What to Look For in a Hot Tub Cover

There are few reasons to enjoy the outdoors in Northeast Ohio and Erie, PA in the late fall and winter; however, this time of the year makes for the perfect time to enjoy your spa. Having a hot tub that is actually hot and ready for you when you want to take a soak, is one of the most important things. When you prepare your hot tub for hot tub season, making sure your cover is ready for the harsh weather ahead is key. Having the right cover is important to your spa’s longevity and your comfort levels, so we are going to review what to look for in a hot tub cover, to ensure your spa is ready for you, when you are for it.

What to Look For in a Hot Tub Cover

There is no set point at which a hot tub cover should be replaced; however, most covers will need to be replaced after 5 to 7 years, with most losing their full effectiveness in 3 to 5 years. There are usually warning signs that it is time to replace your hot tub cover. If these indications are noticed soon enough, they can prevent your spa from losing heat and ensure your water remains at a comfortable temperature all year round and each and every time you open it.

Durability, function and aesthetics are essential factors to consider if you want the best hot tub cover. If you are reading this, you are likely on the market for a new cover, so let’s review some things you should look for in a hot tub cover.

  • High-Density Foam Core: Foam density is the weight of foam per cubic foot and provides insulation to your hot tub. A higher foam density means greater insulation. Experts suggest a density of a 1.5 to 2 pounds, especially if you’re living in a colder climate, like we are in Northeast Ohio and Erie, PA.
  • Weight of the Vinyl Covering: A higher weight per square yard indicates a stronger vinyl. A high-quality hot tub cover is encased with a durable marine-grade vinyl and treated to withstand the sun, rain, snow, dirt, chemicals, UV rays and extreme temperatures that impend the safety of your hot tub.
  • Hinge Heat Seal: Note how the two halves of the hot tub cover meet. The outer edge of each side of the cover hinge should be sealed to prevent heat loss. Preferably, the hinge heat seal should have an R-value of 12 to 13.
  • C-Channel: A galvanized steel bar running the width of the cover helps reinforce it under heavy loads (such as snow). Look for a cover with this. It’s resistant to chemical corrosion, and provides a protection for the foam panels, too.
  • Safety Features: When you look for a hot tub cover, safety should be at the top of your mind, especially if you have children in or around your home. Spa covers come with safety locks, so you should look for a cover with this feature and one that has as many or as few as you like. They can be simple or complex locks, so chose one that is right for your home.
  • Cost is Important (avoid cheap covers): To put it simply, avoid bargain hot tub covers. Inexpensive or cheaply made hot tub covers are more likely to fall apart and can result in a less energy-efficient hot tub. Always be sure to confirm a cover is compatible with your hot tub’s make and model before purchasing.

Is a New Cover Worth it?

Hot tub covers can be one of the most expensive investments you make for your hot tub, so if you are wondering if a new one is really worth it, the answer is “yes”. Your cover is what protects your spa from the elements, keeps chemicals and heat inside, extends the lifespan of your spa, keeps your hot tub safe from unwanted visitors, saves you money on energy costs, and is what ultimately ensures your hot tub is hot.

At Litehouse Pools & Spas, our professionals can help you with your year-round hot tub needs. Whether you are looking to purchase a new hot tub, seeking an insulating spa blanket, in search of a new hot tub cover or lift, or would like year-round hot tub service, Litehouse Pools & Spas can help.

Visit us in person, online, or give us a call today, to allow us to help you enjoy your hot tub all year round.