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Timber Look Material Guide

Being tasked with planning and implementing a playground project, you must be looking for the perfect fusion of aesthetics and durability. Understanding timber look aluminium and composite wood panels can be the key to unlocking the playground's visual appeal and longevity you aspire to create.

Timber Look Aluminium: The Perfect Melange of Strength and Charm

When you opt for timber-look aluminium posts and battens by WillPlay, you get the best of both worlds. These posts and battens beautifully mimic the warm and inviting aesthetics of real timber but offer you the resilience of marine-grade aluminium. Designed to resist decay, splintering, and weathering, this material makes your playground strong and alluring, even in harsh coastal conditions. The low-maintenance nature of aluminium provides additional peace of mind as it takes the worries of durability off your plate and lets you focus on creating a delightful space for children and families.


Timber Look Aluminium Benefits:

Strength and Lightness: Aluminium, being lighter, stronger and straighter than real wood, makes building efficient and prevents warping over time.

Aesthetically Pleasing and Durable: The advanced paint technology and sublimation process ensures a vibrant, baked-on paint finish that resists peeling, chipping, and cracking.

Environmentally Responsible: Aluminium is one of the most recycled materials on the planet, it's 100% recyclable, with free VOC coatings and lead-free finishes, leading to a smaller environmental footprint.

Fire Resistant: Aluminium is a non-combustible material meeting international fire standards, making it a safer alternative compared to wood.

Corrosion Resistant: Its natural reaction with oxygen forms a thin oxide layer that offers excellent corrosion protection and is self-repairing if damaged.

Pest Resistant and Suitable for Varied Climates: Aluminium is impervious to insects and doesn't warp or expand in cold conditions, making it ideal for any environment.

Ideal for Outdoor Use: Aluminium remains cool even in direct sunlight making it perfect for outdoor applications.

Practical Solution: Aluminium is non-porous and doesn't retain water thus won't swell, grow mold or mildew when exposed to harsh conditions, making it an easier material to maintain compared to wood.

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Composite Wood Panels: Where Elegance Meets Endurance

WillPlay's composite wood panels serve as an ideal alternative for those who admire the beauty of natural wood but wish for the material to withstand time and weather. These panels not only mimic the warmth of timber but also boast resistance to decay, pests, and moisture. Composite wood panels can outlast regular timber with minimal maintenance, making them a go-to option for savvy playground planners. The visual appeal coupled with longevity ensures that your playground continues to engage and intrigue its visitors over an extended period.

Composite Wood Panels Benefits:

Versatile & Aesthetically Pleasing: Composite wood panels not only maintain the warmth and feel of natural timber but are also available in two different colours to suit different aesthetic needs.

Durable & Long-lasting: These panels, unlike traditional timber, resist fading, warping, rotting, splitting and are highly resistant to termites and other insects, maximising their lifespan.

Environmentally Friendly: The materials that make up Composite Wood Panels are sustainable, being made out of recycled milk containers and reclaimed pine waste, which reduces landfill waste and harmful emissions.

Low Maintenance: Requiring no painting, oiling or staining and being easy to clean, it lessens the time and costs associated with maintenance when compared to traditional timber.

Safe to Use: With a high resistance to slipping, Composite Wood Panels are a safer option, especially in wet environments.


By opting for the timber-look aluminium posts, battens and composite wood panels from WillPlay, you create an environment that blends seamlessly with natural elements. More importantly, you'll be crafting a safe space that withstands the test of time, creates lasting memories, and endears itself to all those who visit. Crafted from sustainable materials, your playground will be a testament to responsible design that doesn't skimp on aesthetics or functionality. When you choose timber look materials, you're not just making a decision for the short term, you're investing in the future of play.

*Additional charge for timber look posts.

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