Traditional hanging swings are pieces of art. They are usually made of hardwoods such as red cedar, oak or cypress and are left unpainted. The weather and time only add a patina and a touch of history to the beauty of the natural wood grain. While styles, fashions and designs change, classic swings are usually very simple. The most popular are Mission style, or simple swings with thin slats and curved back top. Of course, many people prefer their classic swings painted in different colors, often a solid white, green or red, to fit best with the color and design of the porch. Classic swings are made to last, so not only the wood has to be durable and lasting, but the hardware has to resist the weather and prolonged use. When buying your classic swing, ask if the hardware comes with warranty. Even the best classic swing is not good enough if the chain on which it swings is weak, rusty or creaking. Good quality of material will ensure many years of pleasant naps or neighborly chats in your classic front porch swing.