WHAT IS A JUNGLE GYM?
STEEL JUNGLE GYMS
A quality well constructed and manufactured steel jungle gym can like all quality steel playground equipment, last for decades with minimal maintenance. The most popular steel jungle gyms are combination jungle gyms that comprise the tubular steel climbing frame but also provide steel drum crawling tunnels or barrels, platforms, commando nets, trapeze bars or rings. Jungle gyms are also well suited to having a children's garden slide and swing attachments fitted to them making the jungle gym a highly versatile playground equipment apparatus.
As is the case with all playground equipment great care needs to be taken to ensure that all welds are ground clean while still retaining the strength of the weld. Jungle gyms must also be free from sharp edges and pipe ends should not be left open as a child could get their fingers caught. Steel jungle gyms generally provide more options for young children in terms of the climbing and hanging activities they are able to perform as the tubular steel used in their construction is much smaller in diameter than the timber logs or poles that are used in the construction of timber jungle gyms making it easier for the child to grip around the steel tube than the timber poles.
In terms of cost it is a case of you get what you pay for, you can buy cheap and nasty and risk the chance of injury to your children or you can purchase a quality product from a company that has expertise, and a good track record, in the manufacture of steel playground equipment. One of the benefits of steel jungle gyms over wooden jungle gyms is that a steel jungle gym can easily be relocated making them ideal for families with young children that are renting their house. Most landlords will have no objection to the installation of a steel jungle gym as the installation involves the digging of a small hole for the thin tubular steel legs to be buried in the ground. When the family decides to move they simply take their steel jungle gym with them to their new house.
WOODEN JUNGLE GYMS
Typically each wooden jungle gym manufacturer has their own designs, ranging in complexity from simple timber platform structures to large interlinked timber structures covering a large area of space. Timber jungle gyms or timber playsets as they are sometimes known also come with rope ladders and commando nets. There is also a range of steel add on attachment items designed specifically for timber jungle gyms. These include steel crawling tunnels or barrels, fireman's poles, trapeze bars, gymnastics rings, and swings. Fibre glass or stainless steel slides are also available as add on fixtures for timber jungle gyms. As is the case with steel jungle gyms, you get what you pay for and it is important that you have a timber jungle gym built by a company with expertise and a good track record.
PLASTIC JUNGLE GYMS
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