So let’s talk a little about redwood swing sets and see why the have a tendency to be the first choice when parents start looking at wooden swing sets for their backyard. Now I would imagine that you’ve probably seen redwood sets somewhere in your neighborhood when you’ve been driving to and from your house because they really do happen to stand out due to their unique reddish color.
Sure, you can get other types of woods to kind of look like redwood through the use of various types stains but nothing really compares to the natural look of this wonderful wood species.
Now before any of you get your knickers in a knot and think that companies are cutting down and destroying the redwood forests in California just to satisfy the whims of a bunch of kids and parents in Rhode Island (or you can choose any state and insert it), let’s set the record straight and put your minds at ease. Ok?
Here are the facts. The redwood used in the manufacturing of kids swing sets that are produced and sold, actually come from privately owned second and third generation forests and the harvesting companies continually replant so that this wonderful wood is very sustainable and will be for plenty of generations to come.
If you want to read even further about this wonderful resource of ours, you can get all the facts about redwood production from the California Redwood Association. With that out of the way, let’s move on shall we?
So What Makes Redwood Swing Sets So Special?
I’m glad you asked that question and since you have, I’ll give you some answers. First of all, let’s start with the wood itself and why the heck is it red. Now I promise I’m not going to go all geeky on you and spit out a bunch of scientific terms that will make your eyes glaze over. Ok?
The reason this wood species is reddish in color is that it contains a compound called tannin. Again, no need to get geeky and go any further except to explain what this tannin does. For one, it makes the wood naturally resistant to insects. Second of all this tannin makes the wood resistant to decay. And these are both factors that other woods are susceptible to and why for the longest time other species of wood had to be treated with pesticides and other nasty chemicals so that they too would last in an outdoor setting.
With redwood, there is no reason to treat the wood. It has natural defenses supplied by Mother Nature. Since you don’t have to chemically treat redwood swing sets, your kids aren’t exposed to any type of pesticides.
What you have to understand is that your swing set is exposed to all sorts of pests from the day it arrives. So to me it just seems like good ole common sense to have a wood that termites and carpenter bees really don’t like. Now let’s talk about decay. Remember, the base of a swing set sits on the ground and is exposed to all the elements 365 days a year. By using redwo0d in today’s kids swing sets, you have a set that will naturally last longer.
In fact you have a swing set that you can probably hand down to your kids when they have kids of their own! Yeah, that’s the real beauty of redwood swing sets if you ask me.
Care And Feeding Of Redwood Swing Sets – Things You Need To Know
The first thing you need to do if you are considering investing in any of the redwood swing sets that now exist in today’s marketplace, is put aside the sales brochure or sales page (if you are going to make your purchase online) and listen up for just a wee bit. And here is why.
As I was sifting through various manufacturers fact sheets on these kids swing sets, it seemed that many all had one thing in common and that was telling you that your new redwood swing set would be virtually maintenance free. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but that’s not quite accurate.
Maybe they couldn’t figure out a way to tell you that you will have less maintenance than you would with other types of swing sets, but you still are going to have some and please don’t let anybody tell you differently.
Granted, it won’t be much, but the reality is that with constant exposure to the elements, redwood can loose a little bit of its natural luster. How long it takes in the area that you live I have no idea. But it will eventually happen. So no big deal really as you have plenty of non toxic stains and preservatives that can be used to bring back its great natural color.
All in all though, redwood swing sets will outlast and outperform just about any other type of backyard swing set that you can imagine.