Gardening

Gantry: an ideal play in the garden


Choosing a good swing is important when you have children and want them to last a long time.

In wood or metal, there is now a wide choice of porticos, play stations or even slides for children.

Indispensable when you have young children, the gantry also has the advantage of being able to occupy young and old for many years.

Here are the tips for choosing a porch for your garden:

The size of the garden is important

You must be careful that your porch does not take up all the space in your garden ...

  • It is necessary measure width and length the gantry and the space you need around
  • Leave sufficient space on each side of the gantry to to be able to circulate or pass the mower.
  • Avoid the proximity to trees or shrubs that could interfere with the use of the swing.
  • We can say that 2 m on each side must be sufficient.

The choice of material, wood or metal

There are currently 2 main categories of materials used for gantries, wood and metal. The wood is most often treated pine while the metal is steel designed for the exterior.

Wooden portico:

  • It must absolutely be treated against moisture and insects.
  • In terms of category, it must be certified class 4 (rot and insects)
  • Maintenance is relatively easy

Metal gantry:

  • If its cost is slightly lower at the start, it must be recognized that it is less aesthetic to fit into a garden
  • Does not require any maintenance
  • It is lighter

The age and number of children is paramount

You have to be careful adapt the apparatus to age and the number of children

  • It is useful to have as many apparatus as children within your family, it avoids many arguments ...
  • The varieties of apparatus is also a source of motivation and additional awakening: slide, rope, swing, face-to-face ...
  • Set the height of the apparatus depending on the size of your children
  • It is estimated thatbefore 3 years it is difficult to take advantage of the portico, even dangerous.

The ideal floor space for a portico

The choice of soil is important because a fall can quickly become dangerous if it is poorly cushioned.

  • Avoid hard floors such as concrete, macadam or even a stone or tiled terrace at all costs.
  • Favor the lawn or, ideally, a layer of sand at least 10 cm thick
  • If the soil is too hard, spread a layer of about 2 inches ofmaritime pine bark, it’s pretty and very effective.

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