Winter can be the most strenuous time of the year for the components of your trampoline. With the rain, wind, and cold and for some, snow this will really separate quality trampolines from the cheap nasty ones.
Here at Jumpflex, we want to prepare you for the wintertime to ensure that your trampoline is kept maintained and safe. We have a few tips and tricks to help maintain it through those wet and windy days.
How to care for your trampoline in the winter
With those strong winds, heavy rain falls and once again those areas preparing for snow fall, we can often forget about what is sitting in the backyard. Here are some common concerns about caring for your trampoline in the winter and how to address them:
Should you leave your trampoline up during winter?
This is a personal choice! You could disassemble the Safety Net, Netting Poles, Safety Pad, Jumping Mat and springs and put them away in a dry place while you leave the metal frame and poles in the yard. However, if you don't have the storage space or would rather avoid the hassle, you can choose to leave your trampoline up all winter, just make sure you take the appropriate steps for winterising it.
If it is especially windy in your area (this is regardless of the time of the year), it is important to secure the trampoline with anchors to avoid the damage and destruction that con come from an airborne trampoline.
Wind can sometimes increase to dangerous speeds and this could put your trampoline at risk from moving or taking off. Think of it like a giant parachute in your garden. If you have a larger trampoline you might even want to consider a double anchor kit which attaches the trampoline in eight different places for added security or find anything heavy around your yard to anchor the feet down or have some sandbags handy for when those unfortunate storms are due to hit.
We make a pretty mean trampoline at Jumpflex but there are something’s we just can't control (wish we could), rain being one of them! Some of you may be living in areas that seem to have that dampness hanging around all winter long and seeing the sun through the clouds seems like a rare event, well, unfortunately, with that can come dew and with dew can come mould. Give your trampoline a brush down with the hose and a soft brush every so often or as soon as you see anything appearing. Mould as we all know, can get onto anything and is one of those nasties that can eat away at whatever it lies on. Just don't use a water blaster or hard brush as you don't want to cause any damage to your trampoline.
Living in an area where snow will be heading your way? No problem! Just take the time to get out there and brush off the snow build up off your trampoline. You can use a soft brush or broom to remove it from the trampoline frame, net, pad and mat. Just don't use any hard brushes or shovels so you avoid causing any damage to the trampoline. It might even be a good idea to remove the pad. net and mat if these is heavy snowfall to avoid sagging and moisture build up which can cause damage.
Should you cover your trampoline in the winter?
Again this is a personal choice. If you're opting to leave your trampoline up through the winter and cooler months but don't plan to use it, you could remove the Jumping Mat, Safety Pad and Safety Net. Cover the trampoline with a tarpaulin large enough to cover the entire circle of your frame. You will want it large enough that you can tie it under the frame and secure the Tarpaulin down. Otherwise measure your trampoline up and see what cover you can find out there that will cover the circle of your trampoline.
One reason we don't offer a cover is because we don't necessarily feel it's the best option during winter. With rain and possible snow in areas this can cause moisture build up underneath the cover which could cause sagging, mould or frame damage. Make sure if you do cover it, that you remove the cover after these storms and as soon as it clears up so the frame etc. can dry off and air out. Plus in most cases, there is no reason why the trampoline can't be used. When there is a break in the weather, just clear it from any debris or water build up before bouncing and ensure it is well anchored down during this time.