Is your trampoline just not as bouncy as it once was? If you’ve noticed you and your trampoline have lost its bounce you may be wondering, “is it time to replace the trampoline springs?” The answer could be, “yes.”
In addition to replacing the trampoline springs, you will also want to give the trampoline mat a once over to assure that is still safe and still has some bounce left in it! When you’re looking for replacement springs, look for as high a quality as you can and also get materials that will withstand the weather — stainless or galvanized steel are best.
The most common reason you will need to replace the springs on the trampoline is because they have stretched out. When they get stretched, they lose their strength and that means you just won’t rebound as high as you’re accustomed to.
Overstretching of the strings is a newer issue with mass produced trampolines. When you buy a trampoline look for one that has high quality springs. Close placement of springs, and a higher number of them, compared to a lower number will also increase bounce and reduce the frequency with which you need to replace them.
Is it time to replace the trampoline springs?
When you’re buying trampoline springs, it is best to buy enough to replace all of them rather than replacing random springs around the trampoline. When you replace springs, here and there, you run the risk of not replacing all of those that require it. Another issue with replacing only individual springs is that your trampoline will have uneven jumping capacity.
Ask us which trampoline springs are best suited to the type, size and style of trampoline you own. Buy springs that fit your unique above ground or inground trampoline so you have the best jump experience.
It’s best to replace springs with the same length, but you can add no more than one inch in length and still safely jump. Keep in mind that the longer the spring, the more chance you run of touching the ground because the trampoline height was designed with the original length springs in mind.
How can you tell if the springs need to be replaced?
Remove the springs from the above ground or inground trampoline and:
- Clench the spring in your fist and grab one end. Shake the spring and see how tight it is.
- When you’ve removed the spring if they don’t recoil tightly into their natural relaxed state, they are overstretched.
Test at least one dozen of the springs to get a good test batch to see if they are safe. If you’ve never done this before you will likely not have an easy time determining whether a spring is tight or overstretched. We recommend asking a trampoline professional and/or replacing the springs on a regular schedule.
Give us a call and we can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.