When is it time to replace a hot tub cover?
Knowing when it time to replace your hot tub cover is essential to saving in electrical costs. Inefficient hot tub covers cost you money in operational costs. The outdoor elements such as snow load, falling debris and UV are all factors in the deterioration of your hot tub cover. In most cases the hot tub cover will last from 3-5 years. Using a product such as our Dazzle Cover Cleanse will certainly aid in getting you closer to that 5 year mark.
Hot Tub covers over time begin to break down and absorb water. The heavier the cover the more water it is taking on. As the cover ages, the plastic vapour barrier wrap around the foam will begin to deteriorate and the foam will begin to absorb water. This creates havoc on you, trying to lift the cover, as well as the cover lifter and inevitably the cover itself. Also if your cover begins to ‘cup’ you have lost the seal that helps to keep the heat in the tub and you will then be paying additional electrical costs trying to heat the water.
What to look for when buying a new cover
So now that it’s time to replace the hot tub cover, what do you look for? Knowing what cover to purchase can be tricky as there are usually numerous retailers (and online retailers) that sell them, usually at very different price points.
Items to be aware of when beginning to look for a new cover are
- how thick is the vinyl
- how thick is the cover
- is the cover tapered
- how is it stitched
When it comes to thickness, the thicker the cover, the better it will insulate. Thicker covers are also heavier, and will tend to put added stress on the seam, If you have a lifter that the cover hangs on at the fold you may want to consider a different style lifter. I like the lifters that slide under the tub thereby not screwing into the cabinet and having the screw holes etc. left behind if you change lifters or they break over time. The lifters that go underneath the hot tub and the weight of the tub holds the lifter in place. They will also allow you to move the lifter if you relocate the hot tub.
Another option to consider when buying a hot tub cover is the ‘foam density’. The higher the density of the foam, the better the insulating value of the foam, and the stronger the cover will be. This is great in our geographic area as we experience heavy snowfalls. Covers are generally offered with a foam density between 1-2lbs, with one being the standard for most retailers, and 2lb being an option.
What we offer as our standard cover is what those online stores offer as options. Beware of what you are buying online. We have found that the vinyl is cheap, there is often no support in the seam, no vapour barrier or very thin at best and if you are not satisfied with your cover, you have to pay to ship it back.
We measure your cover AND we will deliver it to you at no extra charge.
Tips on how to extend the life of your hot tub cover.
- Keep the cover clipped in to prevent it being potentially carried off and damaged by high winds. This will also help to form a better seal, reducing the amount of heat loss, and increasing the energy efficiency of the hot tub.
- Leave your cover fully open for at least 30 minutes after shocking your hot tub. After you shock the hot tub, strong chemical vapours are released that can harm the underside of the cover, and increase the rate at which the vapour barrier deteriorates.
- Also use the handles when opening the cover
- Remove any heavy loads of snow or ice in the winter. When removing snow off of a cover do not use a shovel. A broom or snow brush work well
- Clean your cover using our Cover Cleanse product. This aids is minimizing the damage done by UV as well as protects the stitching.
- As with any part of the hot tub, make sure that you properly balance the water to ensure that you get the longest possible life out of your cover. Acidic water can stretch out the fabric of the underside of the cover, and consistently high levels of chlorine or bromine can degrade the fabric and foam.