How to Determine if It’s Time to Buy a New Hot Tub Cover
Replacing a hot tub cover will depend on a number of variables. And although every hot tub cover has a lifespan, there’s really no fixed rule when it comes to replacement. In most cases, a hot tub cover will get water-saturated over time – it will get heavy and the seams will start to come apart. In colder climates, hot tub covers tend to sag after many winters of excessive snow or ice. For the typical hot tub owner, the signs of deterioration will be noticeable, and the time to replace will become obvious.
When a hot tub cover becomes water-saturated, it quickly loses its capacity to insulate effectively. And when the hot tub cover begins to sag, the corners tend to lift, allowing for valuable heat to escape. Both of these scenarios result in wasted energy and excessive utility bills – in short, the efficacy of the cover is compromised. It’s time to replace the hot tub cover, to shop around for the latest advancements, and to correct any failings that may have been evident during the last years of usage.
A reputable hot tub dealer will encourage customers to look at actual hot tub covers as a first step. Here, it’s important to check the thickness of the hot tub cover, the composition of the vinyl material, and the workmanship in the stitching. Indeed, a good sales rep will be able to explain the upsides and downsides of thicker hot tub covers, and which option would best suit the customer’s needs. The better dealers aren’t interested in a quick sale – they want to establish long-standing relations.
Another feature to look for when buying a new hot tub cover is “foam density”. High foam density will provide better insulation value, along with better durability. However, for the most part, insulating value is less significant than durability, especially in regions with heavy snowfall. Depending on the need, it may good to buy a hot tub cover with aluminum backing, which adds strength the center of the hot tub cover. Once again, a good dealer will elaborate on this feature and the benefits.
Every manufacturer will have product features that are worth considering when buying a new hot tub cover. For example, foam sealers (to fill and insulate gaps) are a worthwhile option, as are vapor barriers, which slow down water-saturation and extend cover life. All of these features are best studied in a dealer showroom where hot tub models and accessories are on display. And while Internet shopping is good for comparing, nothing compares with a real-life experience in a showroom.
When it comes time to purchase a new hot tub cover, dealing with a reliable supplier is the best approach. For the professionals at Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs, it’s essential that customers make the right decision in terms of product choice and product features. Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs specializes in high quality covers, installation services where required, and customer service that will handle any problems that may ensue. For the customer, it makes for stress free shopping and buying.