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How To Buy A Bounce House For Your Home
Bounce House Buying Guide
Bounce Houses have emerged as safe, fun alternatives to trampolines, and have become a party tradition. From inflatable fun centers, to backyard rentals, to the garage, bounce houses are popping up like mushrooms! In the past, renting was the only option, but bounce houses made of special materials have become affordable for home use. First and foremost, you need to choose the Bounce House that’s right for your family. This Bounce House 101 Buying guide shows you how inflatable bouncers and water parks work, and what to look for when purchasing an inflatable.
How do Bounce Houses Work?
Most quality Inflatable Bouncers and Water Parks fall under the category of Continuous Airflow. This means that an air blower continuously pumps air into the Bounce House or Water Park while the inflatable is in use (If you want to blow it up by mouth, you're in the wrong place!). Air escapes through the seams and the porous materials. You will hear air "breathing" out of the inflatable, or even see bubbles in water slides and water parks. This is perfectly normal, and not cause for concern. Beware of cheap knock offs. There have been a number of recalls due to low-cost knock offs that either split due to improper materials, or have fans that break apart during use. Blowers require power in order to inflate the bouncer, and must be used in areas that have power readily accessible. If you don't have power for your bouncing party, you will need a generator to run the blower.
Within the continuous airflow category, are two primary types of inflatables: Commercial Grade inflatables ( http://www.bouncersdirect.com/Commercial_Grade_Bounce_Houses_s/40.htm ) and Residential Grade inflatables ( http://www.bouncersdirect.com/Bounce_Houses_s/21.htm ) , which we will discuss, but this article is primarily focused on residential grade inflatables.
Types of Inflatables
Residential inflatables use woven oxford cloth as the primary material. This cloth makes them much lighter, weighing in at as little as 30 lbs, and starting as low as $200. Because of the lighter weight, residential inflatables are much easier to set up, take down and transport. Residential bounce houses can be used for years, if properly cared-for. These inflatables are not recommended for commercial use, or rental.
The most important criteria with oxford bouncers are stitching, material quality and weave. Steer clear of bouncers that are not double stitched with commercial stitching. Also, be careful with materials, and only buy from reputable companies. Cheaper materials may not have the proper pvc coating, or may not be balanced weave, making them weaker and prone tun splitting in one direction.
Commercial Inflatables are made of PVC tarpaulin material, and are designed for continuous use scenarios. These Bounce Houses, Slides and Water Parks are commonly used by rental businesses, churches and rec centers, day cares, etc. While commercial inflatables can be used for home-use, they are expensive, commonly starting at over $1,000 and running as high as $20,000. Additionally, they are very heavy, typically weighing well over 150 lbs for small units.
Bounce House Features
There are tons of different styles and themes for bounce houses, but they all boil down to a few main features.
• Bounce Floors! If you're buying a bounce house, this will be the most important feature. Make sure you get a bounce house that has a floor big enough to house all your kids, and strong enough for your intended use. The Superstar Party Moonwalk ( http://www.bouncersdirect.com/Superstar_Inflatable_Party_Moonwalk_p/inf-superstar.htm )has tons of room for big bouncing parties. The Play Palace ( http://www.bouncersdirect.com/Play_Palace_Bounce_House_p/inf-playpalace.htm ) has a commercial grade floor for heavier and older kids.
• Slides! The second most common feature of inflatables are slides. Many bouncers have slides there for aesthetic or safety purposes only. To get a slide big enough for kids to actually slide down, you'll need something at least a few feet tall. See the Misty Kingdom Bounce House ( http://www.bouncersdirect.com/Misty_Kingdom_Bounce_House_Water_Park_p/inf-mistykingdom.htm ).
• Water! Inflatable water toys and water slides are continuously winning awards. They keep kids cool and occupied during warm times. The Crocodile Isle ( http://www.bouncersdirect.com/Crocodile_Isle_Inflatable_Water_Park_and_Slide_p/crocodile%20isle%20water%20park.htm ) is an awesome water park. The manufacturer Blast Zone also has items like the Rainforest Rapids Amusement Park ( http://www.bouncersdirect.com/Rainforest_Rapids_Bounce_House_Water_Park_p/inf-rrap.htm ) that can be used as water parks, or used dry. Bounce houses can be used year-round. Water-only items will get you 6-9 months use a year.
• Climbing Walls & Obstacles! Kids like to climb almost as much as they like to bounce. Some items will have more interactive features like climbing walls. The Sport Center ( http://www.bouncersdirect.com/Sport_Center_Bounce_House_and_Obstacle_Course_p/inf-sportcenter.htm ) has a climbing wall and a basketball hoop.
One you’ve found the Inflatable at the right price, from the right company, with the right features, buy it! Happy bouncing, and good luck!
Taken from http://www.bouncersdirect.com , Official home page of Blast Zone Bounce Houses.
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