Lightweight SwimSpa Cover

Looking for a Lightweight Cover For Your Swim Spa?

The covers that come with a SwimSpa typically have more sections than a standard hot tub cover. Regrettably, it will still get heavy much like a normal spa cover.

With more areas, they will typically fill at various rates so you end up playing musical chairs with the areas you can still lift. Ultimately, you might even stop aiming to use the bar lifters and simply open 2 sections in the center so you can use the spa.

Even with the bar lifters, getting a saturated swimspa cover back up onto the spa can be a battle. If you have a bad back it’s down best dangerous because of the height of the spa.

Obviously you’ll want to change the SwimSpa Cover with something that will be simpler so you can keep using your spa.

The SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers make the removing your SwimSpa Cover as easy as taking a comforter off a bed. Unlike heavy spa covers that need 2 or more people to raise, SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers can be returned on in seconds normally with one hand.

The SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers use Sunbrella Marine Fabric on the outside which is far superior to the typical spa cover vinyls. All vinyls are rated by HOURS outdoors where Sunbrella is rated by YEARS.

So Sunbrella, not only safeguards your swim spa from scorching sun, rain as well as heavy snowfall, however also last longer than other covers. Since they use air chambers instead of rigid foam, the SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers do not break or get heavy with time.

Energy Efficient

Backed by a 3 years warranty on products and craftsmanship, energy efficient SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers make sure a low ownership cost.

Searching for A Customized SwimSpa Cover?

Give them a shout! Their craftsmen with 20 years of experience can make a custom SwimSpa Cover for you.

Top Five SwimSpa Covers :The Honest Truth

Since the invention of the swimspa one of the biggest challenges of owning one is keeping it covered. Regardless of how long you have owned yours replacing the swimspa cover with something that will do the job and still make it easy for you to use can be frustrating. Here is the brutal truth behind each of the top five designs.

We’ll breakdown the facts to help you pick which one makes the most sense for your needs.

The Traditional Folding Cover

These are the covers that typically come with the swimspa when you buy it. Unless you’ve had one before it’s what you expect.

However more and more spa dealers are reporting that although people are buying swimspas the new owners don’t want this type of cover.

The problem is, even with a fancy bar lifter, this cover will end up to heavy to move. Usually within a couple years. It happens slowly as the cover takes on weight and the user has to spend more energy trying to take it off and put it back on. Eventually, it will be the reason they stop using the swimspa as the weight becomes more of a struggle.

If you can still manage to fold the cover over the bar and push it back, the weight of the heavy cover will either rip the cover in half at the seam or rip the bar lifter off the side of your swimspa. So with that experience you’ll come to look for a different kind of swimspa cover.

Another downside to this particular design is that they are made cheaply overseas. With all the latest Covid 19 madness going on the import of this type of cover has virtually stopped. If and when it does begin again the costs are going to be significantly higher. So what was the cheapest option of the designs listed here may not be the case anymore. Dealers are telling people it may be several months before they are able to get these covers back in stock. Turns out, that is wishful thinking on the part of the dealer. They really have no way of knowing when it will be.

At present this may be the cheapest type of swimspa cover. If it’s the design you want to keep using you’ll need to budget for replacing it every other year so that you can keep using your swimspa. You might also want to budget for a gym membership where you can get in shape for lifting weights.

The Rolling Cover

This cover seems the solution to all the problems that the traditional swimspa covers had. It has the ease of use. One person can just roll it up. You can even roll it up while you’re inside the swimspa. Yes, it costs more but hey it’s getting you back into using the swimspa so that’s good. And the dealer says it will be the last swimspa cover you’ll need to buy.

Unfortunately, that isn’t quite true. Most swimspa owners report that these roll up swimspa covers break down within a couple years. The other down side is that they don’t insulate worth a damn. Our opinion is it’s a cool idea but it doesn’t insulate and it doesn’t last so in the end it’s just the next scam that spa dealers use to take your money. Like telling you the reason your foam filled swim spa cover got heavy was it didn’t have a taper. Then they sold you one with a taper and it got heavy too.

Brutal truth on this design is if you really like it you should budget to replace it every three years. Also since it doesn’t insulate the cost of heating you spa is going to go up. Way up. So you might want to take on a second job or start a little side business so you can save up enough. But hey, while it’s working it is easy to use.

The Auto Cover

These swimspa covers are great for safety, but little else. The ease of use is right up there but they don’t even try to claim that they insulate. You’re going to pay a good amount to have them professionally installed and then you’re going to pay a fortune to heat your swimspa.

Rain and debris just accumulate on top of it. Once the load gets to be too much it will either dump it all into the swimspa while it opens or it will just quit working and you’ll be paying someone to come out and fix it. In the end, they’ll tell you that you need a roof over it.

The brutal truth on this cover is, yes it is easy to use, and yes, it typically lasts longer than the first two covers. Does it keep rain and debris out of your spa? No. If you want to keep rain and debris out of your spa and use this type of cover you’ll need to put it inside a building. Does it keep the neighbor kid from accidentally falling into your spa? Yes, but so does putting the spa inside a building or a fenced yard.  You’re going to spend even more money heating your spa water with this type of cover and building a roof over it. But yes, it is easy to use.

 

The Power Cover

The most expensive cover on the market. You’ll pay more for this cover than you did for your swimspa. Maybe even more than you paid for your car. But it does have ease of use in the bag. Push a button and the four pillars of power slowly lift the “garage roof” off the spa. I don’t know about you but when I go out for a swim I enjoy having the sky above me. Swimming with the platform of doom above me doesn’t quite give me the peace of mind I’m looking for.

You’ll pay to have it professionally installed and fixed anytime there is a problem. It does offer a nice flat surface when it’s closed so you can use it as a picnic table or set drinks on it while entertaining if that’s important to you.

It will probably be the last swimspa cover you buy though. Simply because once you’ve paid this much for a cover and had it break down again, and again, you’ll give up using the swimspa. In order to afford this type of cover you’ll need either to win the lottery or have one of your rich relatives die and leave you money.

The SpaCap Cover

The unconventional cover. The SpaCap SwimSpa Cover. This one will more than likely take you a bit to wrap your head around. It’s not flat, so setting food and beverages on it when you entertain won’t work. Ease of use? Well it was designed by a woman with back problems so if you use it like they tell you to it really is like taking a comforter off your bed. Most women report they can move it with one hand.

Here is another plus, it insulates better than any other cover. It can handle a snow load better than any foam filled, or roll away cover. These covers are used at snow lodges and cabins all over the world from the Rockies to the Alps. They tend to last longer and stay lightweight. They come in over sixty different colors.

They can handle the wind better than any other cover. Over the last forty plus years these covers have been through hurricanes and tornados and not even one has ever blown off. Let that sink in for a minute. These swimspa covers are in use all across the country and have survived every major storm over the last 30 years.

The SpaCap SwimSpa Covers are also affordable. They cost a little more than the typical foam filled cover but less than any other of those listed above.

So if you want the most cost effective, energy efficient, easy to use swimspa cover, we would recommend the custom swimspa covers from SpaCap.com.

Lightweight SwimSpa Cover

Looking for a Lightweight Cover For Your Swim Spa?

The covers that come with a SwimSpa typically have more sections than a standard hot tub cover. Regrettably, it will still get heavy much like a normal spa cover.

With more areas, they will typically fill at various rates so you end up playing musical chairs with the areas you can still lift. Ultimately, you might even stop aiming to use the bar lifters and simply open 2 sections in the center so you can use the spa.

Even with the bar lifters, getting a saturated swimspa cover back up onto the spa can be a battle. If you have a bad back it’s down best dangerous because of the height of the spa.

Obviously you’ll want to change the SwimSpa Cover with something that will be simpler so you can keep using your spa.

The SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers make the removing your SwimSpa Cover as easy as taking a comforter off a bed. Unlike heavy spa covers that need 2 or more people to raise, SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers can be returned on in seconds normally with one hand.

The SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers use Sunbrella Marine Fabric on the outside which is far superior to the typical spa cover vinyls. All vinyls are rated by HOURS outdoors where Sunbrella is rated by YEARS.

So Sunbrella, not only safeguards your swim spa from scorching sun, rain as well as heavy snowfall, however also last longer than other covers. Since they use air chambers instead of rigid foam, the SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers do not break or get heavy with time.

Energy Efficient

Backed by a 3 years warranty on products and craftsmanship, energy efficient SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers make sure a low ownership cost.

Searching for A Customized SwimSpa Cover?

Give them a shout! Their craftsmen with 20 years of experience can make a custom SwimSpa Cover for you.

Before You Buy Another SwimSpa Cover!

If you need to replace your swimspa cover this year, there are few important things you should consider. A swimspa cover is your spa’s first line of defense against debris and harsh weather conditions and is the key to saving on energy costs as a well-insulated cover will prevent heat from escaping from the swimspa when it’s not in use.

Here’s what you should know before buying a new swimspa cover.

When to Replace a SwimSpa Cover

A typical foam filled swimspa cover usually needs to be replaced every two to three years.

Look for any rips or tears in the vinyl, check the underside of the cover and look for deterioration from mold build-up and chemicals. A replacement swimspa cover is needed if your old one is heavy and waterlogged and a struggle to remove. This is a clear sign that the foam cores are saturated with water.

CHOOSE SUNBRELLA INSTEAD OF VINYL

All vinyls are rated by HOURS outdoors. Sunbrella is rated by YEARS outdoors. Your new swimspa cover should be covered in Sunbrella that will be more resistant to UV damage, fading and discoloration from the sun than vinyl ever could be. By the way mildew inhibitors in the vinyl will never prevent the build-up of mold that causes those unpleasant odors. The spaces in the foam, and in between the layers of plastic are a near perfect breeding ground for mildew. No amount of cleaning will get rid of it.

IS COVER THICKNESS IS IMPORTANT?

A typical foam filled swimspa cover will be from four to six inches thick. Foam cover dealers like to push thicker covers saying they will stand up better to the elements. But the truth is the thickness has nothing to do with why the cover gets heavy or fails. It’s the steam from the spa. If the cover getting heavy was caused by the weather then a roof over the spa would stop it from getting heavy. Thicker foam would do a better job insulating if it were used in dry conditions. However as soon as it is put in use over a source of steam the insulation value will always go down quickly.

So what’s a better solution? Well it would be better to have the cover lay right on the water since that’s what we are trying to keep warm. Since air is the best insulator, it should use layers of air to insulate. It should have a natural dome shape so wind and weather will flow easily away. The layers of air are the key to keeping heat from escaping from your spa, therefore saving you money on energy costs.

If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow during the winter, a rigid foam cover will always fail under a heavy wet snow load. Whereas an air filled swimspa cover that rests right on the water will be able to withstand a much greater snow load, as well as providing greater insulation.

LOCKING STRAPS FOR SAFETY

Locking straps on a spa cover will not only keep it from blowing off during heavy winds, but they are a good safety feature to have to keep small children and pets from getting into the hot tub when you’re not around.

CHOOSING A COLOR

Choosing the right color for your spa cover is a fun but important decision, as they can enhance and complement your surroundings. Fortunately, Sunbrella is available in about 80 different colors. Instead of choosing between some shade of gray or brown you actually get exactly the color you want. And Sunbrella won’t fade for years. It will still be just as bright ten years after you first put it on your spa.

So before you go out a purchase another foam filled swim spa cover that will just end up like the one you need to replace now, check out the SwimSpa Covers from SpaCap.com.

Endless Pool SwimSpa Covers

Endless Pools SwimSpas have a pretty wide range in terms of sizes, moving from about 1,200 gallons to 2,400 gallons. The larger ones provide plenty of swim area square footage to please big families. You can even customize the lighting and jets!

One of the primary reasons that people purchase swimspas is so that they can swim without having to go to the pool. With the 16” propeller current design, Endless Pools have currents that are much stronger than spas that use jets. The current ends up being a bit wider than your body, allowing you to have clean and defined strokes through bubble-free water. You won’t experience swimspa exercise like this anywhere else.

At SpaCap.com They are ready to help you design a customized swimspa cover to fit your Endless Pool SwimSpa

SpaCap.com has been building custom spa covers for forty years. That’s longer than swimspas have been around! During that time the folks at SpaCap.com have developed a swimspa cover design as unique as your custom swimspa.

Does your swimspa have a waterfall? No problem! Is that old foam cover keeping you from enjoying your swimspa? SpaCap.com has the answer. Plus you can get it to match your backyard decor!

All the SpaCap.com SwimSpa Covers are covered with Marine Grade Sunbrella in all the colors Glen Raven Mills offers.

So if you want a custom swimspa cover to cover your Endless Pool SwimSpa that’s as easy to remove as a comforter from your bed visit SpaCap.com and order yours today!

Getting The Best SwimSpa Cover

SwimSpas represent unique obstacles when it pertains to covering them.
We can all agree that the swim spa needs to be covered when not in use for all the same reasons a hot tub needs a cover. The challenge is that because of the length of the swimspa and the height of the sides, removing and changing the SwimSpa Cover can be a lot harder.
Getting a new swimspa is an amazing event in life. You’re looking forward to the exercise you’ll receive from using it. Possibly you’re a little relieved to have lastly selected from the different models you took a look at. At any rate, you most likely weren’t believing much about the SwimSpa Cover you would use.
Usually, the cover that comes home with your brand-new purchase will be a 4 section rigid foam filled SwimSpa Cover that will divide in the center and go off both ends.
No big deal.
Until it starts to get heavy.
Which it constantly does.
Every rigid foam filled SwimSpa Cover ever made winds up the same way and it is not the fault of the user. It’s a design defect. Integrated in obsolescence due to the fact that as quickly as it is positioned in use over the warm water in your swimspa it is unavoidable.
It’s not from rain, so having a taper will not make any distinction. In fact you might have it under a roof and the SwimSpa Cover will still get heavy.
The factor is the steam from the water. The molecules of steam are really small as they rise from the water surface. They make their way into the little cracks and crevices in the foam.

Then as the steam cools it forms back into a liquid and ends up being trapped in the SwimSpa Cover
It occurs slowly and on a SwimSpa Cover which is made from private areas, at varying speeds. So eventually you’ll notice one or two of the sections are truly getting heavy. The bar lifters on completions of the swim spa aren’t much aid because you still need to lift that heavy Swim Spa Cover back up onto the spa which is a lot higher than a routine spa.
This is why SpaCap.com developed a different style for their Lightweight SwimSpa Covers
Instead of using a number of foam panels that will eventually wind up in some land fill, they designed Lightweight SwimSpa Covers that uses air chambers that do not suck up moisture.
In fact SpaCap.com Lightweight SwimSpa Covers are easy to use, insulate much better, won’t blow away in a wind storm or be damaged by snow or hail.
Covered with Sunbrella Marine material, these Lightweight SwimSpa Covers will not fade, or break down at the joints either. So if you own a swim spa, and you plan to keep using it everyday, SpaCap.com has the SwimSpa Cover for it.
If you’re not prepared to buy today, bookmark this website so you can find it once again when you’re all set!

SwimSpa Cover Hurting Your Back?

SwimSpa Cover Hurting Your Back?

Even if you are physically strong a stiff breeze can capture the big flat surface area and the SwimSpa cover can quickly get away from you. If you use your tub alone or are not physically strong enough to wrestle it off your swimspa, you require to think about a Hot Tub Cover Lift.

Or better yet consider a cover that doesn’t employ rigid foam panels that can become saturated and heavy. The SpaCap SwimSpa cover is lightweight and built to stay that way. Many swimspa owners report that they can remove their SpaCap Lightweight swimspa covers with one hand. No lifter required.

A cover lift is a mechanical device that connects to the swimspa cabinet body or deck and is created to help you remove your swimspa cover. There can be various methods of operation but they all allow a single person to quickly and safely remove the cover from their swimspa. Providing the foam is not saturated. What happens then is the lifter mechanism will either tear the cover in half because the fabric hinge is not meant to handle the weight of saturated foam or worse, the lifter will be torn off the side of the hot tub.

Cover lifts can also serve another function, and that’s of storage while you are utilizing your hot tub. When you remove the top you need to put it somewhere. If you do not have a deck, that frequently means putting it on the ground. Even if you do have a deck, you may not desire a substantial hot tub cover obstructing the method.

Quick and basic, with nothing to wear out – other than for perhaps that costly new hot tub cover you’ve simply purchased. The friction of moving the spa cover back and forth may eventually harm the vinyl covering so this is something you have to enjoy thoroughly.

Or again you could just eliminate the need for a lifter by getting the only kind of cover that uses air instead of foam to insulate. A Lightweight swimspa covers that is as easy to use as taking a fluffy comforter off a bed. Something designed by a single woman so she could use her hot tub by herself. The only Lightweight swimspa coversthat comes in Sunbrella Marine Fabric instead of vinyl. Imagine having a cover thats not only lightweight but that can match your decor. But lets keep going with the whole cover lifter idea.

Another range shops the folded hot tub cover in a vertical position so that it obstructs the view on one side. Make sure that the cover can be locked in the up position so there is no risk it can fall back down, injuring somebody.

Wait did that just say the cover could fall on you while your in the spa? That’s like the opposite of helpful.

A third kind of lift helps you to remove the hot tub cover and holds the folded cover behind the spa. It often takes a little bit more effort to run this kind, and you do have to have about a foot of clearance behind the spa for the cover. But the lower profile removes the concern of a blocked view.

This is also the most common type of cover lifter sold. What anyone can tell you is that it doesn’t help you fold the cover over the first time once it gets heavy. So if the cover is too heavy to lift, it isn’t going to help you at all. And when they say, “It takes a little more effort to operate” it may qualify as the biggest understatement of the year.

One item to research study thoroughly is whether the lift you are considering locations tension on center hinge of your swim spa cover. This hinge is normally not developed to carry the full weight of the cover in a hanging position, and some kind of lifts can place a real pressure on it. Just so there are no surprises it would be wise to ask this concern prior to making your purchase. There are some after market packages that can avoid this problem, however that is at an additional expense. Some lifts are designed to move to weight to the outer edge of the tub and get rid of the tension to the hinge.

Lifts are crafted to fit various spa sizes and the majority of swimspa cover raises can be installed by the homeowner utilizing tools you would usually have around your house.

Cover lifts can likewise serve another function, and that’s of storage while you are using your hot tub. When you eliminate the leading you have to put it someplace. That regularly indicates putting it on the ground if you do not have a deck. Even if you do have a deck, you may not desire a substantial hot tub cover blocking the method.

After investing countless dollars on a hot tub, cover, chemicals, and operation expenses, spending a few hundred dollars more for a cover lift will make your hot tub experience and the pressure on your back much less demanding.

If you utilize your tub alone or are not physically strong enough to battle it off your SwimSpa spa, you need to think about a swimspa cover Lift that won’t get heavy or break. Something like say the SpaCap

The Truth About End2End SwimSpa Covers

End2End SwimSpa Covers -The Truth

We purchased our outdoor swimspa around June of 2019 and it came with the standard styrofoam inner, vinyl outside cover(s) for the tub.  The spa is a 14 x 8 tub so it came with two (each covering one half) of the standard foam/vinyl covers in order to cover the entire top.

These covers or tops are, at very best, heavy and cumbersome, and based on what I’ve read and who I’ve talked to, I don’t believe that these covers are very efficient in maintaining the spa’s temperature or chemical integrity.  Additionally, I have to mention how incredibly difficult these tops are to get off of the tub (not to mention how difficult they are to put back on as well).

Additionally, because of their sheer size, once removed there really isn’t anywhere to store them without being kind of an eyesore laying near the spa somewhere or actually laying against the side of the spa until your done using it.  To “upgrade”, we purchased mechanical metal “cover lifters” for our covers but this product wasn’t very effective in lifting the covers and was also undesirable due to how the covers are positioned at each end of the spa (it blocked our views to both the grilling and garden areas).  (quick side note:  the metal started to rust and looked extremely unsightly just weeks after installed as well).

In any case, looking for a solution to our problems we purchased a relatively new to the market swimspa “roll” cover.  This type of cover not only looked great, but appeared very easy to remove and replace back on the spa.  The one we chose (END2END) was disturbingly expensive but after our experience(s) with the clumsy foam-filled vinyl tops, we took the chance that this new roll top would solve all of our problems.

Of course, it did not.

The first thing we noticed (living in the sunny state of Florida) with this new roll top was that the beautiful grey color of the top quickly began to fade.  Again, although we live in Florida and get lots of sunshine, we weren’t expecting the color of the top to fade anywhere near this fast.  We hadn’t had the top much longer when we began to notice that when it rained, this cover retained water.

The water would just pool on top of the cover (it appeared to collect between the outer fading fabric and the heavy synthetic underside) and would sit there for days or until we lifted the cover at an angle to let it run off.  As time went on the water somehow actually made its way into that synthetic underside (still can’t figure this out as I can’t find any openings in the synthetic underbelly) making it so heavy it was for the most part unmovable.

Another issue with this cover was its susceptibility to mold and in just six months or so we observed several noticeable spots, and not long after that also noticed a small tear at one end.  It’s just my wife and I (no kids) so it’s not like we manhandled or abused the cover in any way.

For us, this END2END SwimSpa cover has simply been a disaster.  Immorally expensive, worse than unsightly, extremely difficult to use and care for, but worst of all, just simply ineffective.  Who knows, maybe we just got a defective product, maybe not.  But based on our experience with this one, we certainly could not justify recommending this item to anyone.

At SpaCap.com they have been in the spa cover business for nearly forty years. They have seen every spa cover design and heard how great this new fad was and the spa dealers always claim that this latest gadget, development or design change would make this “The Last Cover You’ll Need To Buy” but it’s just not true.

Unfortunately, as we talk to customers the experience shared above is just all to common. These roll up swimspa covers tend to only last a couple years at best. These swimspa covers started out being insanely expensive and the cost has almost doubled over the last year most likely due to being built in China.

Meanwhile, at SpaCap.com, every swimspa cover is custom built here in the USA. Every SpaCap is covered in “top of the line” Marine Grade Sunbrella (rated by YEARS outdoors), not canvas or vinyl which is rated by HOURS outdoors. Do our swimspa covers last forever? No. But they do tend to last ten to twelve years if properly used.

Don’t let the swimspa cover be the reason you’re not using your swimspa. If you’re tired of the run around and want to get back to using your swimspa without hurting yourself or dreading the effort of removing and replacing the cover, visit SpaCap.com and check it out for yourself.

SwimSpa Covers for H2X SwimSpas

The H2X by Master Spas were created “with input” from the popular Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, and his coach, Bob Bowman, and the specialist designers of Master Spas.

The company internet site asserts that these are just one of the most energy-efficient swim spas in the market, as a result of the green icynene foam insulation. In their very own words, “Every swim spa is constructed to not just fulfill but to exceed the strict California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency criteria.” They additionally have high density polymer base which keeps away pests as well as helps to keep the heating, manifold pipes which ensures the equivalent spread of pressure in the jets.

They likewise include Noise Reduction, EcoPur as well as Ozone systems. The EcoPur ® System consists of a filter which incorporates a mix of minerals which aid not only the removal of bigger contaminations, yet additionally of the microorganisms as well as heavy metals, causing softer water. The Ozone System eliminates the microorganisms, making the water fresh as well as tidy.

Its Wave Propulsion ™ Technology System supplies you a swimming experience with much less disturbance and the SwimNumber ™ System enables you to set the suitable swimming, training speed according to your needs. Some exercise programs are pre scheduled, so you could pick in between the beginners, intermediate or sophisticated degrees. Again it is offered in a variety of lengths and also configurations consisting of the spa on one end that can be at a different temperature level. The one noticeable distinction is the housing. On the pump end, the one you swim towards, a foot to eighteen inches is used up by the pump functions. Not a big deal but if your buying  SwimSpa Covers for it, you’ll be covering that section too.

One essential factor that could truly dampen your pleasure is trying to lift heavy, SwimSpa Covers off and back onto the swimspa. Standard rigid foam filled SwimSpa Covers will constantly end up saturated with water inside the foam. What you need is a different kind of SwimSpa Covers that will be easy to use and stay lightweight for years. These custom made SwimSpa Covers are available in more than sixty colors of Marine Grade Sunbrella fabric, the best fabric on the planet for outdoor use. Visit SpaCap.com and order one of their Lightweight SwimSpa Covers that are made in the USA and will not get heavy or break

Before You Buy Another SwimSpa Cover!

If you need to replace your swimspa cover this year, there are few important things you should consider. A swimspa cover is your spa’s first line of defense against debris and harsh weather conditions and is the key to saving on energy costs as a well-insulated cover will prevent heat from escaping from the swimspa when it’s not in use.

Here’s what you should know before buying a new swimspa cover.

When to Replace a SwimSpa Cover

A typical foam filled swimspa cover usually needs to be replaced every two to three years.

Look for any rips or tears in the vinyl, check the underside of the cover and look for deterioration from mold build-up and chemicals. A replacement swimspa cover is needed if your old one is heavy and waterlogged and a struggle to remove. This is a clear sign that the foam cores are saturated with water.

CHOOSE SUNBRELLA INSTEAD OF VINYL

All vinyls are rated by HOURS outdoors. Sunbrella is rated by YEARS outdoors. Your new swimspa cover should be covered in Sunbrella that will be more resistant to UV damage, fading and discoloration from the sun than vinyl ever could be. By the way mildew inhibitors in the vinyl will never prevent the build-up of mold that causes those unpleasant odors. The spaces in the foam, and in between the layers of plastic are a near perfect breeding ground for mildew. No amount of cleaning will get rid of it.

IS COVER THICKNESS IS IMPORTANT?

A typical foam filled swimspa cover will be from four to six inches thick. Foam cover dealers like to push thicker covers saying they will stand up better to the elements. But the truth is the thickness has nothing to do with why the cover gets heavy or fails. It’s the steam from the spa. If the cover getting heavy was caused by the weather then a roof over the spa would stop it from getting heavy. Thicker foam would do a better job insulating if it were used in dry conditions. However as soon as it is put in use over a source of steam the insulation value will always go down quickly.

So what’s a better solution? Well it would be better to have the cover lay right on the water since that’s what we are trying to keep warm. Since air is the best insulator, it should use layers of air to insulate. It should have a natural dome shape so wind and weather will flow easily away. The layers of air are the key to keeping heat from escaping from your spa, therefore saving you money on energy costs.

If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow during the winter, a rigid foam cover will always fail under a heavy wet snow load. Whereas an air filled swimspa cover that rests right on the water will be able to withstand a much greater snow load, as well as providing greater insulation.

LOCKING STRAPS FOR SAFETY

Locking straps on a spa cover will not only keep it from blowing off during heavy winds, but they are a good safety feature to have to keep small children and pets from getting into the hot tub when you’re not around.

CHOOSING A COLOR

Choosing the right color for your spa cover is a fun but important decision, as they can enhance and complement your surroundings. Fortunately, Sunbrella is available in about 80 different colors. Instead of choosing between some shade of gray or brown you actually get exactly the color you want. And Sunbrella won’t fade for years. It will still be just as bright ten years after you first put it on your spa.

So before you go out a purchase another foam filled swim spa cover that will just end up like the one you need to replace now, check out the SwimSpa Covers from SpaCap.com.