Sounds of laughter draw your attention out the kitchen window. You smile and spend a minute watching your kids bounce around inside the trampoline. With winter fast approaching, you realize the jumping is going to have sit out a season. Then the thought hits you. There’s no way your trampoline will be able to withstand the harsh elements that come along with winter. You wonder if you’ll have to break the whole thing down, or if they make trampoline covers for winter?
There’s two answers to this question, depending on the severity of your winters.
If you break down your mat, pads, netting, and springs, your trampoline shouldn’t require any winter maintenance. You may consider anchors to hold it down against strong winds. When trampolines are left standing, however, some winter maintenance will help protect them.
Remember to remove the cover after storms dump rain and snow. Excessive snow can weigh down and damage the springs if left too long. Covers can also trap in moisture, and once the sun comes out that can lead to mold. Get that cover off and let your mat air dry.
Just a quick word on trampoline covers before reviewing a few of the better products. They can come in handy during winter months, but their use extends far beyond one season. Summer, fall, and spring will beat down on your mat with all their elements. Taking the time to cover your trampoline when it’s not in use will add years of life and keep it looking brand new.
Most trampoline covers won’t fit over the mat properly without removing the enclosure. The poles that hold the netting prevent the cover from wrapping over. JumpSport’s 14ft trampoline cover offers one of the only designs that fits around enclosure poles.
The JumpSport 14ft trampoline cover uses Velcro straps and buckles that fix onto each enclosure upright. They secure the cover where enclosure poles meet the frame and mat. Heavy duty PVC coated polyester material makes up the cover. Bulkier than other models, the JumpSport cover weighs 17.6 pounds.
Total dimensions open up to 19.6 x 15.5 x 6.6 inches on this canvas like cover. It secures easily and has a mesh center for water drainage. Durability and ease of use propel the cost of the JumpSport trampoline cover higher than most. It’s worth it if you want a superior cover.
Durable polyester material comprises the Jumpking Laminated Round Cover. This trampoline cover fits any 15ft round trampoline. It is a mat only cover that includes attachable hooks for securing onto the frame.
Total dimensions of the Jumpking 15ft round trampoline cover are 180 x 180 inches. It weighs 6.4 pounds and folds up into a compact tarp when not in use. Perfect for protecting the mat from long stays in the sun or bad winter storms, the Jumpking trampoline cover keeps natural elements from doing harm.
Weather won’t beat the Pure Fun 12ft trampoline cover with its heavy duty polyethylene design. A waterproof cover with drainage hole in the center, Pure Fun covers wrap over the round frame of the trampoline mat and secure to each leg pole. Complete dimensions of the Pure Fun trampoline cover are 180 x 180 inches.
Users review it as a great cover for ease of use as it takes a few short minutes to secure. Drawbacks about using the cover in areas of high wind deserve notation. A few users claim it will tear apart. This unit is also difficult to secure with the enclosure netting and poles still in place. For the cost, it makes perfect protection from the sun and rain.
The painful truth about trampoline covers for winter is that they may not be appropriate depending on where you live. Harsh winters that involve extended layers of snow will ruin your mat with a cover on. Your best bet is to break everything down except the frame.
If you live in an area that sees foul weather breaking to fair, however, you’re in luck. There’s absolutely no reason to forsake a trampoline cover. Last but far from least, trampoline covers will extend your purchase if you use them in any kind of weather. There’s one simple rule. Cover your trampoline when you finish using it.