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When it comes to school enrolments, well-maintained playground equipment is appealing to parents and children alike. However, like anything with a limited life span, this equipment must be maintained and fit for purpose.
Equipment in a school playground in Australia generally lasts around 15-20 years. Most school playground equipment suppliers guarantee their equipment for 15 years.
Of course, this can depend on the location of the equipment, whether or not the equipment is maintained regularly, how it’s used, or if it is under a shade sail.
At a glance, it should be easy to tell if your equipment is due for replacement:
Equipment that challenges children and offers an element of risk is essential in a school playground. However, user safety cannot be compromised by poorly maintained equipment.
If you have answered ‘yes’ to some or all of the questions above, then we suggest it’s time to obtain some professional advice from playground equipment specialists, to determine the best course of action – repair or replace.
Repairing or restoring an old playground could cost upwards of $5,000, an expensive exercise especially if you can’t be certain how long these repairs will last.
Alternatively, the money spent on repairs could go towards a brand-new set of playground equipment for your school. You would have the certainty and security of new equipment, supported by the warranties of the playground equipment manufacturer.
Of course, every case differs and repairing a playground to extend its life span can sometimes be a viable option. Contacting a playground specialist will help you assess your situation.
To maximise your school playground life time and to ensure your school complies with Australian Safety Standards for playground equipment, we recommend the following:
We have playground consultants across Australia who are up-to-date with Australian Playground Standards and can advise you on repair and replacement cycles. Inspection and audit services are also available to give you the peace of mind to know your playground equipment is compliant.
If you have any doubts about whether or not you should be replacing your school’s playground equipment, get in touch with us and we will organise a safety inspection for your playground.