Should you leave an inflatable paddle board inflated?
Should You Leave an Inflatable Paddle Board Inflated?
Many people wonder if it’s all right to leave an inflatable paddle board inflated instead of deflating every time you use it. It’s a fair question because many other inflatable items, including swimming pool floats and air mattresses, can harm if left inflated for long periods.
Should You Leave an Inflatable Paddle Board Inflated?
It’s okay to leave an inflatable paddle board inflated, but the elements have to be stored out, and as it naturally gets out of the air pressure when it sits, it sometimes has to be “stop off,” and air pressure checked each time before using it.
One of the advantages of an inflatable paddleboard is that it can be deflated and packed away. However, if you don’t travel across the country, you can leave it to full size. Read all on how your paddleboard should be cared for.
Leaving a paddleboard inflated
You can keep your inflatable paddleboard inflated entirely secure when you don’t feel like deflating completely and storing it every time you use it. However, you can take some precautions if you leave it inflated to ensure that it is not damaged:
- Paddleboards should be stored indoors, either within the house or entirely shielded from elements in a warehouse location. Leaving your inflated paddle board outside can lead to weather damage.
- Inflated paddleboards should be stored in places where temperature fluctuations such as freezing temperatures or high heat are not extreme. The air contraction and expansion inside the paddle will lead to excess wear.
- Inflated paddle boards, from direct sunlight, should be kept in the shade. The plastic in the paddleboard is left in direct sunlight, making it more likely to crack or pierce, and can also lead to unnatural fading.
You often have to deflate the paddleboard.
Even if you decide to leave your board inflated most of the time, it sometimes needs to be flattened so that the plastic is not under constant pressure or stress. This will increase your paddle board’s overall life and reduce wear and tear.
Often you think it more comfortable to roll up and stack your inflated paddleboard:
When you prepare to travel on an airplane with your paddleboard and need to check it in your luggage, your paddleboard will deflate so that it fits in.
You will want to deflate it if you do not have a safe place to store it that is temperature-stable and shielded from elements so that changes in temperature or exposure do not impact it.
If you board for the season (such as in the winter months) and don’t board it again for a few months, you could deflate it to avoid problems or damage potentials. Read our winter storage ideas and tips for more.
If you have little room, you want your paddleboard to deflate frequently. This is, after all, the significant advantage of using an inflatable paddleboard.
In hot weather, it is also essential to slightly deflate your paddleboard. Heat expands air, so if your paddleboard is wholly inflated and the weather is hot, it can easily over-pressure. This form of excess pressure can lead to blowouts and perforations.
There is no physical evidence for deflation of a paddleboard, and paddleboards can be left inflated for months. That is how companies that rent them out for recreational purposes usually store them and leave a paddleboard inflated in the majority of cases, not harmed when it is carefully stored.
It is essential to be mindful that when your paddleboard deflates and rolls up, it should be left rolling loosely rather than rolling tightly. The paddleboard should be packed as small as possible. However, it can be hurt by filling it too tightly.
However, with a little thought and focus, inflatable paddle boards can be left for months at a time without risking their condition. A paddleboard is primarily deflated and rolled up when transported for travel.
Inflatable paddleboards are more durable than you thought.
When people think of water inflatables, they usually think of inflatable swimming pool toys and floats. However, the plastic in paddle boards is not the same plastic used in paddle floats. Instead, inflatable paddle boards use inflatable materials on a military level.
This is not the sort of plastic used in your backyard swimming pool. These are the types of inflatable plastics that are used in whitewater rafts to sharp rocks.
That means you can not harm your inflatable paddle board easily, mainly if it is left inflated. You should take steps to ensure that your board remains in good shape, particularly if you pack it away.
How to prepare your deflated storage paddleboard
Though their shape and the materials used to make it difficult to hurt, inflatable paddles should also be taken care of to avoid being scratched or dirty. You want them to remain nice too because they last a long time.
Your inflatable paddle board will stay in good shape for years with some primary care. Here are a few steps to keep your board clean and robust:
Rinse the whole paddleboard with clean running water after usage to remove loose dirt, mud, or debris. Use a soft-brown brush to scrub it clean and rinse if debris falls into the plastic’s texture on your board or in the seams.
It is essential to thoroughly rinse your paddleboard with fresh water after using saltwater since the saltwater is corrosive and will eventually endanger the board’s plastic when leftover for more extended periods.
You are using your paddleboard with a biologically degradable cleaner. Any dish soap or soap in the bathroom is finished.
Rinse it thoroughly again and make sure all the cleaner’s traces are left after soaping your paddleboard.
Dry your paddleboard with a towel before you put it off. This is particularly important if you intend to pack the paddleboard away without placing it in the water for an extended time. If it is left wet, mold growth will increase, and the seams will weaken.
How to deflate your inflatable paddleboard
If you leave your paddleboard inflated repeatedly, it will eventually suffer some minor damage, as well as natural wear and tear. Dings, scrapes, and scuffs are common and will occur no matter how well you look after your paddleboard.
Take the following steps to deflate your paddleboard and protect it against environmental damage:
Press the valve pin down to the left and turn a fifth. The valve is then fixed in pin position.
When locked down, air automatically leaves the board, and the board deflates. For an air compressor, the compressor tube can be inverted so that the board is deflated more quickly and fully deflated for tighter storage.
Roll the board up to the tail from the nose. It’s tenting to roll it as tightly as possible. However, be careful not to roll it too tightly — when it is flattened, it may place undue pressure on the board’s seams and plastic and cause flaws after reinflating it.
The valve pin is placed in place once the paddleboard has been fully deflated (manually or via an air pump). This prevents air from entering the board again.
Remove the middle fin.
Hold your board with the belt of the paddleboard that should have been there. Place it on the inside with the deck pad and the outer ends. This helps to maintain the deck pad.
Store paddleboards fully dry to avoid mold, mildew, or seam weakness.
The majority of electric pumps have a large deflate option.
If you use this to preserve your deflated paddleboard appropriately, you can avoid wearing and tear and keeping it as brand new as possible. It is easy to get used to leaking a paddleboard in storage, but this is because there is a lot of additional wear and tear.
It is not careful every time, especially at seasonal height if you use your paddleboard regularly, but adds to the board’s life to deflate it and store it when not in use. This reduces the strain on the plastic and helps prevent it from collapsing.
If you do something on your paddleboards, it is more likely to be something in your storage shed than something in the water, so if you store them when inflating, be careful not to keep them near something which might unintentionally poke a hole.
If you intend to leave the board inflated, you want to make sure that you understand how to proceed with it correctly. For all our inflatables, I prefer an electric pump. This is incredibly helpful with a lot of toys or multiple iSUPs. Our guidance on the use of an electric pump includes a few guidelines. You may also use them to deflate an iSUP.
So if you intend to ride regularly, following the above advice, you should feel relaxed having it inflated. And as it’s already bloated, get out, stay safe and have fun!