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Should You Invest in Wooden or Metal Playground Equipment?

Outdoor spaces in schools can be very tactical. Some schools treat it as just an area for children to take a break from class time and equally to give the teachers a break. When it comes to younger children though, the learning never stops. Playground design is not just an art, but a science. Outdoor spaces should be built to encourage discovery and learning, the way that these children learn. This can be done through playground equipment.

There is a wide range of playground equipment available for schools. Our playground design service helps build equipment that’s tailored for your school specifically. We always use high-quality timber when creating our playground equipment, but some schools opt for metal structures. Let’s look at the difference between the two and why we decide to use wood for our structures.

Why Invest in Playground Equipment?

So what are the reasons to invest in bespoke playground equipment? Why can’t you just get a standard out of the box climbing frame and install it yourself? Playground equipment should reflect the students and the layout of the school itself. We design our play equipment to perfectly flow with your outdoor space.

This allows your students to move perfectly from exercise and physical development to a station which is ideal for sensory development or role play. Having your students encouraged to interact in this space together helps them to develop their social skills too. This really enriches your play area and makes every section of your school an area for learning.

Our case studies really demonstrate how we can add value through our bespoke services. One great example is Ashmount Primary school, where we created disability inclusive playground equipment for that school. You wouldn’t get that from mass manufactured equipment!

Why Material Matters

We believe that sensory development is crucial when nurturing your students into young adults. This is why material matters when thinking about investing in playground equipment. When creating any of our range of play equipment, we take into account how a child will interact with it. This includes touch and feel. Does it stimulate their senses when climbing and touching it? If not, we need a material that will do this.

Children are delicate human beings. While very resilient, they are still growing and developing and this means they feel any pain a lot more than adults. Not only this but they are more prone to hurting themselves when exploring their surroundings. Having child proof materials and playground equipment is therefore essential.

The material needs to be taken into account for the lifespan of your play area too. Not only should it be stimulating but a good long term investment. Different materials are affected by the weather in different ways or require more maintenance. There are pros and cons to all materials but we believe wood gives you the best performance in the areas that matter most.

Why Would You Choose Metal Materials

Metal has a number of practical benefits. Metal outdoor play equipment is durably constructed of high-grade steel and applied with a special coating to eliminate rust damage. It’s non-splintering and offers the ability to be painted in a wide spectrum of colours. This grants the playground owner complete freedom to design and redesign the aesthetics whenever they need to.  

It is the most obvious choice for longevity, as metal is the most reliable construction material out there. Therefore you have sturdy, long-lasting school equipment that can be customised to your needs. It may look a bit unsightly but it definitely has its merits.

Why Wood is A Better Option

As mentioned before, we at Red Monkey Play prefer to use wood as a material for playground equipment. The main reason is the role it plays in the development of students. Wooden play areas can bring children closer to nature, giving a sense of discovery as well as stimulating their senses. Playgrounds also help to promote co-operation, teacher interaction, motor and social skills which help to build relationships with others and to promote teamwork. The wooden playground can help interaction with their natural surroundings.

Safety is also an aspect, which impacts both development and their wellbeing. This is because they detain ‘risky’ play so children can explore. As well as great traction, the playgrounds don’t become hot to the point of burning in summer and cold to touch on cooler days. There are also fewer finger traps and other dangerous hinges or mechanisms for them to hurt themselves on.

While it may not be as durable as hard metals, it still has great longevity if set up properly. Metal has the same problems with rusting as wood does rot and both can be solved with a special coating. We make sure your playground is built to last. All of our installations come with a comprehensive guarantee on the timber and fittings and safety is our highest priority, so we ensure that all installations meet the requirements of all current safety standards and are constructed from the highest quality play grade timber. We can also provide maintenance and safety inspections.

Choose Development Over Simple Practicality

Our main problem with metal playground equipment is that it just doesn’t stimulate students enough. When creating play equipment for our schools, we want to make sure it develops their students in as many ways as possible and keeps them safe.

Playfulness, fun and creativity are at the heart of our work. Using wood as a material for our materials really facilitates this. It allows our equipment to stimulate children’s imaginations with the natural feel which allows our playground equipment to encourage exploration, learning and development.

Outdoor spaces in schools can be very tactical. Some schools treat it as just an area for children to take a break from class time and equally to give the teachers a break. When it comes to younger children though, the learning never stops. Playground design is not just an art, but a science. Outdoor spaces should be built to encourage discovery and learning, the way that these children learn. This can be done through playground equipment.

There is a wide range of playground equipment available for schools. Our playground design service helps build equipment that’s tailored for your school specifically. We always use high-quality timber when creating our playground equipment, but some schools opt for metal structures. Let’s look at the difference between the two and why we decide to use wood for our structures.

Why Invest in Playground Equipment?

So what are the reasons to invest in bespoke playground equipment? Why can’t you just get a standard out of the box climbing frame and install it yourself? Playground equipment should reflect the students and the layout of the school itself. We design our play equipment to perfectly flow with your outdoor space.

This allows your students to move perfectly from exercise and physical development to a station which is ideal for sensory development or role play. Having your students encouraged to interact in this space together helps them to develop their social skills too. This really enriches your play area and makes every section of your school an area for learning.

Our case studies really demonstrate how we can add value through our bespoke services. One great example is Ashmount Primary school, where we created disability inclusive playground equipment for that school. You wouldn’t get that from mass manufactured equipment!

Why Material Matters

We believe that sensory development is crucial when nurturing your students into young adults. This is why material matters when thinking about investing in playground equipment. When creating any of our range of play equipment, we take into account how a child will interact with it. This includes touch and feel. Does it stimulate their senses when climbing and touching it? If not, we need a material that will do this.

Children are delicate human beings. While very resilient, they are still growing and developing and this means they feel any pain a lot more than adults. Not only this but they are more prone to hurting themselves when exploring their surroundings. Having child proof materials and playground equipment is therefore essential.

The material needs to be taken into account for the lifespan of your play area too. Not only should it be stimulating but a good long term investment. Different materials are affected by the weather in different ways or require more maintenance. There are pros and cons to all materials but we believe wood gives you the best performance in the areas that matter most.

Why Would You Choose Metal Materials

Metal has a number of practical benefits. Metal outdoor play equipment is durably constructed of high-grade steel and applied with a special coating to eliminate rust damage. It’s non-splintering and offers the ability to be painted in a wide spectrum of colours. This grants the playground owner complete freedom to design and redesign the aesthetics whenever they need to.  

It is the most obvious choice for longevity, as metal is the most reliable construction material out there. Therefore you have sturdy, long-lasting school equipment that can be customised to your needs. It may look a bit unsightly but it definitely has its merits.

Why Wood is A Better Option

As mentioned before, we at Red Monkey Play prefer to use wood as a material for playground equipment. The main reason is the role it plays in the development of students. Wooden play areas can bring children closer to nature, giving a sense of discovery as well as stimulating their senses. Playgrounds also help to promote co-operation, teacher interaction, motor and social skills which help to build relationships with others and to promote teamwork. The wooden playground can help interaction with their natural surroundings.

Safety is also an aspect, which impacts both development and their wellbeing. This is because they detain ‘risky’ play so children can explore. As well as great traction, the playgrounds don’t become hot to the point of burning in summer and cold to touch on cooler days. There are also fewer finger traps and other dangerous hinges or mechanisms for them to hurt themselves on.

While it may not be as durable as hard metals, it still has great longevity if set up properly. Metal has the same problems with rusting as wood does rot and both can be solved with a special coating. We make sure your playground is built to last. All of our installations come with a comprehensive guarantee on the timber and fittings and safety is our highest priority, so we ensure that all installations meet the requirements of all current safety standards and are constructed from the highest quality play grade timber. We can also provide maintenance and safety inspections.

Choose Development Over Simple Practicality

Our main problem with metal playground equipment is that it just doesn’t stimulate students enough. When creating play equipment for our schools, we want to make sure it develops their students in as many ways as possible and keeps them safe.

Playfulness, fun and creativity are at the heart of our work. Using wood as a material for our materials really facilitates this. It allows our equipment to stimulate children’s imaginations with the natural feel which allows our playground equipment to encourage exploration, learning and development.

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