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How to Buy a Replacement Play Set Canopy

Maintaining a backyard wooden play set means many things: tightening bolts, sanding and re-staining the wood after a few years of wear and tear, ensuring that any damaged components are removed and replaced. One of the most frequently overlooked features of wooden play sets is the canopy tarp that is most often found providing shelter over the clubhouse portion of the equipment. A play set canopy can last many years, but over time and when harsh weather conditions come into play, it can become damaged and require replacement.

Wooden play sets come in all shapes and sizes, so obtaining the right replacement play set canopy can be a challenge. There are more features to consider than simply color and size. With a little guidance and preparation, though, you will know exactly what information is needed when it’s time to purchase a replacement play set canopy. Here’s what to know:

Canopy Dimensions

What size canopy do you need? Measure the length and width of your existing canopy in inches. Then, calculate the required square footage for the new play set canopy. To calculate square footage, use the following equation: length in inches x width in inches divided by 144. Knowing square footage is essential so that the manufacturer can produce a product that fits your play set exactly.

Stock Canopy or Custom Canopy

Many commercially produced play sets use standard size canopies. For convenience, stock canopies are available in four industry standard sizes:

  • 38in x 79in
  • 48in x 86in
  • 58in x 94in
  • 86in x 134in

Stock play set canopies are more affordable than custom canopies. The downside, though, is that stock canopies are usually only available in two solid colors — blue and green. Custom play set canopies can be made to any size specifications. Additionally, there are many more colors available, and you can control design features, such as requesting two color divides or multi-colored stripes. Custom canopies, however, cannot be returned if measured incorrectly because they are custom designed for the individual. If you decide to choose a custom play set canopy, be sure to double check all measurements and specifications before placing your order.

Choosing a Material

Vinyl or canvas? The material that you choose depends on what features are most important to you in a play set canopy. Vinyl is heavy duty, resists mold and mildew, and will stand up to harsh weather. The vinyl should be marine grade, which offers superior strength and durability. Alternatively, a play set canopy can be purchased in canvas. High quality canvas, such as that produced by Sunbrella, repels water, resists mold and mildew, and creates a drier environment underneath. Sunbrella canvas canopies are available in many more colors than vinyl, and they do not fade or lose their color over time. Additionally, they offer more protection than vinyl canopies from ultraviolet rays. While the cost of a Sunbrella play set canopy is higher, so is the quality.

Fasteners

How will you fasten the canopy to the play set structure? If you are purchasing a replacement canopy, make note of how the existing canopy is fastened. Is it attached using snaps? Grommets? These are the two most common fasteners used on play set canopies. The manufacturer should be able to provide you with either option. Be sure to measure the distance between each fastener on your existing structure so that the manufacturer can provide you with a canopy that has fasteners spaced at the same intervals.

Purchasing a replacement play set canopy is not a difficult process, but it involves a bit more preparation than many homeowners realize. Once you know exactly what kind of replacement canopy you need — considering size, color, material, custom versus stock, and fasteners — you should feel confident that you will receive exactly the product that you require.

17 Responses to How to Buy a Replacement Play Set Canopy

  • Christian says:

    I’m looking for a replacement canopy for my playset. I was thinking solid blue canvas. I would need two of them identical to each other. Each a little over 13 sq ft. (48.75″ length x 39″ width)? With grommets preferably. What can I expect to pay? Thanks in advance.

  • Pete Barone says:

    Hi, we are looking to replace a canopy roof for a custom made treehouse. It is 85″ x 60″.

    What would be the approx. cost and do you offer different colors?

    thank you

  • Steve says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a replacement roof tarp for a creative playthings Durango playset. The set does not use snaps or fasteners for the roof but rather the edges of the tarp slide over a metal pole approx 1.5″ in diameter. Do you sell such a product and if not could you indicate where I may be able to purchase? The manufacturer was not able to assist in my request.

  • bj w. says:

    I am looking for a replacement canopy for a rainbow playset that was given to me by a friend. When he gave it to me, he’d had it up almost ten years and has no canopy for me to measure. How woul dyou suggest I accurately measure for size?
    Thnaks

    • Larry Lewis says:

      Usually, most playset canopy tarps are rectangle shaped and to measure for us, you would measure from the screw holes or snaps in the corners for length and width and then add one inch to your length and width measurements, since we place the snaps or grommets 1/2 inch from the edge of the canopy.

  • destiny says:

    Im looking for a rainbow castle II tarp, and flags.. this is the info i found on its measurements
    RED, YELLOW, BLUE, Canopy Tarp
    4 Flag Toppers (poles not included)
    Snap Screw Hardware Kit
    Fits Play Set 58 1/2′ x 159″
    Castle type playhouse
    can i have a quote please=) thanks

  • Ron says:

    45″ x 120″. Multi colored canopy. Do u have or can u make one

  • charlie wade says:

    I am looking for a quote to replace a canopy for a Rainbow Play Systems Canopy. I would like a single color (forest green) with snaps on the short side. The following are measurements.
    58″wide X 180″ (15 feet) long and I believe that measures out at 72.5 square feet. Thanks for your help.

  • Lee Cope says:

    On 27 Mar I purchased 2 86 x 134 in tarps for a swingset canopy.

    How far apart are the grommet holes? I will be attaching to the 86″ sides.
    How big is the hole and what bolt or screw do you suggest using to attach to a 2×8?

    Thanks.
    Lee

    • Larry Lewis says:

      Normally there is a grommet on each end in the corners and then the other grommets are equally placed between the corner grommets approximately 12 to 18 inches apart. The hole in the grommets are 3/8 inch and you can use a screw or lag bolt that the head is larger than 3/8 inch and the threaded part is smaller than 3/8 inch and the lengths of the screw or lag bolts should be no longer than 1 1/2 inches long.

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