Trampolines are an ideal investment for large backyards as they provide many hours of entertainment and exercise for people of all ages. The problem that many trampoline owners are faced with is the deterioration of the rubber components when exposed to direct sunlight and heat for long periods of time. It is, fortunately, possible to protect a trampoline from the elements, including sunlight, with a bit of due diligence while setting up the trampoline. Protecting your trampoline from the sun can be done by taking the time to plan out where it will be located in the yard, using a trampoline cover, spring pad covers, and regular inspections. Read the below articles for details on how to protect your trampoline from the sun.
Trampolines Require Shade From Direct Sunlight
Constantly exposing the parts of a trampoline, especially the rubber components, to extreme temperatures and direct sunlight will cause them to break down. Many homeowners don’t think about a simple yet effective solution is installing their trampolines in a shaded or wooded area of their yard. If a yard has no trees or shrubbery, shade is easily achieved by installing a patio cover or awning over the area where the trampoline resides.
It isn’t always possible to locate a completely shaded area in a backyard as most outdoor locations will receive sunlight– directly or indirectly. This is especially true if you have a small yard with little protection (see our picks for the best trampolines for small yards). However, it is much easier to prevent the components of the trampoline from breaking down when it receives very little direct sunlight during the day. Finding the perfect spot involves going outside and checking to see how much direct light a chosen area receives throughout the day. It is also advisable for homeowners to regularly check trampolines for signs of sun damage such as cracking or tears in the mat.
Exploring The Use Of A Shade Cover
The amount of sunlight an area receives is often not something homeowners can control, so installing the correct sized trampoline shade cover offers ample protection. Shade covers are meant to go directly over the top of the trampoline and prevent it from being constantly exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. Although highly effective against the sun, shade covers are also ideal for areas that receive much rainfall. The covers have the ability to keep the trampoline from pooling water on the surface and suffering long-term damage due to prolonged water exposure.
Trampoline covers are available in two different styles. The first design is highly affordable and works to protect trampolines that do not have an enclosure. These covers are actually similar to tarps and simply cover the surface area of the trampoline when no one is bouncing on it. For trampolines that actually are built with an enclosure (see the Beast K9 review), a tent-like tarp design offers efficient elemental protection. Most importantly, the trampolines can remain in use while the tent-like tarp offers sun protection. If you’re interested, read our article about trampoline tents to learn more.
Spring Pad Covers Offer Some Protection
For those without the means to purchase a shaded enclosure or simply don’t have enough shade in their yards, spring pad covers can help prolong the life of the trampoline. This cover can help the metal components from getting too hot and suffering undue damage from the sun. The real downside to these covers is that when exposed to extreme temperatures, dark-colored covers or those made from nylon may cause burns when touched.
Related: Read our review of the Jumpzylla 10FT Trampoline and Enclosure
Cooling Down A Heated Trampoline
It isn’t just the UV rays that may damage a trampoline, but rather, prolonged exposure to heat and rising temperatures. Keeping a trampoline near water sprinklers in the yard is a great way to not only keep those bouncing on it cool but to ensure that the components don’t suffer an undue strain. Spraying or sprinkling cold water on the mat can ensure the surface is safe for bouncing and will also prolong the actual life of the mat.
***It is important that after a trampoline is wet, the water isn’t left to pool for too long. If standing water remains, it can cause mold, mildew, and the eventual decay of the soft frame pads or the mat.
Regular Inspections Are A Must!
For anyone owning a large trampoline, inspecting it for any signs of damage is important to perform on a regular basis. Oftentimes, small problems can become big ones and pose a potential hazard for those bouncing. It is crucial to inspect all of the parts such as the mat as it should remain free of holes, tears, sagging, or scratches. Springs may become rusty in time, therefore, it is advisable to regularly keep checking for tight coils and potential signs of corrosion. Lastly, the frame should remain tightly fitted and sturdy enough to withstand the pressure of being bounced on.