A trend that is emerging in backyard design and play equipment is the installation of trampolines below the ground. In-ground trampolines are attractive and can look a lot more secure than the standard installation. In fact, one of the most frequently asked questions from customers is “Isn’t installing a trampoline in the ground more secure than one that is above the surface?”
The short answer is “no. But this doesn’t mean you have to compromise your plans to have beautiful landscaping just now. Read this guide and determine if an in-ground trampoline installation is the right choice for you and your investment. Take a look at our most loved trampolines which have converting into in-ground systems.
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS for IN-GROUND TRAMPOLINES
There is a common misconception that if someone is jumping on an underground trampoline. If they fall, they are less likely to be injured than if they are on an over-ground trampoline. FALSE! While the jumper is located closer to the ground. In the event that a safety enclosure is not installed, they could nevertheless fall off a great distance. Sometimes at least six feet high up and land on the hard ground, frequently hitting the surfaces of a retaining wall.
Furthermore, in order to provide proper drainage and ventilation usually an additional space between the point where the trampoline ends and where the wall starts allowing tiny limbs to catch in the fall or when getting into or exiting the trampoline.
OTHER Key Factors
Think about maintenance as an additional aspect of your family’s security. The trampolines in the ground need more maintenance and attention There’s plenty you don’t see in the event you decide to lower the trampoline. Routine frame and jump mat checks require to ensure your family’s safety every time they take a step on or off. After the trampoline has been set on its “resting position” many of the essential components will not be accessible to you.
In-ground trampolines require more time and expense to construct. They must erect in a location that will allow for 3-4 feet of digging. Without getting into any rocks or utilities of any nature (gas electric, plumbing gas or plumbing – a phone call to the local city planner might be an excellent idea). Also, you’ll be able to determine how the rainwater or snow, or even ordinary gardening can drain from beneath the trampoline. Stagnant and stale water in backyards can cause insect infestations or corrosion.
IS A NET REQUIRED FOR IN-GROUND TRAMPOLINE INSTALLATION?
If you put your trampoline on the ground, there’s still a risk of falling. We recommend looking into our top-rated trampoline security net enclosures for a different option. If they properly install, it will prevent a ground collision from a fall, and stop children from intentionally jumping off the trampoline, frequently resulting in injuries. A barrier ensures that children enter and exit the trampoline in a safe manner. They also have a high capacity and are required for adults just as they are for children. In any case, enclosures protect the jumper and are an essential part of using an outdoor trampoline.
Tips to build your IN-GROUND TRAMPOLINE
It’s true that an inground installation can hide this highly noticeable piece of outdoor playground equipment. However, take a look at what we’ve talked about so far: dampened bounce restricts accessibility to the frame as well as key components of the trampoline, the cost of maintenance if the installation is not done correctly and the additional cost of installation.
How DEEP DO I DIGG?
Before starting, you must know the size of your trampoline and be aware that the opening must be one foot wider than the frame’s outer edge to allow adequate air circulation to keep the bounce. This measurement doesn’t include the area for your retaining wall if you are using one.
Here are two options to place the trampoline to maximise airflow:
- Make sure that the trampoline’s height is equal to what is the deepest pit. The trampoline should be level with the ground. However, this could create a venting issue.
- Ideal: Choose pits slightly lower than the trampoline’s height to allow adequate airflow and a more comfortable bounce. The drawback is that this could be a tripping risk. The safety enclosure that is recommended on the trampoline will make the trampoline visible.
CONSTRUCTING A RETAINING WOOL FOR AN INSIDE TRAMPOLINE
Make sure you have the right measurements before making a permanent wall. It should be a solid wall between the trampoline and the dirt in the pit. A retaining wall made with concrete blocks or stone will go the furthest, helping to prevent dirt from falling into the trampoline or the pit.
A DRAINAGE SYSTEM FOR A TRAMPOLINE IN-GROUND
The water will create rust and other issues when your trampoline pit does not have adequate drainage. The best time to consider drainage when creating your retaining wall. Drainage pipes that are perforated are recommended, and if they are available, let them drain, and do so into a rain gutter or storm drain. Choose a drainage system that is suitable for your yard. The more water that is not standing, the more effective.
Give yourself a little room
A trampoline could weigh more than 100 pounds. Certain trampolines have a weight of over 500 pounds. Imagine lifting the trampoline from the hole due to someone dropping an item like a shoe, toy, or perhaps even your keys for the car! If you’re creating an entire concrete wall to enclose it.
Give yourself enough elbow room that the trampoline can be removed in the event of a fall. Even more important, it will be able to be accessed to allow the trampoline to be easily accessed during inspections for repairs. Make sure to add extra width to the safety enclosure, which is recommended since some poles and nets are installed in the exterior frames.
Venting FOR A TRAMPOLINE IN-GROUND
The main reason for an extremely high jump on a trampoline is the air that oozes out from under the trampoline’s bed (in that sense, the air is displaced). And when it slams back in, it pushes the surface of the jump and the jumper upwards. If the trampoline is in its ground, bounces disrupt and result in unnecessary force impose on the trampoline’s frame and, most importantly, the bodies and joints of the jumpers.
You can try to tackle it using one of these strategies:
- Incorporated Piping
A few people have discovered ways to get more pipes to run far from the trampoline. This requires digging, but it is a good idea. Pipes will require periodic cleaning out of debris; thus, a proper drainage system is vital. Covering the ends of pipes with mesh will remove some debris and will save time.
- The Gap and Fencing
There is a possibility of leaving the moat or gap around the trampoline to allow for airflow. However, this may not be the most suitable option, as it can create a risk of tripping. An alternative to avoid this is to install fencing that is a few feet away from the trampoline to stop those watching from getting body parts stuck between the trampoline’s frame and the wall (which could pose an important issue if you have an inflatable trampoline that is moving frequently.)