Trampoline Installations

Rectangle Inground Trampoline vs Above Ground: Which is Better?

When it comes to trampolines, there are options to choose in shape, size, brand, price and even installation. In this article we’ll cover the basics for you to decide whether in-ground or above ground is right for your family.

Choosing between above ground and in-ground trampolines is a decision that comes down to personal preference, as well as a consideration of cost, safety, space requirements and maintenance.

Above ground trampolines require less installation effort but still need to be secured into the ground with stakes or ropes. They are usually more affordable than in-ground models and can easily be moved from one location to another. The downside is that they take up more room in your backyard and the jumping surface will often be lower than an in-ground model. For those who want a trampoline for serious use, this could mean sacrificing some performance capabilities.

In-ground trampolines are more expensive initially due to the installation required. The trampoline must be placed in a hole and with braced walls to ensure it is secure. This type of trampoline can also provide a higher jumping surface than an above ground model, and generally offers more performance capabilities for athletes. However, it's worth noting that this type of trampoline would require more maintenance and could potentially present other issues due to its depth below the surface.

Choosing between an above-ground or in-ground trampoline comes down to personal preference and the consideration of the factors listed above.


For above ground trampolines, the main issue is that these need more regular upkeep than their in-ground counterparts due to their exposed nature. This means that you will need to inspect your trampoline regularly for any damage or wear and tear – particularly after bad weather or large jumps by multiple people – as well as checking for rust on the frame and joints, tears in the mat and netting, etc. If there are any problems with your trampoline, then you will need to repair them immediately.

In-ground trampolines, on the other hand, require less regular maintenance due to their sheltered nature and can often be left for longer periods of time without any repairs needed. That being said, it is still important to check your trampoline every few months if you can as there may be hidden damage that could pose a risk to users. It’s also important to keep the area around the trampoline clean and tidy and make sure there are no hazards such as stones or tree roots that could affect safety when jumping.

At the end of the day, both above ground and in-ground trampolines will need some kind of maintenance – even if it’s just regular visual inspections. However, the maintenance required for above ground trampolines can be more frequent and more extensive than that of in-ground trampolines due to their exposed nature. As such, those looking for a trampoline that requires minimal upkeep should opt for an in-ground model.

Overall, it’s important to understand the differences between above ground and in-ground trampolines before investing so you can make sure you are fully equipped to carry out any necessary maintenance throughout its life. With regular inspection and repair where needed, your trampoline will stay safe and functional for years to come!


Another main factor to consider when you are deciding between an above ground trampoline and an in-ground trampoline is cost. Above ground trampolines can range from as little as a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, while in-ground trampolines tend to be more expensive, ranging from a few thousand dollars up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Above ground trampolines offer convenience for those who want a trampoline but don't have the yard space or budget for an in-ground model. They typically come in smaller sizes than their in-ground counterparts, which makes them ideal for small backyards or decks. Additionally, they require much less installation work since all you have to do is assemble the frame and attach it to the ground.

In-ground trampolines, on the other hand, are pricier upfront but may end up being a longer term investment due to their durability and extra features. They come in larger sizes which make them great for playing lots of games or entertaining several people at once. In addition, they can be customized with accessories such as safety nets, ladders, lighting systems and more.

Whether you choose an above ground or in-ground trampoline will depend on your space constraints, budget, and intended use. Above ground trampolines are the most budget-friendly option for those who don't have a lot of space or money to spend, while in-ground models provide more features and can last longer if properly maintained. Whichever type of trampoline you choose, make sure you always use caution when jumping. Contact TrampolinesInGround today for help with your Long Island trampoline purchase and install. 

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