There are different types of hot tub cover/supplies that you need in order to maintain the quality and efficiency of your tubs. One of these is hot tub covers. And although it may seem that all hot tub covers are the same – with the same purpose and raw materials, you still need to do some research to ensure that you are buying the right product that is most suitable for your hot tub. Similarly with everything else that you are purchasing, there are certain factors that you would need to consider before buying a hot tub cover.
Raw materials that make a hot tub cover
Generally, all hot tub covers consist of solid foam cores that are covered by a plastic case and sealed tightly. This is to ensure that the solid foam core will not make contact with water from the tub and accidentally absorb it. The outermost layer is covered in vinyl in such a way that the center is tapered in height. This helps prevent accumulation of water on the cover when it rains and your tub is situated outside in your yard. Aside from these, there are other materials used to create a hot tub cover to allow for additional features and functions.
1. More about the foam core
According to many experts in hot tub covers, the foam cover is the foundation of a hot tub cover. Considering this, manufacturers have developed hot covers that vary in the number of pieces of foam placed in the core. Aside from making it stronger and more efficient, the number of pieces of foam in the cover creates varying density and weight measures which affect the energy efficiency of the cover.
A hot tub cover needs to be strong enough to hold heavy objects such as accumulated water, dirt and debris which are inevitable especially if you place your hot tub outdoors. The density of the foam core is what helps the cover be strong and efficient enough to withstand the weight of accumulated water, dirt and debris. On the other hand, most hot tub covers are not able t o hold the weight of a person or large pets or animals walking on them.
2. Steep taper
The taper is what prevents quick accumulation of water and debris on top of the cover. It works similarly to your roof. As with your roof, the steeper the taper, the better it will be able to shed water and debris from the cover. The ideal height of a hot tub cover’s taper should be at least 2 inches from the center to the edge. Any less than this will cause problems and require you to spend more time cleaning the top of your hot tub cover.
3. Sealed and wrapped
Another important characteristic of the best hot tub cover is the tightly and securely sealed casing of the foam cover. Most manufacturers use a plastic case, particularly poly wrapper which is known for its tight seal. It is important that water from the tub will not seep through the plastic casing through the foam core and the vinyl outer covering. When this happens, the cover becomes too heavy with all the water that it has absorbed. As a result, you will have difficulty removing the cover.
In addition to this, water absorption of the foam cover will negatively impact proper insulation offered by the hot tub cover and your hot tub will end up using more electricity to maintain the right water temperature and you will end up with increased utility bills every month. To ensure the underlying foam cover is tightly sealed with a secure casing, buy hot tub covers from local suppliers of hot tub covers. Elko Spas Billiards & Pools can help you find the best hot tub cover for your outdoor spa.
4. Hot tub cover hinged areas
Another area where heat from your hot tub may escape is through the hinged areas of your hot tub cover. Check these areas and verify whether or not they are equal and proportioned. Otherwise, you will have to ensure that the cover has a mechanism in place to handle heat loss from the hinged area. Do not hesitate to inquire and discuss this with the seller or manufacturer of the hot tub cover.
5. Additional important features of the outer vinyl covering
Aside from being strong enough and resistant to tears and splits, the outer vinyl covering should also prevent mildew from developing. It should be highly resistant to UV rays as this can easily cause your hot tub cover to fade. Many hot tub covers available on the market today come in a variety of colors and designs for those homeowners who would like to complement their tub covers with the color and design of their house or backyard entertainment area.
Other important features of the outer vinyl covering include number of the stitches. Note that the more stitches, the better and sturdier the cover will be. It should also have an insulated skirt which is necessary to effectively cover the lip and seal of your hot tub.
A feature that is important and highly beneficial to owners of hot tubs living with small children and pets are the built-in safety locks. This ensures small hands will not be able to easily uncover and play with the tub and it also helps keep the cover in place when there are strong winds.
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4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
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