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Compare commercial and residential grade playground equipment. Please remember that residential playground equipment is strictly for residential use. The chart compares the differences in appropriate placement, materials, and safety.

 
 
 
 
 
Commercial
 
Residential
For Use In
 
 
 
In Home Child Care
yes
 
yes
Daycare Centers
yes
 
no
Faith Centers
yes
 
no
Government
yes
 
no
Home Owner Assoc.
yes
 
no
Parks
yes
 
no
Private Homes
yes
 
yes
Schools
yes
 
no
Public Facilities
yes
 
no
Common Materials
 
 
 
Pressure Treated Common Lumber
no
 
yes
Kiln Dried Certified Lodgepole Pine
yes
 
no
Heavy Duty Thick Walled Metal Posts
yes
 
no
Thin Walled Metal Tubes
no
 
yes
Thick Sturdy Roto Molded Plastic
yes
 
no
Thin Roto Molded Plastic
no
 
yes
Nylon Rope
no
 
yes
Steel reinforced Nylon Covered Rope
yes
 
no
Small Guage Swing Chains (2/0)
no
 
yes
Large Guage Swing Chains (4/0)
yes
 
no
Pressure Treated Wood Decks
no
 
yes
Galvanized Punched PVC Finished Steel Decks
yes
 
no
General Facts
 
 
 
Must Meet Federal Guidelines for Manufacturing & Safety
yes
 
no
Made from stronger & more durable materials
yes
 
no
Sold through Large Box Retailers
no
 
yes
Usually Less Expensive
no
 
yes
Designed to handle large groups of children
yes
 
no