How to Inspect Your Swing Set Before You Buy It

From our experience, if something is priced too good to be true, chances are it is! Whether you’re talking about a cheeseburger for a buck or a shiny new playset or swing set, if the price is too good to be true — be careful! While eating a fast food cheeseburger every once in a while is okay, your children’s playset isn’t the place to cut corners and compromise on quality.

After all, when you’re buying a playset for your children, your number one concern is ensuring that they’ll be safe as they play for years to come. This makes perfect sense to us. While that should be an easy thing to find, it can be hard to tell just by looking if the playset or swing set you are considering is truly safe. Some playsets can look great on the outside, but like a flabby fast food burger, they can let you down in more ways than one.

At Adventure World Play Sets, we know quality swing set construction and we know children’s safety. So we make it our mission to not only build the most fun sets on the market, but also the safest. As an insider in the swing set industry, we can give you the scoop on what to look for when buying a children’s swing set or playset.

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kids playing on swing set after a quality inspection

How to Inspect a Playset

The best way to know if your playset is good enough for your children is to examine it up close. Here are the tell-tale signs of a quality playset — or a “fast-food” playset.

  • Examine the bottom of the playset deck — Cheaper playsets will have splintered wood or even exposed nails or screws. Adventure World playsets are made using safe and smooth poly boards, the kind you’d see on upscale decks and porches.
  • Feel the posts/rails of the playhouse — Posts and rails should never cause splinters. To prevent this, you’ll want to make sure posts and rails are made of vinyl. Cheaper sets will cut corners and use painted or plastic-coated wood posts — in a few years, that’ll be the splinter central of your backyard. Ouch!
  • Look at the playhouse roof — While it’s not exactly a safety feature, checking out the playset roof will give you a good idea as to the overall quality. A cheap set will use fabric for the roof which weathers, fades, tears and gets moldy — a plastic roof won’t do that.
  • Check for extra/unnecessary screw holes — When you’re looking at the set you might buy, examine it up-and-down for extra/unnecessary screw holes in the frame of the set itself. This attention to detail will get missed on some manufacturing assembly lines, but not from true craftsmen.
  • Get hands-on with the slide — If the slide doesn’t feel sturdy to you, trust your gut. It probably isn’t sturdy enough to handle your children’s activities.
  • Locate rubber sheathing on the swing chains — A little safety feature that says big things about the set’s quality. If the set has rubber sheathing or plastic sleeves on the swing chains, that’s a sign that it was made to accommodate children’s comfort and safety.
  • Get a feel for the overall sturdiness and weight of the set — When you feel one of our playsets, you know that it’s well-built from the structures’ weight alone.

Learn about the other ways our sets are designed with safety in mind.

One other thing to investigate when looking at a swing set is the warranty — particularly on the set frame. The warranty the company offers says EVERYTHING about what they think of their own product quality. For example, we offer an unprecedented 20-year warranty on the frame of our swing sets. It’s easiest for us to have the best warranty because we build the best sets.

However, an average playset warranty is about 5 years. Here’s what we say: If they don’t trust their set for more than 5 years, why would you? It’s as simple as that.

American Parts and Construction for Maximum Quality

If you inspect an Adventure World playset, you’ll see that it passes every point of inspection with flying colors. That’s no coincidence either.

Our playsets are built exclusively in our Lancaster, PA workshop by skilled Amish craftsmen. We use top-quality, local American materials, to craft the playsets and swing sets of your children’s dreams. While most “fast-food” playsets tend to come from overseas, your Adventure World sets are built right in Lancaster County, PA!

We’re proud to use local materials to build our backyard playsets — check it out:

  • The lumber at the core of our sets comes from several forests in the southern United States and they are pressure-treated in Lancaster County, PA.
  • Our metal brackets are powder-coated to resist rust, and they are made in Honey Brook in Chester County, PA.
  • Our vinyl exteriors are made in Dauphin County, PA.
  • Our slides are made in Leola & Strasburg, right in Lancaster County, PA.
connector beam on playset made with American parts

Find an Adventure World Play Sets Dealer near You

Interested in finding a world-class swing set for your children? Adventure World Play Sets is the name to know. Top-to-bottom, our huge variety of colorful playsets are built to maximize safety and fun.

Like we always say, the best way to find out about a playset is to check it out in person, and if possible, that’s what we recommend doing.

From our family-owned workshop in Lancaster County, we bring our playsets to the world through our dedicated dealer network. Find a dealer near you and check out our world class sets in person today!

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The best swingset company, in my opinion! We are an independent contractor that works for a lot of companies. Adventure world swingsets are built very well. They will last more than one generation.
Jay Flaud
Jay Flaud
Reasonable price, great warranty, well installed. Kids will love it1
John Lippert
John Lippert
Amazing quality! Definitely worth the purchase since kids play all day on it!
Isabella Laris Logan
Isabella Laris Logan
Just got a wonderful playset for our preschool. It is fantastic!! It has been an easy experience.
Bethany Brown
Bethany Brown
Great quality playset. Arrived quickly. Installation and communication through J&R Mulch Waynesboro PA was excellent
Allison Hickman
Allison Hickman
If you ever need a swingset installed in your backyard or anywhere, you MUST get it from here.
Steven Rice
Steven Rice
We have been trying to purchase one of these play sets for months and none of the dealers in our area will call us back about purchasing one. I wish the purchasing process was easier than "find a vendor in your local area". No one here wants to build them! The Happy Hideout looks like an amazing product for my toddler to grow into. I'm sad no one will build them or call us back. Edit: The company contacted me personally and found a vendor in my area!
Charlotte Doty
Charlotte Doty
Great people to work with and high quality! Highly recommend, my kids love their new play house!
Ashley McGinnis
Ashley McGinnis