One of the ultimate methods of relaxing is to recline in a warm, bubbling spa and float into a meditative state of bliss. It’s tempting to purchase your spa and enjoy the results without considering all of the extras that may be necessary. You may ask yourself is a cover/lighting system/sound system really important or can I get away without them? While lighting and sound may be optional extras, the spa cover is one instance where it’s definitely worth the expense.
Benefits of a Spa Cover
Using a spa cover has a number of benefits – ranging from financial and safety concerns to aesthetics. Keeping the spa covered decreases the amount of water lost through evaporation and therefore reduces your water bills as you don’t need to keep topping up the water level. It also prevents heat loss from the spa when not is use and therefore is a saving on electricity costs. The cover keeps the water cleaner as there is less opportunity for dust, dirt or insects to fall into the water which means a healthier environment for spa users. The cover also protects the spa itself from the environmental factors of sun, rain and humidity which can otherwise damage the spa. The inclusion of safety locking mechanisms on the cover means that there is peace of mind for the wellbeing of young children and pets. The use of a cover does not, however, negate the need for safety fencing where required. Finally, the cover is an attractive addition to the spa as it can come in a range of colours and can be coordinated to the body of an above ground spa or the surrounding area making for a neat and clean appearance.
What to look for in a cover
Spa covers in Brisbane can come in a range of sizes, shapes and colours but they should all have certain features for your consideration. The internal element of the cover should be a polystyrene foam core with a kilogram rating of up to 100kgms. This should be encased in a UV resistant, heavy duty, marine grade vinyl which has been heat sealed. This vinyl should be chlorine resistant to prevent possible bleaching of the cover. The seams joining the sections should be double stitched with UV resistant materials and there should be a skirt or lip which comes below the top edge of the spa to minimise heat loss. The two top sections should be joined with aluminium e-channel reinforced hinges and should incorporate a heat lock hinge block. The surface of the cover should taper from the hinge to the lip to allow run off of water in case the spa is not in a sheltered position. For safety concerns, the cover should have not only adjustable reinforced tie downs, but also childproof locking mechanisms to prevent removal of the cover. The number of safety latches can be varied to suit your requirements. Finally, you should always check the warranty details of the cover you are considering purchasing.
That one extra step
A final consideration you may wish to make is the purchase of a spa cover lifter. When there is a concern of the cover being damaged when not in use, or if it may be necessary for one person to attempt to lift the cover, then the use of hydraulic lifter arms could be worth the investment. These arms are made of marine grade stainless steel and fold flush with the side of the spa when not in use. They enable the cover to be folded back and then gently slid into the arms which then position the cover neatly by the side of the spa out of the way. You are now ready to enjoy your well-deserved spa.