Time to buy a new spa cover

LA area hot tub cover that needs replacingFrom now through March, it is spa and hot tub season.  Spa owners use their spa the most. It's also when you start to notice that the spa cover leaks steam here and therel.

The vinyl skin can become damaged over time, and the typical life of a good quality hot tub cover is about 5 years.

If your vinyl skin is wearing out too soon from sun exposure, then you would definitely want to take extra precautions to protect the vinyl skin.  Or get a new cover.

Chemicals

Chemicals beneath the spa cover, from your spa water, can be harsh to spa cover materials. Low pH or high sanitizer level, or shocking the spa and then closing the cover – all can lead to a slow deterioration of seams and vinyl.

Chemicals on the top of your spa cover can also be harmful to the vinyl. Spills of spa chemicals, or using harsh cleaners or the wrong kind of conditioner (like Armor-All), can dry out the vinyl and cause it to shrink, which eventually leads to splits in the fabric.

Sun

UV rays from the sun gives life through photosynthesis, but they also degrade most surfaces, even with UV inhibitors added to our 30 oz. marine grade vinyl used on our spa covers. Especially in sun drenched areas of the country, and especially if your spa has very little shade to shield it from the sun, UV rays can damage your spa cover. To keep marine vinyl soft, pliable and resistant to UV rays, protect your spa cover once or twice per year, with spa cover conditioner. Don't use automotive products (i.e. Armor All), which are not meant for outdoor surfaces.
Wind

El Niño is coming again later this year, which can mean higher wind speeds and more frequent storms. A strong wind can flip up a spa cover and a really strong wind can send it flying across the backyard. This usually results in major damage to hot tub covers, most commonly cracking the foam cores. Protect your spa cover from winds by always latching your spa cover clips, and if your spa is in a location susceptible to high winds, invest in a pair of spa cover wind straps, aka hurricane straps for spa covers. Perhaps a larger danger than the wind itself, are large tree branches that are thrown down onto a spa cover.

Animals

Bears have been known to be attracted to a scent found in some spa cover foam panels, but this is a rare occurrence. Most wild animals will not chew or scratch a spa cover. Indeed, most damage comes from large dogs. The warmth of the spa beneath the cover is what seems to attract dogs and cats. A small pet probably won't do any damage, but a 50 lb dog could weaken and damage your foam panels and reinforcement channel.

Party animals can be just as damaging to spa covers. Kids especially, and perhaps some adults, think the spa looks like a stage, and perfect for practicing their American Idol auditions. Keep all 'animals' off of your spa cover – a lot of weight is an enemy that attacks suddenly, destroying a spa cover in seconds.


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