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Things to consider when buying a climbing frame

Submitted by on December 14, 2012 – 9:16 pmNo Comment

When you are spending a lot on a big ticket toy for your child, you need to make sure that you are getting the best value you can and also the best fit for them and you.  So there are a number of things to consider when buying outdoor climbing frames.

Size

Climbing Frames can take up a significant amount of space in a back garden, so it is important to ensure that you have the space for the frame in your garden, allowing at least 2 meters of clear space around the frame for safety.

So make sure that you get the dimensions of the product and take out a tape measure, some sand or a colored temporary spray paint or even string and mark out in your garden where you will place the frame.

Material

You can get both wooden climbing frames and metal climbing frames.  Metal climbing frames are much lighter and may be easier to construct, being made of tubular steel.  However, they can be prone to corrosion if not protected or disassembled during the winter months.

Wooden climbing frames are often much stronger, look more attractive and are more resistant to the elements provided they are regularly maintained.  In addition, the extra weight of a wooden frame increases it stability and the weight it can bear.

Wooden frames can come either as square section, or half round timbers.  Be aware that half round timbers are more susceptible to splitting which can compromise the strength of the frame and create finger trapping and splinter risks.

Siting

It is important to site your climbing frame on a level surface – it can be possible to place a modular climbing frame in a sloping garden, but each module would require a flat surface on which to be placed.  For ultimate stability,  climbing frames should be cemented into position

Surfaces

Never place your climbing frame on a hard surface such as concrete or tarmac, it is recommended that climbing frames are placed on grass.

You can increase the safety of the surface your Climbing Frame is placed on by utilising such materials as Playbark, Rubber Mulch or the more expensive commercial surfaces, such as the wet pour rubber seen in public play grounds.

 

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