Easing your Skovish spa into a new season always includes a few moments of discovery. Realizing how good it feels to slip into warm caress of a dozen jets is indescribable; finding your cover needs replacing taps into a whole different arsenal of choice words.
Take a deep breath; it’s not the end of the world. For starters, we have two outlets – one in Luzerne and the other in Shickshinny – where you can go for advice and needed equipment. You’ll find we truly are only a phone call away.
And if you think you can hold off for another year, take this into consideration. Good spa covers can cut evaporation and water waste by 95 percent, for starters. It also insulates the water from the cool nights, cutting back on your energy costs. A good seal keeps contaminants away, again saving you money on maintenance chemicals.
Here’s how to find the right spa covers for your backyard spa:
- First, how do you know when your spa cover needs to be replaced? What does it look like? Is it worn and torn? That’s a good indication. So is a cover that feels unusually heavy; that means it has been soaking up water.
- Consider your spa’s location. What is the climate in your neck of the woods? Cool nights call for a more protective cover. Is your hot tub enclosed, protected from the elements, or inside the house? All of these factor into your decision. Measure your spa so that you get the right shape and size. Also, keep your budget in mind. You’ll face many options; go with the one that brings you the most return on your investment.
- One must: a solid-cell polystyrene foam core, a tapered two-pound core up to five inches thick if you’re putting it out in our Pennsylvania weather. (Stay away from the re-grind core, an affordable but absorbent variety that can’t stand up to rain and snowfall in the winter months.) Next look for a good vapor cover, a 6-mil transparent cover that keeps your core dry, and a jacket of 28-ounce marine grade vinyl. Finally, ask if the cover’s C channels, the metal hardware inserted into the foam core, is 20-gauge galvanized steel, a far better choice than aluminum or PVC. And if lifting a heavy cover is a concern, you might want to invest in a cover lifter as well.
- A final note: The spa cover is only as durable as its maintenance allows. In addition to keeping it in great shape for a very long time hire a pool maintenance company to help you with a maintenance plan.
For more information regarding spas and or spa covers please feel free to contact Skovish Pools and Spas. One of our spa technicians will be happy to assist you. You may reach us by phone at 1–866–SKOVISH or use our contact form.