Safety pads are a main component of a trampoline. A trampoline pad is vital in classifying a trampoline as safe. Not only do safety pads provide a safe jumping experience by protecting jumpers from getting pinched by springs or bruised by the frame, the pad also extends the lifespan of the trampoline springs by protecting them from harsh weather. Some trampoline owners believe that a pad is not an important part of a trampoline and allow jumpers to play on a trampoline with no trampoline pad, however, this belief is false. Any trampoline that does not have a pad installed on it, should be considered a safety hazard.
When shopping for a new pad trampoline owners should examine the price and quality of a variety of pads. The quality of a pad is important in determining the life span of the pad and also the level of protection it provides. Most standard trampoline pads are 12 inches wide. These pads provide the standard level of protection. There are some trampoline safety pads which are 15 inches wide. These wider pads are appealing because they are designed to actually help protect the perimeter stitching of the trampoline mat. The perimeter stitching of a trampoline mat is most prone to deterioration by UV rays, so ultimately a wider pad contributes to extending the lifespan of your trampoline mat.
Trampoline owners should not purchase a safety pad that does not have at least a 1 inch thick foam. While this is a thick foam it is needed to guarantee that pinching is always prevented. Also, the thicker foam allows the pad to withstand impact and hold its shape over time. Another area regarding foam which should be considered is the type of foam used. Trampoline owners should avoid any pads using open cell foam. Only closed cell foam prevents water from being absorbed. It is important that the foam does not absorb water, to avoid mildew and weakening the foam.
Another factor to consider when purchasing a safety pad is the type of material the outer cover is manufactured from. Most pads are composed of PVC vinyl, however there are some that are manufactured with polyethylene material. Trampoline owners should avoid purchasing trampoline pads composed of polyethylene material. Though they are usually less expensive than PVC vinyl pads, polyethylene is not a UV resistant fabric causing the pad to quickly deteriorate. PVC is an UV resistant fabric that is designed to withstand UV rays for as long as possible. The thickness of PVC vinyl is determined in terms of ounces. The higher the number of ounces the more durable the vinyl is. For example, 22 ounce vinyl is thicker and more durable than 18 oz vinyl.
The warranty of the safety pad should also be considered when purchasing a pad. Usually a customer can determine how strongly a company feels about the quality of their product based on the product warranty. For a pad an average warranty is 30 – 60 days. If a customer finds a pad with a 1-year warranty, which is usually a sign that the company believes the pad is a very high quality pad. A 1-year warranty on a pad would be considered an extended warranty in the trampoline industry.
Considering all of the factors previously mentioned may seem overwhelming for a simple trampoline safety pad, but just as in any other purchase in life, the more informed you are as a buyer, the likelihood of making the best purchase possible is greatly increased. You will save money by purchasing a good quality pad, because you will not have to buy replacements as often. Be sure to keep your jumpers safe by having a good trampoline safety pad!