When choosing the perfect swing set for your child, there is a lot to consider! Playsets come in all shapes and sizes and offer a variety of accessories and finishes, but not all are built to last. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between wooden and metal swing sets, and what to consider when looking for your perfect set.

If you’re already set on a customizable wooden swing set, check out our wide variety of models.

Now let’s get down to the differences.

Weather-Friendly
Unlike wooden swing sets, metal swing sets fluctuate with the temperatures outside. In hot summer months, metal swing sets can be extremely hot to the touch (especially if they receive direct sunlight) and can cause some discomfort to play on. Of course, the same happens in the winter with freezing temperatures. Both materials, however, if quality-constructed, can withstand your everyday typical weather woes.

Maintenance
Between the two, wooden swing sets require more maintenance if you really want them to last a lifetime. We recommend for best performance to re-stain a wooden set every 4 years. Metal swing sets on the other hand need minimal maintenance other than a fresh new coat of paint every once in a while.

Aesthetics
There really isn’t a clear winner here since aesthetics are a personal choice. A wooden swing set’s natural material allows it to blend in more with your backyard setting. While the main structure is made of wood, a pop of color (or two or three) can be added with the selection of your accessories. Metal swing sets, on the other hand, stand out a bit more due to their manufactured materials. However, they can be painted whatever color the owner desires which some people prefer!

Durability
While metal swing sets are often selected for commercial playgrounds due to their durability and lower need for maintenance, they aren’t always the best choice for residential needs. Depending on the quality and steel gauge, metal swing sets can somethings bend in shape or begin rusting and corroding earlier than you would like. Wooden swing sets may require more maintenance throughout the years, but if this is kept up, and the wooden swing set is constructed of high-quality materials such as the No. 1 Grade Yellow Southern Pine we use, it will bring happiness for years to come.

Customizable
Wooden swing sets and playsets allow you to customize and add-on features throughout the years. For example, the area underneath your playset tower can hold a tire swing for the first few years and then be replaced with a picnic table for crafts, games, and lunchtime. Metal swing sets on the other hand aren’t as easy to customize without having to be innovative on your own.

Regardless of which type of swing set you choose, safety should always be your number one priority. At Green Tree Woodworks, we believe that “Quality Comes First” when it comes to the material, construction, and installation of your swing set or playset. Other than our exceptional swing sets, “wood” you like to know what really sets us apart? Learn more here.

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The holidays are just around the corner, and we are sure your kids are already busy drafting up their holiday wish lists. Instead of adding to their growing collection of video games and gadgets that will keep them inside, surprise them with a customized Green Tree Woodworks swing set or playhouse! In fact, it’s a gift that your entire family can enjoy together this winter.

(Family Fun Tip: We recommend decorating it together with twinkle lights, gathering in the tower for some hot chocolate, or using it as a fortress during the seasons’ first snowball fight.)

As the experts of backyard fun, we guarantee your kids will look forward to bundling up (despite the colder temperatures) to enjoy this backyard addition. Our swing sets are packed with fun activities and accessories for kids of all ages to enjoy. They will warm up in no time as they race to ride the swings and climb the tower to enjoy a few rides on the slide.

In addition, by the time springtime rolls around — when swing sets are in high demand — yours will already be outside waiting to be enjoyed!

Does your household already own a Green Tree Woodworks swing set or playhouse? That’s okay, we got you covered!

Shop our variety of accessories and extras to add new features to your pre-existing swing set to increase the fun and adventure! Or, surprise your kids with our wooden wishing well and picnic table — which can serve as an arts n’ crafts station in or outside your home!

With over 25 years of experience, Green Tree Woodworks specializes in creating adventure with our handcrafted swing sets and playsets. Whether you’re considering purchases a pre-designed wooden swing set or customizing your own, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our competitive pricing and delivery and setup services.

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