Ahhh, hot tubs. They are useful in so many ways: relieving stress, soothing aches and pains, warming you up in the winter, and even cooling you off in the summer. To keep your hot tub in optimal condition and running as efficiently as possible, it’s important to know when you need a spa cover replacement.
Am I Ready for Spa Cover Replacement?
On average, your hot tub cover should be replaced about every 5-7 years, but this will vary depending on your climate and maintenance routines. Some good indicators that your spa cover has been compromised and needs replacing are:
- Failed stitching/seams ripping
- Bowing in the center, also known as “cupping,” when water starts to pool
- Cracking vinyl
- Cover is heavier as the foam gets saturated with water
- Increase in energy bills
What Should I Look for in a Spa Cover?
When it comes to spa cover replacement, don’t try to save money by buying an inexpensive one. This will cost you much more in the long run, and you’ll be replacing it again in no time.
When choosing your hot tub cover replacement, closely examine these details:
- Thickness of the vinyl
- Total thickness of the cover
- Quality of stitching
- Density of the foam
Do I Need a Full Foam Sealer?
Considered an extra, full foam sealer is really quite important to the integrity and insulating properties of your spa cover replacement. Average covers have an air gap between the center foam, and while that does work as insulation, it’s not as efficient as a cover completely filled with foam.
Full foam sealers also have an aluminum backing that adds strength (very important if you’re in an area that gets a lot of snow or are worried about small children or pets climbing on the cover) and a vapor barrier that resists water and keeps the cover from getting saturated.
How Can I Extend the Life of My Hot Tub Cover?
If you are diligent about caring for your hot tub cover, you can extend its life and put off spa cover replacement for a time. Some easy steps you can take include:
- Do not leave items on the cover, particularly heavy items.
- Remove snow using a broom or car brush. Do not use a shovel or a roof rake, as this can tear the vinyl.
- Keep the cover secured with the clips to keep it from shifting or being blown off by high winds.
- If you don’t have a lifter, remove the cover using the handles ONLY.
- After a shock treatment, leave the cover off for a minimum of 30 minutes, as the chemicals can corrode the cover.
- Clean your cover regularly using a spray with a UV protectant. Do not use bleach or other corrosive cleansers.
Do I Need a Cover Lifter?
Besides just the sheer convenience of having a cover lifter, it’s also an important measure that can help extend the life of your cover by keeping it off the ground when the hot tub is in use. The handle prevents undue stress on the cover because it eliminates the chance of removing it improperly.
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