How Much Does A TreeNet Cost?
Long-term TreeNet installations start around $4,000 and range up to tens of thousands with growing size and complexity. Obviously, there are many variables when it comes to calculating the cost of a custom hand-woven rope world. Below are some basic concepts to help break down the quoting process.
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The first thing we will need to know is the location of the possible installation site. Location is a big factor in calculating the overall costs. We are building teams across the nation to help reduce travel costs of team members and materials. We also attend festivals all over the country so there is a possibility to meet up if we are in the area and the timing works out.
TYPE & SIZE OF THE TREES:
Depending on your location, there could be different types of trees native to that environment. Even if you’re not familiar with the names of the trees, it’s great to know how many we are working with and their overall size. TreeNets are optimal in strong mature trees, preferably with many branches or an easy way to climb into the tree, especially if you’re looking for something higher off the ground. A standard rule of thumb is using trees that are thicker than your thigh, anything smaller will need to be used with caution. The local trees are something we will certainly need to discuss, as it will most likely be asked after the build site is decided upon.
SIZE & DIMENSIONS:
Unlike standard hammocks, TreeNets require at least 3 anchor points. Since every project is unique, we go by square footage to estimate our material requirements and overall cost. This can be hard to do but typically breaking the area into a big square, rectangle, or triangle is the easiest way to do it.
HEIGHT & ACCESS INTO THE PLATFORM:
When it comes to accessing the TreeNet, we must first look at the types of trees we are using as well as the height of the platform. Trees with many branches obviously create an easier way to access the net, this is something we must take into consideration from the beginning. Entry portals typically are oriented towards the easiest access point of the platform. The higher we build up in the selected trees canopy, the higher the total job cost will be as it will require ladders, slacklines, or even a harness system to install.
NUMBER OF PLATFORMS:
Depending on the maturity and size of the selected trees, there is possibility to create multiple platforms. We can create multi-level hangouts with climbing walls, crows nests, bridges, and entry portals. Ultimately, if you do decide to get multiple platform levels, you will save money by constructing them all at once.
BACKRESTS / SIDE WALLS:
Almost all TreeNets made by TreeNet Willy’s have at least one side with a backrest / side wall in order to maximize space, comfort and safety. It’s a great barrier for kids and creates a unique, other-worldly feeling when lit up at night. These side walls can also be morphed into tunnels, entry portals, and smaller windows.
This really doesn't affect the overall cost but is something to consider when planning a new backyard hangout. Usually we like to break it up into three categories based on the clients preferences. We can make platforms that completely blend into the surrounding environment and can sometimes be extremely hard to see, especially if we make it higher off ground. Many of the 'guerrilla' style nets that we've made throughout the years are built to be almost invisible to the unknowing eye. If you are looking to go with a more colorful/playful theme, we then want to discuss the incorporation of lighting for night-time effects. Many of our projects are blacklight/ UV reactive and create a massive glowing human spider-web when illuminated at night. If the night time net is something that doesn't tickle your fancy or you have another idea in mind, we have no problem pursuing other design
routes. With so many colors and crazy patterns, this can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.... don't worry, we can help you with this process.
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -
There's usually a lot....
How safe are TreeNets?
TreeNets are constructed out of incredibly strong materials that flow and coexist with the surrounding environment. These hand-woven webs are incredibly strong and are designed to hold a lot of weight and tension. The main concern with these platforms will be the surrounding trees used as anchors. As long as the trees are strong, the TreeNet will be able to perform properly. We do like to add backrests and side walls to help keep everyone safe and comfortable. For festivals, we will even add an additional barrier above the backrest, just to make sure there is no way anyone can fall out over the top.
TreeNet Willy's works very hard to make the most comfortable, accessible, and safest way to enjoy TreeNets and the outdoors. However, we must note that every individual must take into consideration their own level of comfort and ability in order to access and enjoy these installations. There is risk associated with any activity, especially when it's located off the ground.
Do TreeNets hurt the Tree?
As it turns out, trees that sway in the wind promote a stronger, well-anchored, and healthy trunk. By allowing the trees to bend and flex in stormy or windy weather, they wont snap or break. TreeNets can stretch and flow with the wind, letting the surrounding trees move around without too much constriction. It's a common misconception that big trees are stronger when they're tied tightly together, this is not the case. The trees need to be able to move freely promoting a long, healthy life for the trees which are the foundation for our created happiness.
Here at TreeNet Willy's we do our best to create installations with zero to minimal damage to the surrounding environment. With that said, there are occasions that will require the removal of small trees or branches in order to create space. However, we use blocks (small 12'' sections of tree branches) between the rope and the tree to prevent girdling. Treehouse companies will actually puncture holes all the way through the tree to install their anchors. Our main concern is avoiding strangulation of the tree. The outer layers of the tree allow water and nutrients to easily flow up and down throughout the tree. Ideally we want to preserve as much of that as possible by not choking it out.
How do we find a suitable backyard TreeNet location?
TreeNets require at least three anchor points in order to provide a space to kick back and relax. Most installations are made between an array of several trees, however it is possible to make a platform between the split branches of larger trees. This clearly depends on the size and type of trees available. We sometimes collaborate with the client if posts / poles are required for installation. We do sell trampoline net hammocks if there are no suitable trees or anchor points.
How long does it take to make a TreeNet?
Typically we like to get things done as quickly and competently as possible. Once we are all on the same page with the project, we like to begin right away. There have been projects in the past where we will begin construction the day after meeting. We have done TreeNets in the past as surprise birthday and Christmas gifts, building while the youngster or family is off doing other things. We realize that our clients have busy lives as well and will do our best to accommodate your timing needs and be in and out as quickly as possible.
With that said, we like to rig up the perimeter rope and let it set a day before weaving. This process of setting up the perimeter lines and interior frame takes about 2-8 hours. After that, the laborious hours of weaving begin. In total, a smaller TreeNet takes around 2-6 days to complete, while larger projects around 20x20ft can take upwards of 6 days to 2 weeks. This all depends on number or workers, weather, travel, etc.
How much weight can my TreeNet hold?
To break it down, each paracord string holds 550 lbs with a perimeter and interior frame consisting of climbing rope, which holds thousands of pounds. When these cords and ropes are woven together and wrapped around the trees, in theory there should be no concern with the maximum person weight limit within the net itself. The main thing to look at when considering the maximum TreeNet weight is the surrounding trees and/or branches the platform is attached to. It’s very important to build in a tree or set of trees stable enough to hold up to the stress over the years.
The largest single TreeNet platform we've created thus far can hold around 50 people, set between 6 mature pine trees.
How long will my TreeNet last?
There are a lot of variables when attempting to calculate this question. Depending on use, TreeNet Willy’s platforms last an average of 5-7 years, but can be made and maintained to last much longer. We do our best to use materials and methods that will withstand the years. We pride ourselves on the long-lasting platforms still being used today.
What happens if my TreeNet gets damaged?
First, we want to emphasize that our main goal is to keep you happy and that we will do whatever we can to make sure our quality of work goes above your expectations. We do have a liability form that must be signed with every project. This states that we are not responsible for free maintenance due to overall use, weathering, animals, or some unforeseen nature event. Please contact us directly at email@example.com to discuss the fix. If it's an overall perimeter frame problem, stop using the TreeNet immediately and together we will find a way to fix it. If it's a smaller issue, we may be able to give you basic instructions for a fix if we cannot make it to the location easily.
If the TreeNet is over 5-7 years old and looking like it needs a repair, I'd say its time for totally new platform.
How many TreeNets has TreeNet Willy's made?
Since being introduced to TreeNets in 2008, TreeNet Willy himself has produced well over 200 permanent installations all over the world. With hundreds of thousands of weaving hours and over a decade of experience, these nets have been refined again and again for the best quality. Now with other experienced weavers from across the nation now joining team, we are very confident in how we set up and create these magical hangouts.
Does TreeNet Willy's only do tree installations?
Nope, not at all!
We can also use solid pre-existing infrastructure such as porches or buildings. We can do platforms that are constructed between porch frames and trees. Even if you have an open loft or inside space that needs filled, we can build you a custom hangout. We also sell trampoline framed hammocks that do not require trees or preexisting anchors. These are ideal for people with no trees on their property or for others that are always on the move, as these will break down into small pieces for transport. When you are looking around for a possible net spot, don’t be afraid to get creative!