How to care for your trampoline ahead of winter
Winter can be the harshest season for your trampoline with strong winds, heavy rain and snow and not to mention rotting leaves guaranteed. A good quality trampoline is made to withstand the typical elements of the British weather but there are a number of things you can do to extend the life of your trampoline.
If you’re willing to spend a little bit of time preparing your trampoline ahead of the rain, snow and wind, you’ll be able to keep it in place and use it on the days when bad weather doesn’t keep you inside. If you live in a more moderate-to-mild winter climate, there are just a few steps you should take to protect it from any winter weather you may encounter. Winter is tough on your trampoline but you can help it survive by following our guide.
Fit a tie down kit to your trampoline
Tie down kits also known as anchor kits help prevent trampolines being blow away. Tie down kits consist of very strong webbing straps that loop over your trampoline frame and connect to metal stakes that are driven into the ground. They are essential if your trampoline is located in an exposed site to help prevent your trampoline being lifted and possibly blown away altogether in strong winds. There are numerous examples of this on You Tube.
Once a trampoline has been blown away most of our customers report that this is terminal so tie down kits are a low cost but beneficial addition to your trampoline and can be purchased from us. Anchor kits also add an extra layer of safety to your trampoline by further stabilising your trampoline from toppling over from any children who can sometimes get over excited and jump in to the safety nets.
Fit a cover to your trampoline
Some covers just cover the jump mat of the trampoline whilst others stretch across and around the padding too. The latter is the type that we recommend and protect the jump mat and pads from the rain, rotting leaves and bird muck. A cover is essential to extend the life of trampoline pads that have PE (ground sheet mesh) material on their upper side as this material deteriorates very quickly during the cold wet months. Ensure that the trampoline cover is first placed on a very dry day to prevent any moisture being trapped possibly causing mildew.
Remove your net for the winter
If your trampoline is not likely to be used during winter then it’s worth removing the net from the trampoline. The net is usually the first part of the trampoline that needs replacing and although nets are a mesh construction which allows air to blow through, they do increase the surface area of the trampoline making them more prone to the effects of the wind. We recognise that some trampoline nets are more difficult to remove than others but if you are considering a replacement then our range of replacement nets are extremely strong and can be fitted and removed in under 15 minutes.
Leave your enclosure poles in place
If you do decide to remove your net for the winter then we recommend leaving your enclosure poles in place on the trampoline. You don’t have to find somewhere to store them and the weight of the poles on the trampoline will help keep it on the ground.
Remove the frame pads and store them inside when not in use
Removing the frame pads will prevent them from getting damaged from the moisture of rain or snow. These are easy to fold and store inside without taking up a lot of space. If you opt to not remove the frame pads, make sure they are covered with a weather cover to prevent them from coming into contact with moisture.
Clear snow from the jumping pad as soon as it is safe to do so
If you allow snow to build up on the pad, its weight can cause damage to your trampoline. A broom should be enough to remove all of the snow. Avoid using a shovel or snowblower. A shovel can scratch or tear the surface of the pad, and a snowblower can damage it if your blower emits heat. A broom is also useful at getting off any leaves that have accumulated on your trampoline.
Periodically inspect the frame, springs and jumping pad
Inspecting your trampoline is important to make sure the winter weather isn’t doing unexpected damage to it. If the damage is detected early, it will be easier to repair or prevent further, irreparable damage from occurring. Before your family starts to play, take a few minutes to walk around the trampoline, noting any areas that look like they’ve experienced wear and tear since the last time the trampoline was used. In particular it’s worth tightening all nuts to ensure the rigidity of the trampoline. If you trampoline is a few years old and has had some serious use then why not consider replacing the springs to give your trampoline a new lease of life. Address any other safety concerns before allowing your family to begin jumping again.