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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLAYSET  By Jennifer Royer

Summer is here and the thoughts of our children naturally turn to the fun and adventures that await them in the warmth of the sun.  Now is the perfect time to give our children a safe environment to enjoy the great springtime weather and create memories that will last a lifetime. Now is the perfect time to invest in a play set.

 Typically, when parents want to purchase a play set, they head out to Wal-Mart, Home Depot or warehouse stores, thinking that they will find their best deals there. However, as you compare play sets, there are several things that you need to keep in mind:

Construction Without a doubt we want our children to be as safe as possible so be sure to select a play set that is constructed using sturdy and long-lasting 4×4 and 4×6 construction. Look for heavy duty bolts and screws without nails or staples. Be sure the play set is sturdy enough for you as an adult to get on. Look for a wood that protects against rot and infestation (the newest treatment isMCQ Yellawood pressuretreated pine. It is the only environmentally friendly treatment currently available.) Let’s face it, you’re in the South and we have an abundance of humidity and termites. Be proactive, not reactive.

Planing Look for a play set that accommodates the current and future needs and activities of your children. A set that is great for your 4 year old may not be the best set for a 10 year old, so plan accordingly. A manufacturer is the best place to custom design your play set to tailor the activities to those that your children enjoy; from forts to swings, slides to picnic tables, tire swings to a trapeze…the list is endless! Choose a company that will allow you to choose for your child.

Location Where will you situate your play set? Do you have a level spot cleared? Is the area mulched? Look for the level areas of your yard. If your set is installed on uneven ground, the wood could warp and break. Measure the area to ensure that your new play set will fit in to your chosen space. If you’ve selected a company that will install, be sure that installation is included in your cost and that there are no extra charges. Many companies do require level areas to install your set, so confirm that they can accommodate your terrain.

Affordability Are discount chain stores, home improvement stores or warehouse stores truly more affordable? Remember that if you choose that option, you will have to install the play set yourself. This is great if you enjoy this type of project, but your average mom and dad is not prepared for the number of hours it will require to construct the set. Keep in mind that if you install the play set yourself, you run the risk of constructing it incorrectly which will affect the integrity and safety of your play set. Look for a company that uses professional installers who are trained to construct play sets. If you purchase a play set directly from a local manufacturer, you’ll benefit from personal service, a local warranty provider and someone who cares specifically about your child and the product they are providing. This is an important investment, so look for a play set that provides at least a 20 year warranty. A safe play environment for your child is worth the cost.

 When you choose the right play set, your children will enjoy your investment for years to come!  

About the Author: Jennifer Royer is the owner of Wee Monsters Playsets in Dacula, Georgia, With 18 years in business, Wee Monsters offers quality play sets at a great value. For more information and answers to all your play set questions, contact Jennifer at  jennifer@weemonsters.net or 770-995-KIDZ or visit their website at www.weemonstersplay.com  to see a wide selection of our play sets or stop by the showroom at 1152 Auburn Road, Dacula, Georgia.

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