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Why Redwood Stands Out as the Best Choice in Swing Sets

Jun 15, 2008
When discussing wooden swing sets, it seems everyone has their favorite. For a variety of different reasons, some people prefer pine, others opt for cedar and then there are the redwood lovers. Whatever you ultimately choose, you should know why redwood swing sets are the best choice you can make.

By knowing more about the qualities of redwood, you're better able to understand why it's such a popular choice for so many and what sets it apart as the best choice for a wooden swing set. You also need to be aware that there are differences in redwood quality and if you know what they are, you'll know if you're getting what you're paying for.

Redwood has a unique pinkish-red color which turns to gray as it ages. There are several grades of redwood, but one of the most commonly used grades for outdoor construction is called Con-Heart. The 'con' stands for construction grade and the 'heart' refers to the fact that it comes from the inner part of the tree, or the heart of the tree.

It's this redwood that is naturally resistant to insects and rotting. Wood taken from the outer part of the tree must be stained each year to prevent decay. Many companies offer redwood swing sets, but if it isn't taken from the heart of the tree, it will require some maintenance. You'll never have to do any staining or sanding on swing sets made from Con-Heart grade Redwood.

Something to be aware of is the presence of any white wood in the swing set you're considering. This is sapwood and has no resistance at all to insects or decay. If you see sapwood, you're not getting Con-Heart wood, because heartwood doesn't have any sapwood. An advantage to wood from the heart of the tree is that its resistance goes throughout the wood so that exposed parts that have been sawed or nailed are just as safe from bugs and diseases.

Redwood is also naturally stable and while all woods swell and shrink to some point depending on moisture in the environment, redwood does it less than the others. This means redwood stays flatter and retains its shape much better, with a lower risk of warping, splitting, or cracking.

The true test of durability comes in how your set looks after many years of use. Redwood is very durable and even after as long as 20 years later, will hold its looks better than most other woods of the same age.

If you're going to pay a premium price for a premium wood like redwood, be sure you're getting what you're paying for. Companies have been known to use a combination of woods like redwood and red cedar, or Chinese Fir and still advertise it as redwood. Do your homework and know what you're actually paying for. Ask questions and read the fine print before you sign anything.

For the ultimate benefits of redwood, find out if Con-Heart grade redwood was used for all pieces of the swing set. This way you're assured of getting all the natural protection redwood has to offer, not just in the beams and larger pieces, but throughout the entire swing set.
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Author: Alex Petigraw is an expert on Children's Play Equipment. Get more information on Swing Sets Free guide on choosing the right Swing Set
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