If you’re about to buy a swing set for your backyard, one of the first considerations is the type of material it’s made from: metal, plastic or wood? We recommend a solid wood set, preferably made in the USA. While metal and plastic sets may cost less, wood swing sets are ultimately a better value due to their rugged longevity, safety and more customizable options.

Plastic sets cannot hold excessive weight and don’t come with as many features and options. Metal sets are often the least expensive, but they also lack options and can easily be weakened by rust unless you get a rust guarantee.

In comparison, wood play sets are much sturdier and can last 15-20 years. They typically support 120 pounds or more per person. They usually offer more fun features such as rings, towers, forts and other components. And most people prefer wood for its nicer and more natural aesthetic appearance in the yard.

Wood swing sets do require time for installation and maintenance, but the pay-offs are worth it. Installation and assembly can be time-consuming; that’s why we recommend professional installation. The cost is reasonable, and you’ll probably save many hours of your time, avoid aggravation and enjoy the reassurance of knowing that it was assembled according to the strictest safety guidelines.

A wood set also needs periodic maintenance so that the hardware can be tightened and the wood can be re-sealed or re-painted. Again, while you can do this yourself, it’s best to hire a professional to ensure that the work best protects the set’s stability, longevity and safety.

A high-quality wooden swing set is one of the best choices you can make as it fosters kids’ fitness, fun and creativity. So consider wood first—and call us for advice if needed!

Visit Backyard Dreams at backyard-dreams.com to learn more about our wooden swing sets from top brands including Backyard Fun Factory, Tree Frogs and Gorilla Playsets. Backyard Dreams installs and maintains wood play sets throughout Colorado, including Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Contact us about current specials!