your wooden playset requires the same attention. Applying a waterproof sealant to your entire wooden playset is a once-a-year task that’s necessary to keep it from rotting or falling apart. Naturally, this is pretty annoying to most homeowners — after all, you wanted to buy something exciting from your children, not sign-on for a yearly project.
  2. Finding and Fixing Splinters You need to examine the set’s wooden surface with a fine-tooth comb, looking for potential splinters that could hurt young hands. Any splinters you find will need to be smoothed out with a power sander. By wrapping our sets in smooth and sturdy vinyl, Adventure World ensures that splinters are never an issue even after decades of ownership.
  3. Staining The only optional item on the wooden playset maintenance checklist. If you don’t stain your wooden playset regularly, the rich wooden color will fade quickly. Essentially, if you want to keep your set looking presentable you have another outdoor project — otherwise, it’ll just end up resembling driftwood. With some soap and water, you can keep an Adventure World vinyl set looking just as exciting as the day you bought it.
  4. Watching out for Weathering Spending day after day expanding and contracting in the hot sun causes wooden playsets to weather prematurely. While this isn’t something swing set maintenance can prevent, you still need to make sure your set isn’t too warped or weathered to support your children’s weight.
  5. Hunting for Mold and Rot The biggest safety concern for any wooden playset, mold doesn’t just leave the set looking gross. When mold grows on the surface of your set, it begins to infiltrate into the wood core, causing it to rot. A swing set with rotten beams or a rotten playset floor needs to be condemned — it just isn’t safe for children any longer. You need to make hunting for the mold and rot a part of your regular playset maintenance. On the other hand, our high-quality vinyl sets repel rot, keeping the timber frame safe for decades of fun.
While wooden and vinyl playsets seem similar, one is a WAY bigger commitment in outdoor chores, and most homeowners don’t appreciate that.

At Adventure World Play Sets, we’re dedicated to building the safest, most-fun and highest-quality playsets. That’s why we use vinyl — we always have and always will.

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We are so pleased with this purchase. Our little ones have so enjoyed this play-set. It is so very worth the price, so well-made. I look forward to having grandkids playing on it one day!
Margaret Woods
Margaret Woods
18:49 25 Aug 20
We purchased an Adventure World Vinyl play station from Back Yard Living at end of May. Unit was delivered and installed in the time frame quoted. Adam was very helpful with information on various units and manufacturers. We decided to go with the maintenance free all vinyl clad swing set, play station from Adventure World. Unit was professionally and thoroughly installed yesterday. This unit is extremely well built and solid. Backyard Living was a pleasure to work with and we are extremely satisfied with the product we chose and the company who provided unit and installed I would wholeheartedly recommend Back Yard living as your go to company for your children's play station!!!
Dave Lake
Dave Lake
18:15 08 Jul 20
Purchased a an Adventure World BasecampModel swingset/ play unit from Backyard Living in Richmond,MI. Adam was extremely helpful with information to help me make my decision. Unit was ordered and was delivered and installed in the time frame quoted. Installation was very professional and thorough. We could not be more satisfied with this completely vinyl clad unit, solidly built, great safety features. I would wholeheartedly recommend Backyard Living for your go to company for a swingset/PlayStation!! Dave Troy,MI
Dave Lake
Dave Lake
17:21 08 Jul 20
great quality and value , very professional
charlie tebele
charlie tebele
16:04 05 Jun 20
You will not be disappointed with these sets! We have had one for 11 years now, just washed it off with soap and a garden hose after winter and looks like it did when new! It might seem like quite an investment upfront but is worth it. We bought when we had our first son and now have 4 kids playing on it! Our grandkids will use this set someday. Worth every dollar we spent on it!
Mark Gingerich
Mark Gingerich
01:39 12 Apr 20
Awesome, sturdy and affordable equipment coupled with great customer service. A win win for our preschool!
Karen Bowermaster
Karen Bowermaster
18:38 19 Sep 19