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6 Questions to Ask before Building a Commercial Playground

By Whirl Construction (542 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on October 23, 2015

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Decided to install a commercial playground in your empty space? You may already have an idea in mind about how you would like the area to look and what sort of materials you’d like to use.

Before jumping into a new construction project for your commercial playground, think carefully about the important questions that you need to ask your contractor.

To get the safest, best playground for your area here are some questions to consider asking:

What sort of surface do you recommend for our area?

The main materials that you can choose to use for playground safety surfaces are wood fiber, poured in place (or PIP), synthetic turf, bonded rubber and rubber tiles. Each have their own benefits and detriments. For instance, wood fiber is an inexpensive option but needs to be refilled often, while poured in place is more expensive but does not require any maintenance.

What sort of certifications do you hold?

Making sure that your playground construction company is certified by the overseeing boards in your area is important when it comes to children’s safety.

Ensure the company complies with regional, national and international bodies such as the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association, the International Playground Contractors Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

Make sure that the company also has a Certified Playground Safety Inspector as part of their team.

Do you have any examples of similar projects you can show me?

If you don’t know exactly what you want in your playground, or would just like to see some previous designs they’ve constructed, don’t be afraid to ask the company to see pictures of their previous projects. Seeing a commercial playground gallery can provide inspiration and show you what the company is capable of.

The company should be able to provide you with a large number of designs they’ve already constructed. If not, then you should be wary of using their services.

What ages is the playground I want suitable for?

If you already have a playground type in mind, then you will want to check with the construction company what ages it is0 suitable for (e.g. all ages, under 5’s, 6 to 12’s, etc.).

Think about the ages of children that you envision the playground to be used by and ask the construction company if the ages and the type of playground match up. They’re experts in the field so will be able to give you guidance.

How many years of experience do you have?

Generally speaking, the longer a company has been in operation, the better their services will be. With a greater amount of experience, they can be trusted to get the job done right the first time around, while sticking to the timeframe and pricing structure specified.

Do you have guarantees on the life of your construction?

Some companies may have guarantees for how long each surface and piece of equipment will last. Different materials will have different lifetimes, and remember, as with anything, you get what you pay for. A cheaper material may fade faster, or need replacing sooner than its more expensive counterpart.

Looking to start your commercial playground project?

Whirl Construction is a leader in the park and playground construction, building safe, durable, and innovative playgrounds since 1982. Contact us today to get more information about our playground construction services.

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