Spa Covers Protect Your Hot Tub from a Number of Dreadful Possibilities
The backyard of your dreams is nearly complete. You have decided on your perfect spa and have it customized to your liking. Don’t forget to put a lid on it! It is crucial a hot tub cover accompanies your dream spa on its first day home.
Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Aftermarket Product Manager, Melinda Herber and I had a Q&A session on the important functions of hot tub covers.
A hot tub cover is one of the single most important necessities of a hot tub. Please tell us why.
- As heat from spa water rises, the spa cover insulates against heat loss, which, without a cover would incur additional electrical costs for the homeowner.
- Leaves, dirt and other debris are captured by the cover and prevents them from falling into the water.
- The top of the spa is protected from damage resulting from extreme weather conditions. The cover ensures that hot tub cover skirt is long enough to prevent the spa’s acrylic edge from being exposed to harmful sunlight.
- Children, pets and unwanted animals are inhibited from accessing the spa when not in use. In addition, our hot tub covers meet the safety requirement of ASTM F-1346-91.
What should consumers look out for when shopping for a hot tub cover?
There are plenty of cover manufacturers that will promise a great cover replacement, however, many go in and out of business, so if you want to assure your warranty is intact, make sure the company will be around to honor it should anything happen. Measurements are the key to a good fit. Typically a manufacturer will have the best parts for replacement as they keep engineering drawings for the spas they manufactured. If you are purchasing a spa cover from a non-manufacturer you will be asked for various dimensions. These dimensions will be held to and if you mistakenly give the wrong information to the cover maker, you will get stuck with a cover as they are custom built. The results can be disastrous in that you will have an ill-fitting cover that does not retain heat.
Tell us important facts about our hot tub covers and why you selected them.
We have developed strict specifications for our hot tub covers. We have specific requirements for foam density, vapor barrier bag density, vinyl weight, c-channel support, stitching, thread, skirt length, handle material, zipper material along with a variety of other requirements. Inspecting to these standards will assure you are getting one of the best spa covers in the industry built specifically for your spa.
Anything else you think a consumer should know about hot tub covers?
Hot tub covers need to be cared for just as any outdoor product. Keeping your vinyl cleaned and conditioned will help to extend the life of your cover. As the main ingredient in the encasement is vinyl, please use a high-quality cleaner and conditioner for vinyl that is not petroleum based. Your cover is exposed to air pollutants, acid rain, bird droppings, and strong UV rays. Failure to care for your cover properly can prematurely age your cover.
For more information on spa accessories including hot tub covers, cover lifters, and cover protectant please visit our Jacuzzi Exclusives hot tub accessories page.