…or trampoline jumping bed, different name for same thing.
Trampoline mat is part of trampoline which is only in direct contact with jumper. That is why proper and regular control and inspection of trampoline mat is required and recommended. If trampoline mat gets teared it can be life threatening danger for whoever is using it. My advice is to check trampoline mat once per week or even more if kids are involved. If you find that your trampoline mat is scratched, is losing its stitching, has a hole, or it is cut – immediately stop using it and get it fixed before further use. Under any circumstances do not use trampoline mat on which you found irregularities before fixing it!
You can get it repaired, but if you don`t have service shop nearby, postal expenses will probably be too high. In that case you should buy a new one. It will be easier.
Almost all trampoline mats are made from polypropylene mesh, which is a highly durable woven fabric of incredible elasticity and endurance. It is strong and durable fabrics with heavy duty stitching made to withstand longest possible period of usage.
Trampoline mats are usually waterproof, but still can be damaged by natural elements. If it rains over trampoline make sure to dry mat before the sun comes out. The water can focus the sun rays to cause more damage to the mat. It is always a good idea to keep the mat dry, in case an unaware jumper wants to go for a jump!
Most mats made for outdoor use also have UV resistant properties because the biggest enemy of trampoline mat is sun. That`s why it is recommended to keep trampoline in shady places or to buy trampoline covers.
Depends how much it is used, trampoline mats are usually first to wear out. Properly maintaining trampoline and it`s parts will give the best possible sense of satisfaction for the jumper and trampoline owner.
Classification of trampoline mats!
By shape we can classify them on – round mats, rectangular, oval, octagonal and square mats.
Mostly round and rectangular trampoline mats are used. Round trampolines for recreational purposes while rectangular for professional purposes, mostly by gymnasts. Difference in the bounce is caused by difference in the stitching techniques – round trampolines mats are stitched, and in rectangular over-layed. Over-layed trampoline mat produces higher bounce for jumper and it`s mostly used by professional gymnasts.
Also, there are two different versions of trampoline mats based on usage – home or professional jumping mats. Of course, those two can`t even be compared, nor by price nor by quality.
The mat of a competitive pro trampoline is approximately 14×7 ft. in size and made from a strong woven fabric, usually nylon. Web sizes range from 6x6mm to 25x25mm. The width of the fabric band and size of the gaps between the weave affects the performance of the mat, the thinnest providing the largest jumping depth and rebound. The bounce on quality mat is softer, higher and safer.
Rectangular mats give the best bounce possible, and offer the most room to do tricks. So have this in mind if you`ll find yourself in position of buying new trampoline. Some trampoline mats are personalized with colored fabric being woven in to the standard black mat, providing customization of mats intended for home use…
Time to buy a new mat!
After a while all mats need a replacement, even the highest quality ones. First steps in choosing trampoline replacement mat is measuring your current mat. Measuring your current mat doesn’t have to be complicated; it just needs a steady hand, a bit of patience, and easy method of doing it.
Square and rectangular mats are the easiest to measure. Simply record the width and the length from one edge of the mat to the other. Round mats are a little bit more complicated because you must measure the diameter. Place the tape measure at one edge of the mat where the circle is the widest. Always check if you got it wright, measuring your trampoline mats several times before you order a replacement.
To summarize, quality of trampoline mats can highly improve your jumping experience and it will feel like you bought a new trampoline. But as always, best trampoline mats will cost couple of times more than regular trampoline mats. As this is the only part of trampoline constantly in direct touch with your feet it is always better to give a bit more and get a lot in return.
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