Importance of robustness in playground gates

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All gates are important, but playground gates play an especially vital role. They act as a line of defence between children and whatever dangers are beyond the playground walls. Children can be high spirited when they are playing and will often get carried away. A playground gate prevents them from accidentally straying onto the road, into the water, or towards any other nearby hazards.

Because playground gates are so important, choosing a robust playground gate is crucial. Here are 7 reasons that robustness is key when it comes to playground gates:

1. Repeated use

Playground gates are likely to be used more frequently than other types of gates. A busy playground will have families coming and going all day long, especially at weekends and during the summer. With such frequent use, some wear and tear are bound to occur. Choosing a robust gate will ensure that the gate can withstand heavy use, saving you the cost of repairing or replacing it.

2. Public areas

Unlike gates on private properties, playground gates tend to be accessible to the general public at all times. This increases the chances of accidental or intentional damage. Putting a weak gate in a public space is asking for trouble, so, once again, sturdiness is vital.

3. Weathering

Playground gates are exposed to the elements all year round. However, the British weather can be unfriendly, to say the least, and a poorly designed gate without the right level of galvanising or powder coating will soon start to weaken due to wind, rain and snow.

4. Vandal-proof

It’s a sad fact of life that playground gates are often targeted by vandals. While lighting and CCTV can help to improve the situation, vandalism is still a common occurrence. Therefore, it is important to choose a gate that can stand up to the most common types of vandalism, e.g. by securely housing the mechanism to prevent tampering.

5. Heavy-handed usage

Not all damage is intentional. Playground gates can suffer accidental wear and tear at the hands of overzealous users. Excited children, in particular, are liable to slam gates closed while playing, so it is important to choose a gate that can stand up to this sort of treatment.

6. Children’s Safety

Children are just as likely to play on the gate itself as they are to use the equipment in the playground, so choosing a safe model is of the utmost importance. A weak gate can buckle under the weight of a child, causing serious injuries. Therefore, as well as choosing a strong gate, it would be best if you took care to pick a model that avoids finger traps and shear points.

7. Prevent rusting

As well as choosing strong, robust playground gates, you should also make sure that your playground gate is rust-proof. Rust can be dangerous and unhygienic, not to mention ruining the look of your playground. So make sure that the metal on your railings and gates is galvanised, and ensure that the gate itself meets British powder coating standards for rustproofing.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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