During the fall yard clean up process, many people have to make a decision about what to do with their trampoline before the harsh winter rolls around. Many people have the internal debate about whether they should store the trampoline out of the elements or just leave it outside.
Let’s take a look if snow will damage a trampoline to help you determine what to do with it before the winter weather comes.
Will Snow Ruin a Trampoline?
Below are the three major potential thing that could ruin a trampoline that involve the snow or winter:
Rust: The first potential issue is rust. Over time, the snow that sits on the hardware has the potential to cause rust. However, many trampolines are made from rust-resistant material, so this may not be an issue for some. If possible, check the specifications of your trampoline on the manufacturer’s website to verify that the hardware is able to withstand the elements.
Excessive Snow and Ice: An excessive amount of snow that builds up on the trampoline has the potential to do damage to the mat. If you plan on leaving your trampoline assembled in the yard during the winter, you should remove snow build-up with a soft bristle broom. You should avoid using a shovel since it may damage the mat.
Wind: Winter is notorious for strong winds in many areas. If your trampoline is not anchored to the ground, it can potential lift into the air and cause damage to the trampoline and/or other property. You should consider buying a trampoline anchor kit if you don’t already have one. This will keep your trampoline grounded year-round.
If you do not plan on using your trampoline in the winter, it is wise to remove the netting, springs, and mat so that they can be stored away until spring. This will help prolong the life of your trampoline since its major components will be out of the often severe weather that winter brings. The frame can also be brought in for storage but many people prefer to leave it in the yard due to lack of storage space.
Trampolines clearly are not cheap. It is a good idea to do a bit of research to see what the manufacturer recommends for winter maintenance. Not all trampolines are built the same, so one type of trampoline may be okay to leave out whereas another may need to be disassembled and stored in the winter.
Lastly, you can buy a trampoline cover such as this JumpKing weather cover. They are commonly sold in different sizes to fit over various trampoline sizes. The cover is placed over the trampoline surface to provide a barrier of protection against the elements. It is something to consider if you plan on leaving your trampoline outside year round.