Tips For In-Ground Trampoline Installation

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.

Why Choose an In-Ground Trampoline?

Safety First:

One of the primary reasons people opt for in-ground trampolines is safety. With the trampoline level with the ground, there’s a reduced risk of falling from a height. The risk of tripping or falling on and off the trampoline is minimized.

Enhanced Aesthetics:

In-ground trampolines blend seamlessly into your outdoor space. They don’t obstruct views or create a bulky eyesore in your yard. Instead, they provide a clean and unobtrusive look that complements your landscaping.

Easy Access:

Since in-ground trampolines are level with the ground, they’re easily accessible for users of all ages. There’s no need for ladders or steps to climb onto the trampoline, making it ideal for children and adults alike.

Longevity:

In-ground trampolines are often more durable than their above-ground counterparts. With proper installation and maintenance, they can withstand the elements and provide years of enjoyment for your family.

Installation Process: How Does It Work?

Excavation: The first step in installing an in-ground trampoline is to dig a hole of the appropriate size and depth. This typically involves using heavy machinery such as a backhoe or excavator.

Leveling: Once the hole is dug, the area must be carefully leveled to ensure the trampoline sits flush with the ground. This may require additional soil or gravel to achieve the desired level.

Framework: The trampoline frame is assembled and installed within the hole. This frame supports the trampoline mat and springs.

Safety Measures: Installing a retaining wall or safety barrier around the perimeter of the trampoline can further enhance safety by preventing accidents and containing any stray bounces.

Finishing Touches: Once the framework is in place, the trampoline mat and springs are installed, and any necessary adjustments are made to ensure proper tension and alignment.

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 on an over-ground trampoline. FALSE! While the jumper is located closer to the ground. If a safety enclosure is not installed, they could fall off a great distance. Sometimes, they are at least six feet high up and land on the hard ground, frequently hitting the surfaces of a retaining wall.

Furthermore, to provide proper drainage and ventilation, there is there is usually an additional space between 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 are required to ensure your family’s safety every time they take a step on or off. After the trampoline has been set in 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 be erected 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), you’ll be able to determine how rainwater, 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 are properly installed, 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 safely exit the trampoline. 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 essential to using an outdoor trampoline.

Tips to build your IN-GROUND TRAMPOLINE

An inground installation can hide this highly noticeable outdoor playground equipment. However, take a look at what we’ve talked about so far: dampened bounce restricts accessibility to the frame and critical 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 use one.

Here are two options to place the trampoline to maximize airflow:

  • Make sure that the trampoline’s height is equal to what is the most bottomless 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 recommended on the trampoline will make the trampoline visible.

CONSTRUCTING A RETAINING WOOL FOR AN INSIDE TRAMPOLINE

Make sure you have the correct 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

When your trampoline pit does not have adequate drainage, water will create rust and other issues. The best time to consider drainage is when creating your retaining wall. Perforated drainage pipes are recommended, and if they are available, let them drain 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. Sure, trampolines weigh 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 to remove the trampoline 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 a high jump on a trampoline is the air that oozes out from under the trampoline’s bed (in that sense, the air is displaced).

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 imposed 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 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 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 a significant issue if you have an inflatable trampoline that is moving frequently).

Conclusion

In-ground trampolines offer a safe, stylish, and enjoyable way to bounce and play in your backyard. By following proper installation and maintenance guidelines, you can ensure years of fun and excitement for your family and friends. So why wait? Install an in-ground trampoline today and let the bouncing begin.

FAQs

1. Are in-ground trampolines safe for children?

Yes, in-ground trampolines are safe for children. Being level with the ground reduces the risk of falls, and additional safety features like retaining walls enhance safety.

2. Can I install an in-ground trampoline myself?

While possible, it’s best to hire a professional for installation. They have the expertise and tools for proper setup, ensuring safety and performance.

3. How long do in-ground trampolines last?

With proper maintenance, in-ground trampolines can last for many years. Factors such as material quality and climate affect lifespan, but regular inspections and care can extend longevity.

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