Trampoline cover buying guide
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Why use a trampoline cover?
Trampoline covers are essential for various reasons.
- Covers help to protect your trampoline fabric from falling leaves in the autumn. This is important as, even if the decomposing leaves don't damage your jump mat, they will make it look messy.
- Covers also help to protect the jump mat from the rain and can be used to stop you from slipping on a wet trampoline. These accessories will also help you get back to bouncing once the rain shower is over. Please note that it is not recommended to jump on a wet trampoline in order to avoid accidents.
- Trampoline covers help to extend the service life of your safety pad, as the slip provided with the pad is generally not very resistant to UV rays.
- Protective covers can be used over the winter but the snow that gathers on top must be cleared regularly to avoid damaging the trampoline springs. Better still, you can remove the jump mat or to store the material indoors to protect it from the snow.
Trampoline cover features
Like any other type of cover, trampoline covers offer a range of features:
- covers can be made of polypropylene, polyester or reinforced PVC (for greater strength);
- the covers are generally fastened via cords used to attach them to the structure of the trampoline ;
- some models are attached by means of elasticated cords ;
- trampoline covers feature a water drainage system ;
- the model you choose must be suited to the size of the trampoline. Covers generally measure around 180 to 430 cm in diameter ;
- a breathable material will help to improve rainwater drainage. Some models feature a hole in the centre while others are made from micro-porous materials that allow water to filter through the jump mat ;
- some trampoline covers offer anti-UV protection for better colour fastness ;
- it is possible to purchase covers that have been specially designed for use with trampolines with safety nets. This is useful as the fixing posts make it tricky to install a standard cover.
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