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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Add Mileage to Your Glider Swing

Add Mileage to Your Glider Swing

 A glider swing is like any other piece of furniture: it needs to be loved and looked after so that it will last, maybe even one day achieving the status of an heirloom. Well-kept furniture can be passed down with pride from one generation to the next. When it comes to maintenance, outdoor furniture is more time-consuming, and especially something with moving parts, like a glider swing. But as with any quality piece of furniture, the better built it is, the less work you will need to put into it. Here are a few tips for caring after your glider swing.

Be a Track Star

One thing that's unique to a glider swing and other glider chairs is their gliding track system, the operating mechanism that gives these seats mobility. A track that isn't oiled won't slide properly, and the gliding motion will be choppy, or even get locked and not be able to move at all. Depending on where you place the glider swing, you may need to oil the track more or less often, as rain and other weather conditions can more quickly wear away the coating.

Call me Rusty

One way in which glider swings are superior to porch swings is that with a glider swing you will never have to worry about rusty chains, which can be a hassle to repair. That's because gliders either operate on wooden swinging beams, or else on a fixed track base. That being said, however, rust is always a prevalent issue. Before you buy a glider, look to make sure that all metal hardware is rust-resistant. Most zinc hardware comes with rust-proof coatings that make it very durable. Remember to check all the different parts that might contain metal pieces, depending on how the glider swing is put together.

Getting Off Kilter

Some models of glider swing, especially the ones which more closely resemble porch swings with their free swinging bases, are prone to developing a wobble, or tilt. This uneven swinging can be a pain. To protect against wobbling, regularly tighten and replace all bolts and fasteners in the moving part as needed. More than just save you from the annoyance, you might even prevent an accident.

Wooden You Know It

Finally, in the end it's the wood that's the most visible part of the glider swing, and consequently the part that requires the most care. The wooden parts include not just the seat, but also the base, and often a frame, canopy and connecting beams. These all need to be looked after in the same way as you would care for any piece of patio furniture. As a natural occurrence of time and weather, wood is prone to cracking, splitting, warping and rotting. While some woods are naturally more durable than others, even the strongest of hardwoods will deteriorate given enough time. Splinters and cracks in the wood need to be sanded down as soon as they are noticed to avoid the problem spreading further.

The best way to care for a wooden glider swing is to avoid problems from the onset. To achieve this, use varnishes, oils, sealants and paints to coat the wood a few times each year. Not only will it protect the lumber from insects, rotting, cracking and more, but it will also seal in the beautiful coloration of the wood. Left unfinished, wood develops a marked gray sheen as a result of UV rays. 

Tonya Kerniva is an experienced research and free lance writing professional. She writes actively about Glider Swing and Porch Swings.

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