Good quality trampolines are typically safe and sturdy. They are usually made out of steel, UV protected cloths and certain weaving patterns that protect the trampoline from outside damage. This means that trampolines are usually very long lasting with minimal wear and tear.
However, as a trampoline owner, it is always good to be prepared for damages that can occur to your trampoline. If you understand how to correctly fix a problem with your trampoline, you will help restore its quality and longevity.
Some trampoline problems are due to sun damage. One way to prevent that is to cover your trampoline when it's not in use.
Overexposure to sun can cause rotting on the trampoline.
A lot of trampoline brands also offer great warranties. If your damages occur before the 12-month mark, make sure to check your receipt or order before buying new parts with your own money.
You may be eligible for a warranty!
A warranty on parts could get you new parts that you need to replace, and a regular warranty could get your trampoline repaired, or even get you a brand new one. It's important that you keep your receipt and manufacturer's information!
If you end up creating a tear or hole in your trampoline, don't fear, it's totally fixable. All it requires are a few materials and some instructions.
Here are some ways to repair some common trampoline tears:
Make sure to look over your trampoline mat regularly so that you can catch any issues before they grow.
A tear in the trampoline mat seems to be one of the more common trampoline tears. If you experience this type of tear on your trampoline, don't worry, but make sure to take immediate action. Once you see a hole on the mat, make sure you patch it up as soon as possible. Grab a piece of duct tape and place it over the whole so that it is patched.
This will protect the tear from spreading and growing larger into the mat. If the tear is anything more than minor, this will not work.
Using measuring tape, measure the tear in your mat. If the tear spans more than 2 inches, you will need to purchase a new mat. If not, the tear can be fixed easily, with no purchase of a new piece.
If the tear ends up being less than 2 inches, remove the mat temporarily so that you can fix it. With your trampoline should come a manufacturers patch kit. If you did not get one with your purchase, you could buy one directly from the manufacturer that made your trampoline.
Use a patch from the kit and put it over the tear. Then sew the edges of the patch to the edges of the mat's hole. Your patch kit should come with instructions that notify you of which stitches to use for your specific mat's type of weaving. Sew over the edges a few more times to secure them and make them stronger, so that the patch holds up better and lasts longer.
Once it is sewn on, cut excess material off the patch. Then put the mat back on its frame. Good as new!
If your trampoline springs end up getting damaged or weak, the best thing to do is to order new springs online and replace them. These springs should be widely available and rather affordable.
However, make sure that the springs you purchase will fit your type of trampoline. If possible, you can get some directly from the manufacturer to ensure the right fit. Otherwise, sites like Amazon sell an assortment of affordable spring replacements to choose from.
Once you get your springs in the mail, the installation should be pretty straightforward. Just remove the old springs and put the new ones in. However, if you get confused along the way you can always call your manufacturer or watch a quick and easy video tutorial.
Safety net tears are another common type of tear that can occur with a trampoline. This is because safety nets are usually thinner than the other materials on the trampoline. They also break a lot of falls and hold a lot of weight, since safety nets are usually used to protect children who are jumping around!
Safety nets are important to your child's safety, so it's good to inspect them every once in a while. A small hole that goes unnoticed will eventually be pulled into a bigger hole, which can weaken, or even rip, the entire net. This can be a really serious safety hazard, especially for inexperienced or young children who are playing around on the trampoline.
Thankfully, safety nets are very easy to repair. If you catch the holes while they're still relatively small, you can close them up by yourself! All you need is upholstery thread and a needle with an eye that's big enough to weave the heavy-duty thread. You can also use a fishing line to sew the netting if you want a stronger material to keep your net together.
Once you pull the needle through the netting, make sure to make a knot on the thread that's connected to the threading. Then proceed to sew the hole closed. You're going to want to sew in a zigzag pattern. Make sure to knot at the end as well, to prevent the stitching from slipping.
After completing the stitching, sew over it again a few times to secure it in place and build its strength. Your hole is now patched! This is a great fix that should last you a while. If the thread begins to become undone, you can just tighten it back up.
Most of these fixes for trampoline tears are rather easy, quick, and cost-effective. Online retailers sell replacement parts and patch kits that make the job even easier. This is the biggest reason to consider turning your trampoline repairs into a DIY project.
However, if you don't feel like you have the skills or tools necessary to fix your trampoline, or if the problem gets too big, you can also always call in an affordable professional for some heavy-duty help. There are lots of services that provide fixing and patching for torn or broken trampolines!