Will winter weather damage the trampoline? It’s a question we get asked all the time. Even though we live in perpetually sunny Arizona, many of our trampolines and in-ground trampolines make their way to the snowy climates and their owners do wonder whether winter will damage or destroy the trampoline they’ve invested in.
Many trampoline manufacturers say that a trampoline can be used year round and that inclement weather won’t harm it, but for those who live in harsh weather areas, you may want to take down and store your trampoline or you will at least want to cover it and protect it from the elements. If you don’t take it down, you will want to inspect it regularly and clear off any standing snow, ice or water to assure it doesn’t damage the mat or springs or cause mold growth.
- Snow can rust components
- Ice can tear the mat
- Standing rain water can damage and stretch the mat
Will Winter Weather Damage The Trampoline?
Snow falls can bury the trampoline under several feet of snow in a matter of days and that puts a lot of pressure and strain on the jumping mat. Even if you have covered the trampoline with a winter weather cover, the weight of the snow is no match for the mat.
Trampoline owners who live in area of the country that deal with tornadoes, hurricanes or extreme wind storms — or monsoons like we have in Arizona — will want to use special care to protect their trampoline during times of extreme weather. An above ground trampoline can very easily become a dangerous flying object in the midst of a windstorm and can injure someone or damage property — not to mention destroy your trampoline!
If you’re not going to remove your inground trampoline mat during the winter, pay special attention to it and clear off snow and standing water to protect it and keep it viable for the next trampoline season!
Call us if you have any questions about how to protect your trampoline during winter weather.
There comes a time in the life of every trampoline owner when you wonder is it time to repair or replace the trampoline? You can reach out to us, your in-ground trampoline specialist and let us know what issues you may potentially be having and we can help you determine whether you should repair or replace.
When you have a trampoline for your family you certainly don’t want to let it get in bad shape so you can’t use it. More importantly, you don’t want to let it fall into a state of disrepair because that could mean the mat or springs might not be safe enough for your family to use.
Here are a few quick items to check:
- Are there any holes in the pad
- Are the springs in place and not rused
- Is the net enclosure standing and sturdy
- Are the safety pads that cover the springs firmly in place
- Are there any “soft spots” in the mat — where it’s worn unevenly
When you’re investing in your trampoline initially you want to work with a reputable in-ground or above ground trampoline supplier and one who uses quality components. Investing in quality up front, will assure your trampoline will be usable for the long term. Also, investing in a quality trampoline and working with an experienced supplier helps assure that if you need replacement parts, he will still be available to help you.
You should inspect your trampoline every couple of weeks to ensure there are no holes or no loose nuts or bolts before you jump. In fact, give the trampoline a quick once-over every time before you use it. Give it a thorough inspection every couple of weeks.
A damaged trampoline or one with worn spots or loose or rusty bolts can be very dangerous; it could mean the difference between landing on a soft trampoline mat or the hard, unforgiving ground.
Is It Time To Repair Or Replace The Trampoline?
What are you looking for when you inspect your trampoline?
- Rusted bolts
- Rusted or loose springs
- Safety pads that are not secure
- Bubbles on any painted areas as this can mean there is rust underneath
- Worn or rough patches on the trampoline mat
- Visible rips or tears on the mat
- Visible rips or tears on the safety net
- Standing water under the in-ground trampoline
- Instability of the above ground trampoline legs
If you have any doubts or questions about the integrity of your trampoline, it’s better safe than sorry and to not use it until it can be thoroughly inspected and replacement parts ordered if necessary.