Playgrounds should be a neighborhood safe-haven for children to play, be outside and let their imaginations run wild. It’s important for these recreational areas to be structurally sound and well maintained, where the aesthetic helps spark creativity and fun.

Important Characteristics for Playgrounds

There are many characteristics that should be taken into consideration when designing and constructing playground equipment. Here are a few common traits that will help keep the playground durable for generations to come:

High-Quality Material

For playgrounds, a high-quality material must meet a few specific requirements: it must be durable, sturdy, have structural integrity and withstand harsh environments (heat, cold, snow, rain, wind). All of these characteristics allow for a safe and fun playground experience. One way to accomplish this is to consider using structural recycled plastic lumber to construct the playground equipment.

Recycled plastic lumber by Bedford Technology is a structural product that is strong and durable. It is a high-quality material that can withstand extreme environments and comes in many colors and shapes to bring your creative playground design to life.

Dog-friendly

More parks and playgrounds are offering “dog parks” or areas so you can all enjoy the park together. Dogs may be known as “man’s best friend”, but they don’t always play nice with playground equipment.

Plastic lumber doesn’t splinter so your companion won’t get hurt from excess wood shavings. Also, if nature calls, your dog will not harm the structure because plastic lumber is resistant to moisture, mold, and bacteria.

Playable Art

Playground design is focused on visually appealing equipment that is both functional and fun. A playground isn’t comprised of just slides and swing sets anymore, instead they are playscapes that spark creativity and imagination.    

Recycled plastic lumber comes in a variety of colors and can be custom-molded to fit your perfect design. It requires no painting or staining and the color is manufactured throughout the entire product, so exposure to UV light will not fade the plastic lumber like traditional wood.

Sustainable

More companies in the playground industry are integrating sustainability practices into their  playground design. These initiatives help conserve natural resources by reducing landfill waste and protects wildlife. Another way to incorporate sustainability practices is to use an environmentally-friendly building material like Bedford Technology’s recycled plastic timbers.

Consider Using Plastic Lumber for a Safer & More Durable Playground

Structural recycled plastic lumber is a great alternative to traditional building materials, it can lengthen the life of your playground system while providing a safe and fun environment. Recycled plastic lumber doesn’t rot, mold or splinter like traditional wood. It also requires no painting or staining because the color is manufactured throughout the entire product. Plastic lumber cuts, saws and drills like traditional wood, and with a 50-year warranty, once you build it, you can forget it. With the emphasis on creative design and safety, plastic lumber is a great alternative to wood, metal and concrete.

Alternative Playground Building Materials

Currently many playgrounds are built with wood, metal or concrete. See why more and more companies and communities are switching to recycled plastic lumber for a safe and durable playground solution.

Wood – Traditional wood is a common building material for constructing playground systems. While this building material is durable and strong, it is susceptible to rot, mold and insect damage. To protect the wood, chemicals are added to create pressure-treated wood to shield the wood from damage and deterioration.

Metal – Metal is another material that is used for playground equipment. From swing sets to monkey bars, metal can be commonly seen in many playgrounds. However, metal is prone to rust and corrosion, which can be dangerous over time.

Concrete – Concrete has been used in playground systems for a very long time as flooring and standalone structures. But, it isn’t always the most durable product. Common issues with concrete playground equipment is cracking, scaling and discoloration. Cracking and scaling occur as a result of freeze-thaw and moisture seeping into the concrete.

Using wood, metal and concrete may seem like the best choice for your playground system, but another option is to use structural HDPE plastic lumber that is built to last so you can keep your playground thriving for generations to come.

Bedford Technology Products

Bedford Technology understands the importance of playgrounds for our growing communities. With over 20 years of playground equipment experience, our engineers have manufactured two product lines that make it the ideal solution for multi-generational playground projects.

SelectForce® by Bedford Technology

SelectForce by Bedford Technology is a strong and durable product that is available in traditional lumber profile sizes and can be custom-molded. As the foundation of our other Bedford Technology products, this building material is a staple ingredient for your playground systems.

FiberForce® by Bedford Technology

FiberForce by Bedford Technology utilizes fiberglass strands to increase rigidity. This added rigidity creates characteristics suited for many structural applications where a wider span, dimensional stability or increased flexural strength is required. It is engineered in many different profile sizes and lengths and cuts, drills and secures like traditional wood.

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