Is your spa cover costing you money?

Is your spa cover costing you money?

"Best estimates are that up to 70% of heat can escape through a poor quality, damaged or old spa cover."

Not to mention that a good sealing cover keeps out dust and debris which will help keep your water clear and reduce chemical usage.

How do you know if you need a new spa cover?

Until recent times the foam cores which make up the rigid internal structure of spa covers and provide the insulation were wrapped in plastic and the joins were taped but not sealed. The problem with this is that over time the steam would condense and form droplets and then slowly saturate the insulating foam cores.We all know water is a poor insulator and once your spa cover becomes water logged it became a great conductor of heat.

"If your spa cover has gained weight like a sumo wrestler since it was new and you struggle to lift it then you can be fairly certain that it is waterlogged and it is time for a new cover."

Other ways your spa cover can become damaged:

Spa covers not secured correctly with all spa cover clips locked down. In this case, a gust of wind can get under the spa cover and apply too much pressure to the spa cover straps securing the spa cover to the cabinet and cause a tear of the stitching or broken clips.

The spa cover has been lifted without the locks being unlocked. This will cause the stitching to tear at either the handle, or the securing strap.

The spa cover is being lifted off the spa using the side flaps on the cover. You must only lift the cover using the handles provided.

Spa covers are dragged on the ground or damaged by pets.

How do you choose a replacement spa cover?

First it is best to source your spa cover from a reputable company that has a wide selection of spa covers. You can be assured that they sell enough covers that they will use materials that will last. What looks like a really great deal now may look more expensive in twelve months time.

Spa cover prices: Good quality spa covers under 2.4m will cost you between $450 and $750 and you should be cautious of anything below that because sub standard materials are most likely being used. Swim Spa covers will cost more.

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A list of things to look for in spa cover construction when shopping for a spa cover:

  • U.V. resistant marine grade vinyl outer
  • Rugged U.V. resistant stitching
  • Chlorine resistant p.e. plastic on the underside to eliminate bleaching
  • High strength polystyrene foam sheets sealed in heavy duty heat sealed plastic to stop water logging.
  • Internal foam centre reinforced with aluminium channel for added strength.
  • 90mm to 60mm internal foam core taper to prevent surface ponding
  • Reinforced central hinge for years of service
  • Heat lock hinge block the full length of the hinge to stop heat loss at hinge
  • Internally reinforced handles
  • Reinforced adjustable tie downs
  • New locking latches and buckles

How do you make sure you get the correct spa cover?

Spa manufactures often change their models between years and at times during years. This can be subtle changes to complete design changes which impact the size and shape of the spa.

Because of this it is always good to measure your spa and send those measurements to whomever you order your cover from.

You can download our handy free spa cover measurement and instruction guide as well as read the instructions below:

Step 1: Measure the length of each side of your spa cover

Step 2: Measure the radius of each corner



Step 3: Measure the Spa Cover Lip

Step 4: Measure spa cover latch location



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Spa cover maintenance tips to make your spa cover last longer:

Rinse with cool water using a garden hose.

Spray with a gentle cleaner (such as car wash)and wipe clean. Never use laundry detergent, abrasives, bleach, alcohols, dish soaps or harsh cleaners. These products can actually remove some of the topcoat and cause premature vinyl failure.

Tree sap can be removed by rubbing with a little vegetable oil or margarine.

For stubborn dirt, use a non-abrasive sponge or cloth

Rinse again thoroughly with water and allow to dry.

Repeat monthly, or as needed.

Applying UV Protectant: (303 Protectant)

1. After cleaning cover, spray a light coating of UV Protectant on top and cover apron.

2. Spread evenly with a damp cloth.

3. Repeat procedure on underside of your cover. This will help prevent the formation of mildew.

4. Repeat monthly in summer... every 3 to 4 months the rest of the year.

Is your spa cover in good shape? How do you care for it. Let us know below.

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