What to Look for When Shopping for Spa or Hot Tub Covers.
With so many online options available, it is much easier to shop for spa and hot tub covers today. In order to ensure that you get the right cover for your needs, it is wise to do some research on the basic unit components and specific features to look for. The 3 basic components of spa or hot tub covers are the foam core, the vinyl covering and the foam core heat seal.
Foam Core: The foam core is one of the most important components of your spa or hot tub cover. The foam core is designed to provide insulation for the cover, as well as reinforce it for strength. Most spa and hot tub covers use a standard EPS foam core which is gauged at a 1.5 pound density. However, there are other covers which are available in the 2-pound density, and which will provide you with added insulation and durability. These are normally used to cover the larger spa and hot tub units.
Vinyl Covering: A good vinyl cover will effectively withstand the harmful effects from exposure to the elements such as sun, snow, rain and ice, as well as contact with chemicals. Opt for a spa cover which will also withstand the harmful effects of UV rays, while deterring mold growth. Choose one that is constructed with at least 25-ounce durable marine grade vinyl and treated to resist the impact of UV rays, mildew, mold and chlorine. Keep in mind that the bottom section of the cover will be in contact with sanitizers in the water.
Heat Seal: A good heat seal helps make your spa or hot tub covers even more energy efficient. The heat seal protects your foam core from taking on water. If you can purchase a double heat seal, it’s worth an extra fee for a two ply, continuous heat seal. The R-value rating is also important to consider as an indication of how efficient the cover is. Look for a spa cover with an R-value rating of 12 to 13.
When choosing the right spa or hot tub cover, you will also want to check that it has safety features in keeping with ASTM standards. Check that the cover is labeled as a safety cover and has reinforced tie-down straps and comes with locking hardware with keys. This will help prevent children and pets from getting into the hot tub unsupervised.
When shopping online for your spa or hot tub covers, check the manufacturer warranty to ensure that you do not accidentally void it. Also look into options for having the warranty extended. Before you buy your spa or hot tub cover, you should also check the repair and return policies. This way, should anything happen, you will be able to easily return the product for an exchange or repairs.