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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Backyard Playset

By March 22, 2022No Comments
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It can be tough to choose the right backyard playset for your kiddos. Do you go with wood or metal or vinyl? Which will last? Which is the safest and which is the most fun? What kind of maintenance will it require?  While the components and design of the playset are definitely at the top of the considerations, there are a few other things you should definitely consider before making your decision.

Safety and Durability

A top concern when choosing a backyard playset is safety and durability. Children play rough, and making sure that their space is durable and as safe as possible is critical. Wood playsets can crack and decay over time, resulting in rough areas and splinters. They also tend to have exposed hardware which can pose a hazard. Metal can burn and often has sharp edges.

As far as safety and durability go, Vinyl playsets are the top of the class. The white and tan stay cool and smooth—even in the hot sun—and vinyl does not splinter or crack. You won’t have to worry about sharp or exposed hardware, and the durable material provides extra strength and support.


Another consideration is maintenance. How much time will you put in each season to ensure your playlet is safe and kept up? Quality, high-end vinyl playsets require no maintenance and will not be damaged by harsh weather. Playsets made of wood may require repair to water-damaged areas and all will require regular sanding and painting. All wood playsets require at least yearly maintenance to keep their look and to stay safe. 

Level of Fun

From your child’s perspective, the most crucial consideration is fun. Will the playset provide them with the activities and components they want? Can the playset be customized to meet your child’s individual needs and interests? Creating the ideal playset that works with your child’s physical abilities and wants will give you the best return on your investment.


Since the playset will likely take up a decent portion of your yard, it will be important to consider how it changes the yard’s appearance. Your playset should add to the aesthetics of your yard and enhance it. It should not be a distraction or an eyesore. Playsets that are easy to maintain and less likely to break down or become damaged by the elements will look newer longer. This will improve the appearance of your yard instead of detracting from it.


After all other decisions are made, you will need to determine what you can afford. When considering the price, you will need to take into consideration the cost of maintenance and the longevity of the equipment. It is also crucial to evaluate the quality of the equipment because, in the end, you always get what you pay for.  For example, you may pay more for a quality vinyl playset with no exposed bolts or metal,  but if it is higher quality and has less maintenance, it will likely be the best value in the end.

Finding the ideal backyard playset takes some planning and consideration. Yet, by taking the time to make a proper decision, you will find the perfect place for your children to exercise, use their imagination, get some fresh air and enjoy some fun. Ready to get started? Contact Ruffhouse Vinyl Play System today to find your perfect playset.