I was afraid that this play set wouldn't look as nice as the wooden ones, but I can say it looks a lot better in person, and I don't have to worry about maintenance. The colors are nice, and it looks great in my backyard. It is heavy duty, although not quite park quality, but definitely good enough for home use. This took many hours to assemble, and we had one piece missing, but lifetime shipped it out to us very quickly. We get many compliments on this set. You won't be sorry! I'm not!