The backyard of your dreams is nearly complete. You have decided on your perfect spa and have had it installed in just the right spot. Don’t forget to put a lid on it! It is crucial that a hot tub cover accompany your dream spa on its first day home.
Hot tub covers are one of the most important accessories for a hot tub. Here’s why:
The cover insulates against heat loss, which occurs when heat rises from the spa water. Preventing heat loss helps the water heat up faster; without a good cover, the homeowner will incur additional costs as more electricity will be needed to heat the water.
Covers stop leaves, dirt and other debris from falling into the water, which means less cleaning. Covers also protect the top of the spa from damage resulting from extreme weather conditions. The skirt of your hot tub cover should be long enough to prevent the spa’s acrylic edge from being exposed to harmful sunlight and other weather conditions.
Another very important property is that hot tub covers are large and heavy enough to prevent children, pets, and other animals from accessing the spa when it is not in use.
What to look for when shopping for a hot tub cover:
A good fit is the most important part of the cover, and accurate measurements are key. It is easiest to buy a cover from the manufacturer of your hot tub, who will have detailed drawings for the spas they manufacture and can ensure the fit is exact.
If you are purchasing a spa cover from a company other than the original manufacturer, you will be asked for various measurements. These will be followed exactly, so if you mistakenly give the wrong information to the cover maker, you will be stuck with a custom-built cover that does not fit. The results can be disastrous in that you will have an ill-fitting cover that does not retain heat, and that you cannot return.
If your hot tub cover comes with a warranty, ensure the company that makes the cover has a solid reputation and long business history. There are plenty of cover manufacturers who will promise a great cover replacement and then go out of business; it is up to you to make sure the company will be around to honor the warranty.
Important facts about Jacuzzi® Hot Tub covers:
Jacuzzi has developed strict specifications for its hot tub covers that include specific requirements for: foam density, vapor barrier bag density, vinyl weight, c-channel support, stitching, thread, skirt length, handle material and zipper material, along with a variety of other requirements. These standards ensure you are getting one of the best hot tub covers and cover lifters in the industry, built specifically for your spa.
Our vinyl covers can be customized in many colors, and on select models we offer an optional upgrade to ProLast™ cover, which is made with superior marine-grade material that is 25-percent lighter and boasts greater durability. In addition, our hot tub covers meet the safety requirements of ASTM F-1346-91, the internationally recognized safety standards for pools and spas.
Caring for your hot tub cover:
Hot tub covers need to be cared for just like any outdoor product. Keeping them cleaned and conditioned will help extend the life of your cover. For vinyl covers, use a high-quality cleaner and conditioner for vinyl that is not petroleum based. For ProLast™ covers, use mild soap and soft nylon brush. Your cover is exposed to air pollutants, acid rain, bird droppings and strong UV rays. Failure to maintain your hot tub cover properly can prematurely age your cover.
For more information on spa accessories including hot tub covers, hot tub cover lifters and cover protectant, please visit our hot tub accessories page.