Many of our swings have the option of either chains or ropes for hanging. The main difference is truly an aesthetic preference and recently hanging ropes have been more popular. The weight capacities and longevity are similar between the two hanging options.
If you prefer the look of Hanging Chains; rust and corrosion from exposure to the elements is the concern. Diligently wiping off any dirt or debris, as well as keeping the hardware as dry as possible, will ensure your chains last as long as possible. Some of our products even offer the option to upgrade the standard zinc-plated chains to stainless steel for added outdoor durability.
With Hanging Ropes; rotting, fraying, and stretching are what most customers experience when encountering an issue with this hanging method. Ensuring the rope are as dry as possible throughout their lifespan, as well as regular cleaning when necessary, should prevent your ropes from needing replacement for many year of use.
In short, the choice is up to you! Regular maintenance is recommended for either hanging method used to install your outdoor item.