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How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Playground?

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A playground, or a collection of outdoor play equipment, is the perfect way to encourage kids to get outside and enjoy some healthy exercise in the sun. However, as with anything used regularly by children, safety is essential; you need to repair damaged items as soon as possible.

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Table of Contents

  1. Outdoor Playground Equipment Repair Cost
  2. Outdoor Equipment Repair Prices
  3. Common Issues With Outdoor Play Equipment
  4. Common Repairs For Outdoor Play Equipment
  5. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  6. Playground Replacement Options
  7. Find A Pro

Outdoor Playground Equipment Repair Cost

The cost to repair playground equipment depends on a wide range of factors, including which items are broken, the nature of the damage, your geographic location, the time of year and whether or not you hire a professional. The cost to employ a contractor (including parts and labor) is usually $214 to $425, with an average of $302. The cost of a small repair may be as low as $100, while the cost for bigger jobs may be as much as $600.

It's possible to reduce the cost by completing the repair yourself, in which case your expenses include the tools, the supplies and the time it takes to complete the work. Many people prefer to pay extra to hire a pro, ensuring the repair is safe for children.

Outdoor Equipment Repair Prices

Outdoor Equipment Repair Prices

Hiring a professional to repair playground equipment costs an average of $55 per hour. Additionally, there are charges for parts and tools relating to the specific type of repair required:

  • Maintaining Flooring: The cost varies depending on the type of flooring. Resealing poured-in-place rubber costs approximately $0.50 per square foot. Shredded rubber or engineered wood chips are less expensive, but they need regular replacement, so maintenance costs are approximately $3.00 per square foot over the course of a year. Repairing asphalt or concrete is approximately $4.00 per square foot.
  • Repainting: Playground equipment requires special waterproof paint that's safe for children. Depending on the types of outdoor structures you're painting, the cost can rise to $2,500.
  • Repairing Swings: A broken swing is a significant safety hazard and should be replaced immediately. The replacement costs from $100 to $1,000 depending on the brand of swing and whether it has additional design elements such as safety bars and adjustable straps.
  • Fixing A Slide: Replacing a broken section of a plastic slide can cost as much as $900 on large or commercial-grade playground sets. It's possible to use plastic welding to fix cracks and even major holes, which is far less expensive.

Common Issues With Outdoor Play Equipment

Playground equipment is subject to rigorous play, often on a daily basis and by many children at once. Continual use causes degradation, such as bolts coming loose or paint scuffing off. Additionally, exposure to the elements contributes to overall wear and tear, such as rotting support beams and rusting metal apparatuses and fixings.

The surface around a playing area is subject to rapid degradation. You may need to rake or replace pea gravel, wood chips and sand, while rubber surfaces require resealing on a regular basis.

Over time there may be more serious damage to play equipment, such as a crack in a plastic slide or jungle gym, or a broken swing. You may need to replace broken components rather than fix them to ensure the equipment is safe for kids.

Common Repairs For Outdoor Play Equipment

Common Repairs For Outdoor Play Equipment

Many repairs for outdoor play equipment are simple acts of general maintenance to ensure the play area remains safe. Common activities include:

  • Tightening bolts or replacing broken screws
  • Treating wood with stain or waterproof paint after removing splinters
  • Sanding and repainting rusted metal frames
  • Cleaning plastic surfaces
  • Checking and tightening safety harnesses
  • Maintaining flooring (patching concrete, cleaning sand, resealing rubber, replacing rubber mats)
  • Seeding lawns or installing fescue sod in areas of high traffic to keep the lawn looking its best
  • Replacing broken play equipment

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

It's possible to build or repair a playground as a DIY project, but because it's essential that the equipment is safe for children, many people prefer to hire a professional to carry out the work. Contractors have the necessary skills and tools to work with specialist materials. They know what permits are necessary and what safety measures are essential to ensure the wellbeing of all children using the play area.

Playground Replacement Options

Playground Replacement Options

When it comes to a play park, play house or any area intended for use by children, safety is paramount. Badly damaged equipment may lack structural stability and may crack or snap while in use; in many cases, it's much safer to completely replace the products rather than trying to repair them.

The cost to install new playground equipment varies considerably based on the scope of the project:

  • Installing a small playground costs as little as $200.
  • Installing a swing set costs an average of $502.
  • Installing a solid wood play set with swings, slides and a base area costs up to $1,800.
  • Building a playhouse costs an average of $2,942.
  • Commercial playgrounds range from $8,000 to $50,000.
  • Flooring costs vary by material, from around $1 per square foot for wood chips to around $12 per square foot for poured-in-place rubber. Costs increase if you need to landscape the ground, and laying aggregate before adding the play surface adds from $3 to $6 per square foot.

Some of the top brands for replacement swings, slides, playhouses and other outdoor equipment include Backyard Discovery, Lifetime and Kettler.

Find A Pro

Whether you need to repair a playhouse or install a new jungle gym, it pays to call on a professional to ensure the work meets all applicable safety regulations and provides a safe and secure environment for your children.

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