Trampolines are becoming one of the more popular backyard purchases for families everywhere. A trampoline has the advantage of providing beneficial exercises and loads of fun for both children and adults. It also is a great way for all family members to come together and share some precious time. Besides, children need to spend some time away from indoor video games and electronics. Trampolining is a great outdoor activity that will allow a child some quality time outdoors.
There is only one real disadvantage to purchasing a trampoline. The disadvantage is that you probably will only want to trampoline when the weather accommodates it. People do not enjoy trampolining on rainy days or on most cold, snowy days during the winter. Therefore, before you purchase a trampoline you may want to consider winter storage concerns.
Obviously, a quality trampoline purchase can be a large investment (see our review of the SereneLife Trampoline for an affordable option). You would not want this investment to deteriorate over the winter months due to improper winter storage. Therefore, it is important to understand what is required to properly store your trampoline during the winter months so that it is as good as new in the spring (see How to Prepare a Yard for a Trampoline). This article will provide some steps that are necessary to store your trampoline properly during the winter.
Preparing for Winter
Frame Pad Removal
Trampoline frame pads are susceptible to damage from the moisture of rain or snow. Therefore, it is important to not only remove the pads and store them indoors during the winter months but also to clean the pads thoroughly before storing them. Simply use a basic cleaning solution to wipe off any dirt or residue. Once clean, make sure that the pads are completely dry before placing them into an indoor, dry storage area.
The net enclosure that surrounds the trampoline needs to be carefully removed. It is important to do it carefully because the net can easily rip. Use the same procedure of cleaning and drying as you did with the frame pads.
The better trampolines come with the ability to purchase additional accessories such as trampoline anchors. Trampoline anchors are important to prevent the trampoline, or its parts, from flying around during turbulent winter storms. The anchor kit will include stakes that can be easily attached to the trampoline frame.
In fact, it probably is a good idea to have your trampoline anchored throughout the year but this will be especially true during the winter months. If you decide to anchor only during the winter months, make sure you put the stakes into the ground early enough before the ground freezes hard.
Regular Winter Checkups
Do not forget to check your trampoline on a regular basis during the winter months. This will allow you to quickly repair any damage before the jumping season begins. If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, remove any buildup of snow as quickly as possible. Do not use a shovel which may cause additional damage. A basic corn-broom is the best way to sweep off the snow.
Many trampoline owners choose a trampoline weather cover to protect the trampoline over winter. However, you may want to do some research on whether to use a weather cover or not. Moisture can be trapped when using a cover and it could damage the pads.
Obviously, what you decide to do with your trampoline during the winter months will largely depend on storage space, your location, and your personal preference. Locations that have harsh winters are worrisome for trampoline owners because of snow accumulation, strong winds, and subfreezing temperatures.
Snow accumulation, for instance, can cause the springs to be damaged because the weight exceeds the capacity of the springs. Snow removal, on the other hand, can be a real challenge during extreme weather conditions. In addition, there are trampoline owners who simply do not have enough storage space to keep trampoline components dry. Their only choice is to leave the trampoline outdoors throughout the year.
In conclusion, a trampoline purchase requires some serious thought and research. Also, be aware of purchasing trampolines that are on sale for an unbelievably low price. Look for quality trampolines that are designed with rust-proof and durable materials.