Whether your HOA is upset about your existing above-ground trampoline or you’re just looking to make your yard a little more aesthetically pleasing, an in-ground trampoline is a great solution. That said, many parents who already have a normal, above-ground trampoline might be tempted to simply sink it into the ground themselves.
Unfortunately, this is not a good idea. Not only can sinking a normal trampoline into the ground cost you more money than purchasing an in-ground trampoline would, it can also be dangerous. Below are just some of the reasons why you should never bury a regular trampoline in your yard:
- They require much more digging. Because of the length of the legs, people who find themselves attempting to sink an above-ground trampoline are also going to find themselves doing a whole lot of digging. According to Capital Play, above-ground trampolines need a hole that’s 40% deeper than an in-ground trampoline would.
They increase the risk of serious injury.
Burying an above-ground trampoline doesn’t mean it’s as safe as a purpose-built, in-ground trampoline would be. Because you have to dig a significantly deeper hole and you won’t have the benefit of the retaining wall that comes in in-ground trampoline kits, there is a very real possibility that soil will begin to fall down and fill the hole over time. If your child is bouncing and hits the dirt that’s fallen down underneath the trampoline, they could sustain a sprain or broken bone.
They aren’t made to be underground.
The metal used in above-ground trampolines is designed to be exposed to light and wind, not to be buried in a warm, moist, underground environment. Prolonged exposure to moisture and a lack of airflow can cause an above-ground trampoline frame to rust rather quickly when it’s buried underground.
They are prone to edge collapse.
Without proper drainage and retaining wall, there’s no way to prevent the soil underneath your trampoline from shifting over time. This can cause one side of your trampoline to sink over time. It also increases the risk that a bouncer will jump too hard and cause the trampoline to tilt suddenly, throwing them off in the process.
So you see, by the time you take the necessary precautions and pay for additional digging materials, soil removal, and the materials needed to build a retaining wall and drainage system, you will have almost certainly exceeded the cost of a new, in-ground trampoline.
Keep your kids safe by going with a trampoline that was built to be used in the ground. Check out Trampoline Superstore’s inventory of in-ground trampolines, nets, and covers, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding installation
- They are prone to edge collapse.
- They aren’t made to be underground.