Trampolines aren’t cheap. If you have recently invested in a trampoline for your family, it’s a good idea to learn ways to care for it. Caring for a trampoline not only makes it safer for you and your loved ones, it adds years to your trampoline. There’s not much worse than making a huge investment only to see it fall apart too soon.
Most trampoline owners worry about the winter months, and it’s for good reason. However, despite the harsh weather a lot of areas experience, trampoline care should be maintained year-round. Most trampolines break down because of a simple mistake an owner makes early on.
In this article, we’re not going to go into detail about how to setup your trampoline. The key takeaway is that a proper trampoline setup is crucial for long term success.
Think about it: If your frame is not set up properly, each jump will bring your trampoline closer to falling apart. Take the take upfront to correctly install the trampoline.
We know it can be hard when you have anxious kids waiting for their first jump.
The location of your trampoline setup is something that a lot of owners miss. It’s easy to assume that any space large enough will suffice as the perfect spot.
That’s not the case.
A trampoline that close to a tree, even if the kids are out of harms way when jumping, poses to shorten the life of your trampoline. Leaves will fall throughout the year. A light breeze allows leaves to accumulate, even when the trampoline isn’t directly under any branch.
Take note of the final location. Ask yourself whether anything might accumulate during the year. Old leaves that build up over time assist mother nature in breaking down your trampoline.
Just like our bodies, it’s important to stay current. There’s magic formula for this tip, but make sure you check up on your trampoline every couple of weeks.
Most trampolines don’t fall apart overnight; it’s usually something small that goes unnoticed for a long time.
Here’s what you should be looking for:
This tip is obvious: Don’t wear shoes when jumping on your trampoline. Jumpers should be barefoot or being wearing socks.
While it might be a no-brainer, many trampoline owners fail to read up on the weight limit. The weight limit is most often broken for two reasons:
The best advice for trampoline safety is to limit the number of jumpers to one; it’s easier said than done. That rule would have never been okay when my brother and I were jumping as kids.
If you’re able to enforce this rule it will go a long way in preserving your trampoline. You’ll never break the weight limit and your kid(s) will be much safer.
Finally, this article addresses the issue surrounding inclement weather! Yes, a lot of places in the world get their fair share of crummy weather during some parts of the year. That being said, a trampoline cover goes a long way in protecting this family fun asset.
Not only with the cover protect against rain, the cover can be used during the summer months as well. While most trampoline brands claim their products have jumping pads that are UV resistant, the sun will eventually break down just about anything.
It’s tough to get in the habit of covering it every day (that is sure to become annoying), but covering it up during the summer is easy when you know you’ll be gone for a while. Be proactive and get that cover on for vacations, or times when you know your kids will be gone for a few days.
Do you live in an area that experiences high winds at some point during a year? If so, investing in stakes that keep your trampoline in place could be a live saver.
Note: buying stakes assumes you have some sort of rope to attach to the trampoline. We were able to find some trampoline accessories on Amazon.
There have been reports of storms producing winds strong enough to blow over their trampolines. Losing your trampoline is one thing, but the potential damage it could do to your house (or neighbors) is a scary thought.
This post covers a lot of good trampoline habits to make sure you take good care of it. But just because the advice is helpful doesn’t mean the list stops here. Trampoline care is an ongoing process.
Keep an eye out at all times. Try to be one step ahead; don’t neglect your trampoline or it will neglect you.
Let us know if you have any trampoline care tips we might have missed!