It’s not news that trampolines have a track record for being very durable. Due to its heavy-duty construction, most of its parts are able to last you months and even years.
Now the problem is since this is the case most of the time, trampoline owners usually do not quickly notice that their trampoline parts have undergone wear and tear and require replacement, except those parts, are visible.
Asides the mat, the springs on your trampoline is also another part that can wear out faster than the rest. Trampolines are risky enough as it were, trust me, you don’t want to increase the likelihood of accidents by using a damaged spring.
The good thing is, they are very easy to replace, but what’s more is they are very affordable as well. Dive in, while I give you answers to some other questions you may be having.
How Do You Care For Your Trampoline Springs?
This is probably the first place to start if you want your springs to last you longer. For one, you can start by storing it when not in use. The good thing is this is one part that can be dismantled and taken in for storage during winter.
If you don’t want to do that, or if you intend to use your trampoline during winter, you can easily use a spring cover or a safety pad over it. Another option might be to use pool noodles over them. If you are going for this, remember to cut them to size over each spring.
Finally, don’t forget to oil your springs every once in a while. You’ll be surprised, but oiling them before fixing them back on, especially after taking them out for storage during winter, can keep your springs lasting longer.
None of these is a guarantee that it wouldn’t get damaged or need replacement. It will only extend the length of its useful life.
How Long Do Trampoline Springs Last?
There’s really no one-way answer to this, as a variety of factors would affect its lifespan. An example might be the frequency of usage. That should be pretty much self-explanatory. Most things tend to wear and tear with use. However, the rate at which it wears depends on its use.
The quality of the springs can also contribute to the rate at which it wears out. Better quality springs mean longer life span, while poor quality springs mean the thrill of a cheap bargain, but a shorter life span to accompany it.
Another thing that determines how long your springs might last is its exposure to weather elements. Trampolines and its parts are constructed to be water and weather-proof since they remain outdoors almost all of the time. However, it still happens that certain times, weather conditions can impact on its long-term durability.
How Can You Tell When Your Trampoline Springs Are Bad?
The direct answer would be to inspect them. If they look alright and work alright, then you most likely do not have a problem. On the other hand, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s not a time to downplay it and move on. Give it a closer look. Here are some things to watch out for:
- Sheared off or broken springs
- Signs of rust/ rust
- If your strings have become so overstretched such that they don’t return to their coiled shape
If you notice any of these things during your inspection, then it’s probably time to get a new spring irrespective of how long they have been in use.
When Is the Right Time To Replace Your Springs?
To prevent potential danger for you and your kids, replace your springs immediately they become worn out or damaged.
The best time to replace your springs is immediately you discover defects or signs of damage. Don’t wait it out if possible. You can quit using your trampoline until the replacement has been carried out.
Can I Still Manage If Other Springs Are Good?
This is another common question trampoline owners ask themselves. And the reasons are apparent. We wouldn’t mind doing with what we have if we can get by. But you shouldn’t do this if you own a trampoline. Remember, they can result in serious health hazards if they are not adequately managed.
Jumping on bad springs can also cause uneven bounce which isn’t only uncomfortable, but can cause harm to the trampoline mat. “How?” You ask. It’s no brainer. Uneven bounce will lead to uneven wear on the mat, which will eventually result in tearing.
Unfortunately, it costs more to replace the mat than it does to replace a damaged spring. Choose wisely.
Things to Note When Replacing Your Springs
#1. Take Note of Your Spring System
Trampoline springs are of two types. The metal type or the regular spring coil model and the elastic type or the spring-free model.
Traditional trampoline models rely on metal springs to give you that bounce. Some newer models, however, have replaced this with an elastic band that acts in the place of metal springs.
I’m assuming since you’re here, you own one of the more traditional models. If this isn’t the case, I’ll advise you to get one as you’ll be rewarded with a more consistent and higher bounce.
Before you replace your springs, ensure you double to check to know your spring system. This will prevent you from getting the wrong type.
#2. What Number And Size Of Springs Do You Need?
The thing is, the more springs you have and the longer they are, the more likely you’ll have a better bounce. Whereas, shorter springs produce a rough and choppy bounce. If you want a smooth and enjoyable bounce, then you’re better off with longer springs.
#3. What Shape of Trampoline Spring do You Need?
Basically, there are two types of shapes to choose from. You can either go for the dual tapered trampoline spring or the more regular shaped ones. The regular shaped ones are cheaper, but they perform lower when placed side-by-sidewith their dual tapered counterparts.
The dual tapered springs also perform better because they provide greater lateral stability and their shape contributes to making them more durable than the straight shaped springs. If you can do without maximum performance, then regular-shaped springs should do just fine.
#4. Get the Right Spring
I know this sounds familiar, but it isn’t. There are different springs for different purposes, and just because they come in a metal coil doesn’t mean that they can do the job of a trampoline spring. Getting the wrong spring will just end up causing ruins eventually. So don’t be caught making that mistake.
How to Maintain Your Trampoline So That They Last Longer
#1. Winterize your Trampoline Parts
Your trampoline will last you longer if you can take out its parts and store before winter. The mat is usually the first thing to take off because it is the part most susceptible to damage. Then you can go on to remove the netting, the jumping pad, and the spring.
#2. Use a Trampoline Cover When Not In Use
A trampoline cover can help protect your trampoline from the elements as well keeps it free from dirt, leaves, and debris. It’s something you might want to consider investing in
#3. Replace Damaged or Worn Out Parts
Don’t allow damaged parts to deteriorate further. This can affect several other properly functioning parts in the process. You want to develop a routine of inspection and maintenance so that your trampoline can last you longer.
Trampolines can be a fun way to spend time with family. And while their durable construction keeps them working and in good condition for long, you’ll need to ensure that you keep an eye out for wear and tear in certain parts. Doing this will keep you from harm’s way while saving you a lot of stress.