When your child plays on a Rainbow® Play System you don’t think about the characteristics of the lumber, where it comes from, or if the wood mills are certified. You think about your children mastering the monkey bars, soaring high on the swings, and climbing to the top of their very own castle. As the parent, your focus is on your child’s safety and active playtime outside and bringing their imagination to life. At Rainbow, we focus on choosing lumber that is durable, machinable, and sustainable to give you a great quality playset your child can learn and grow on for many years.
Rainbow Play Systems now carries high quality cedar swing sets. Here is some information about the quality of our cedar lumber and the care that goes into choosing our lumber:
Our cedar lumber is a combination of three types of cedar: Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Pacific Cedar, and Western Red Cedar. All three of these types of lumber are part of the same scientific family, meaning they share a lot of the same qualities and characteristics.
The first quality we look for in lumber is how durable it is. Cedar can not only withstand wear and pressure, but it is strong and sturdy. The yellow and red cedar is forested in coastal areas and because of its slow growth the wood is tough and durable, so it is typically used for boat building. It offers strong dimensional stability and is naturally resistant to weather, insect infestation and rot.
Choosing a lumber that is easy to machine is a huge benefit to Rainbow and to you. Because the product is easy to cut to size, the finished lumber is smooth and contains a lot less slivers than other lumber. Rainbow planes and routers every side and corner of our lumber so there are no dangerous pointed edges. We only use solid lumber for our larger dimension beams and we do not glue or laminate smaller dimensions to create larger beams. This ensures our beams are structurally sound, lays flat, stays straight, and holds fasteners tightly. Unlike other woods it is naturally resistant and does not need any chemical treatment.
Our cedar has a conservation status of “least concern”, meaning it is a sustainable product that uses approved mills and foresters that do not harm watershed or wildlife habitats, erode the soil, or over harvest an area. Rainbow is proud to be using a renewable resource that will last for decades even in the harshest environments.
The play systems showcased in Rainbow’s 2016 Cedar Swing Sets Catalog are backed with a Lifetime Warranty so you can let your child swing, jump, climb, and play on any of our cedar play systems knowing that Rainbow has chosen this lumber with you and your family in mind.