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Spring Vs Springless Trampolines: Which is Better?

Springless trampolines use materials like bungee cord and fibreglass to try and reduce the costs of manufacturing trampolines, but at what price? In this article, we look at the pros and cons of steel spring and springless trampolines. Which are safer? Which last longer? Which give you more bounce? Find the answers to each of these questions below.

1. Are steel trampoline springs safe?

Some customers might look to springless trampolines as a safer option than trampolines with springs. Historically, there have been some well-publicised issues with people falling on the springs and injuring themselves, and while these are rare, it has been known to happen. However, these injuries generally occur under the following conditions:

  • Poorly built trampolines that don’t have high-grade protective coverings.
  • Protective coverings haven’t been attached.

With a quality-made steel spring trampoline, the potential for damage is mitigated. Protective coverings and superior build quality ensure safer bounce sessions.
For example, Oz Trampolines Pinnacle series trampolines use heavy duty, 30 cm thick PVC protection pads that are UV treated for maximum outdoor lastability. In fact, all of our spring trampolines come with high quality protective padding to prevent damage and make bouncing better and safer every day.

2. Are fibreglass rod trampolines better than spring trampolines?

Fibreglass trampolines have gained some popularity in recent years, but are they better than spring trampolines? The answer is no. Here’s why:

  • Poor bounce: Unlike steel spring trampolines, springless fibreglass rods require a high degree of force to generate a good return bounce. For kids especially, that means the trampoline isn’t going to give you much fun.
  • Shattering and splinters: Fibreglass rod trampolines also pose health risks. As they degrade in the outdoor weather, they might shatter and splinter. Small fragments of fibreglass can end up in your mat and, like small shards of glass, cause damage to your skin.

You simply don’t want a fibreglass rod snapping when someone is bouncing on the trampoline. Shards of fibreglass can seriously damage onlookers, and the damaged support structure means the bouncer could potentially be flung from the mat as well. With galvanised steel springs, you don’t need to worry about shattering, making spring trampolines the superior choice over fibreglass rods.

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3. Are bungee cord trampolines better than spring trampolines?

Bungee cords are among the most popular choices for trampolines manufactured without springs. While they might seem better at face value, there’s a number of pitfalls that come with the average bungee cord trampoline:

  • Fixed to the mat: In most cases, you can’t actually detach the cords from the mat. That means if and when a cord breaks, you can’t easily replace the component.
  • Poor protection from the elements: Another con to using bungee cord style trampolines is they simply don’t last out in the sun. Australia’s harsh UV conditions will degrade the bungee cords, turning them brittle and making them less safe to use.
  • Short lifespan: Fast eroding components and an inability to easily replace them means bungee cord trampolines are a poor investment if you’re looking for years of quality outdoor fun.

Are bungee cord trampolines a suitable replacement for a spring trampoline? Compared to UV resistant soared galvanized steel found in Oz Trampolines springs, there’s really no contest, steel springs win every time.

4. How to prevent rust build up on your trampoline

For customers looking for longevity out of their trampolines (and who isn’t), a springless system might seem like a better alternative at first glance, after all, less metal, less rust.
However, as you’re about to discover, galvanised steel is superior to other materials used in trampoline support. That’s because:

  • Galvanised steel uses weather-resistant materials to prevent rust.
  • Steel construction provides superior bounce.
  • Steel is better at withstanding UV sunlight than other materials.

Preventing rust is simple:

  • Use a galvanised frame.
  • Cover your trampoline or store it away when not in use.
  • Keep away from pools and sprinters.
  • Use water repellent to keep moisture away.

Over time, if you notice rust buildup on your frame, you can treat it with salt and lime:

  1. Mark the rust spots using electrical tape
  2. Combine juice from two limes and half a cup of salt in a bowl or empty can
  3. Apply directly to rust spots and let stand for 3 hours
  4. Remove excess with an old toothbrush
  5. Rinse with water and dry with a towel

Always make sure your trampoline uses galvanised steel springs. For example, Oz Trampolines In-ground trampolines use extra galvanised 100 gsm springs to prevent rust. So not only is your trampoline rust proof, but you also get a better bounce thanks to the precision manufactured springs.

5. Pros and cons of spring and springless trampolines

This infographic shows that overall, spring mounted trampolines are a better option for your home.
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The future of trampoline technology

At Oz Trampolines we’re always excited about what the future holds for trampolines. We’re at the forefront of design and manufacturing processes, which is why we use galvanised steel springs in all our trampoline systems. For both in-ground and above ground trampolines, there’s really no better material to ensure a great bounce for years to come. Browse our awesome range of trampolines today. With free delivery Australia-wide, you’re bound to find the trampoline that’s right for you.

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