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.
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:
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.
Fibreglass trampolines have gained some popularity in recent years, but are they better than spring trampolines? The answer is no. Here’s why:
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.
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:
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.
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:
Preventing rust is simple:
Over time, if you notice rust buildup on your frame, you can treat it with salt and lime:
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.
This infographic shows that overall, spring mounted trampolines are a better option for your home.
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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.