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Lifespan of Playgrounds
How long do playgrounds last?
Along with the age-old question "how much does a new playground cost?" is the question of how long do playgrounds last? We typically say the standard lifespan is 8-10 years before considering a new installation or update; more recently, we have seen commercial playgrounds last as long as 15-20 years or even longer. When you stretch the life of your playground equipment, you need to make sure that it will be safe for children to play on.
Here are some guarantees from our warranty to keep in mind when considering a Superior Playgrounds structure:
- The warranty on our steel posts, stainless steel hardware, component clamps, and aluminum post caps are warranted for life*.
- Our recycled lumber is vandal resistant and contains additives that prevent sun deterioration, rotting, and splinters for 15 years.
- Our recycled posts for our recycled playground equipment are warranted for 25 years of use.
- Our pipes, rungs, loops and rails, roto-molded plastics, activity panels, and punched steel decks are also warranted for 15 years with the proper maintenance.
Just as you regularly service your vehicle and appliances, Superior Playgrounds encourages regular checks of your commercial playground equipment by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) for maintenance needs and safety hazards. On the rare occasion that your SRP Certified Partner is not able to inspect your equipment, make use of our playground safety checklist.
If you opted to have a shade structure or modular shade installed on your site, it is important to remove the shade fabric in the event of natural disasters such as storms that are accompanied by high winds and/or heavy snowfall. This will keep your shade fabric in good condition to shade children on the playground after the storm passes. You can find a helpful tutorial on how to remove shade fabric with our Glide Elbow mechanism from Superior Shade here.
With one of the best warranties in the industry, maintenance assistance, and resources to help prolong the life of your commercial playground equipment and shade, you are in good hands for years of playground fun!
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* Please see SRP's full warranty for our definition of a lifetime warranty.