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How to Prepare Your Playground for the Winter

By Whirl Construction (505 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on October 24, 2017

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Winter is almost upon us which means that it’s time to start thinking about protecting your playground from the oncoming weather. Children may still get out and about in winter to play on your playground, which means that you need to do everything possible to ensure that they still remain safe while doing so. There are a number of different ways in which you can do this.

Guard against rust forming

Bare metal surfaces, depending on the type of metal they are, can be susceptible to rusting during the winter months. However, you can easily guard against rust forming by ensuring that you coat them in a protective layer. You can find anti rust substances to apply to any bare metal surfaces at your local hardware store. Ensure that you follow all instructions on the container properly to give your playground the best chance at holding up against the weather.

Add grip to surfaces

Playground surfaces such as walkways, ladders, etc. can get very slippery in winter when rain or ice is on them. To make surfaces less slippery, you should consider whether adding a grip coating to these surfaces is appropriate. Grip coatings are generally a paint like layer that has sand or plastic grit imbued within the substance. You paint it on to surfaces as appropriate. Other grip applications include stick on grip.

Replace old flooring

What is underfoot in your playground? Certain different types of flooring are better than others for playgrounds when it comes to the winter months. If you have a woodchipped floor underneath your playground you might like to consider swapping it out for another material. Wood chips can swell up with water and freeze in the cold, wet winter. Something like poured in place rubber can be far more effective for your playground in the winter time. If you’ve noticed that your playground surface freezes over in winter, you should replace it with something that allows the rain to drain through into the ground.

Paint any chipped surfaces

Because the weather in winter is more harsh, that means that your playground may suffer more weather-based wear and tear. This means that if you can see chips in the surface of the playground equipment where paint or protective coatings have worn off, that now is a good idea to recoat them in preparation. Make sure that you get the type of paint or enamel correct – water based paints and enamels cannot go over the top of oil based ones without a proper primer.

If you’d like to hear any more tips about keeping your playground in good condition over the winter months, or, if you are interested in replacing the flooring of your playground with something a little more suitable, then it’s a good time to pick up the phone and give us a call. We can help with friendly advice or modifications to your current playground set up. With the most experience in playground in the New Jersey area, Whirl Construction is your number one pick.

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