Wood 101

Rainbow’s product line features premium 100% natural, big beam Cedar construction.  All Cedars are Conifer trees which are highly decay resistant & successfully utilized in outdoor environments for hundreds of years.

Cedar Swing Sets

Rainbow celebrates over a quarter century of proudly constructing our play systems from the best lumber species available – 100% natural Cedar.

Rainbow® Play Systems are built to last. Our exclusive lifetime warranty is the best in the business and the gold standard in the residential playground industry.  

Durability – Cedar is a highly revered, durable lumber species that is naturally resistant to rot, decay & insects.  University studies show cedar’s high durability to outdoor applications.

Beauty – Aesthetically, there is no substitute for natural cedar.  Cedar enhances traditional outdoor home decor and inspires innovative, eye pleasing architecture

Sustainability – Independent studies prove cedar is superior to synthetic products in every way.  While other building materials generate greenhouse gases, Cedar actually removes greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.  And unlike plastics and vinyl, Cedar is renewable and biodegradable.  Plus our Cedar is sourced from the most sustainably managed forests in the world.


5 Trees Are Planted for Every 1 Tree Harvested!

The strength of wood is built into every Rainbow:

All Rainbow Play Systems lumber suppliers are “Certified”. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)calls for third-party inspections of forestlands for sustainability and habitat use. Certification has been set-up to ensure mills produce “Certified Lumber”, which means lumber that has been approved to be harvested under an agreement reached in cooperation with scientists, environmental groups and foresters so as not to harm watersheds around streams, wildlife or soil erosion, and to ensure no one area is over-harvested.

Glued Versus Solid Timbers

Some companies may say their swing sets are “Premium Cedar” or “Pacific Cedar”, but they are actually importing lumber (Cunninghamia Lanceolata) that has been GLUED together. Some companies would lead you to believe that the lumber they use is “Premium.” Glued together timber is not Premium. Ask them, is the glue child-safe? What research has been done?

The only reason for gluing small pieces of wood together is to save on cost. The durability, strength, and outdoor performance of glued together lumber is unknown. Rainbow’s use of solid timbers in key structural areas (Main Support Members, Swing Beams, and Swing Beam Support Legs) can assure you that NO safety, or quality is compromised in our swing sets, including sets made from imported wood. In our professional opinion, glued timbers should not be incorporated into children’s playgrounds.

On the left: Glued 4×6 End – Multiple Thin Pieces Glued Together, Multiple Cracks.
Middle: Glued 4×4 Timber End – 2 Pieces Glued Together
Right: Compare the difference – Glued Timber End versus Solid Timber End. Rainbow Does Not use Glued Timbers!


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