Hot tub covers do so much for your hot tubs and portable spas that you might have never even thought about. If you are in the market to buy hot tub covers, there is so much competition in this industry that it shouldn’t be hard to find cheap hot tub covers. In this section of Hot Tubs and Portable Spas, we’re going to go over hot tub features, what they do for you, and what you shouldn’t do with hot tub covers.
Hot tub covers serve a few vital functions to your hot tubs. If you don’t invest in a hot tub cover, you will see that your hot tubs won’t last as long, the water gets dirty quicker and it won’t retain heat as well. While most hot tub covers will look basically the same, their most important role is to protect outdoor spas water / parts, keep the water sanitizer chemicals from seeping out into the air, keep your kids or animals safe from the hot tub spa and retain your hot tubs heat. Having your hot tubs outfitted with high quality spa covers should accomplish all of these tasks for a big portion of your hot tubs life.
While we don’t recommend doing this, making your own hot tub covers can be done if you are somebody who is really good at making things. This can save you cash and if done right, can be just as good or better than a lot of the cheap spa covers that manufacturers provide when you bought your hot tub spa. This can be accomplished with buying some vinyl material, plywood, glue, foam insulation for heat retention and some fasteners.
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While it might be more worth your time to just go out and buy a whole new hot tub cover, some people actually take pride in doing things themselves (there are still people like this out there, believe it or not). Using vinyl cement for the small tears in the hot tub covers vinyl does a great job at this, and can blend right in virtually unnoticeable to most. Duct tape can be used as a temporary fix, and should be used only temporarily although many of you will probably leave it on long term, or until you decide to finally invest in a new hot tub cover.
If your hot tub cover has become waterlogged like many old ones do, this can be fixed. This requires a little hot tub cover surgery to take the foam insulation out, then remove the insulation and wait for it to fully dry. You should then replace the foam insulation making sure that the cover is fully waterproofed (use very strong tape like Gorilla Glue tape) before using the hot tub cover again.
While this is very easy to do, many neglect to clean their hot tub covers which ends their lives prematurely. This only needs to be done a few times a year, and will keep your hot tub covers looking nice and in working order. All you have to do is grab an old towel with some kind of mild soap solution and wipe the vinyl top of the cover. Remember not to use a detergent, which will dry out your hot tub covers and make them crack which will lead to rips and tears.
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