Replacement Swim Spa Covers: Choosing The Best

The Best Choice in Swim Spa Covers

A swim spa cover is vital for controling energy costs, and to protect the spa from external debris. Traditional spa covers are made with a foam core, and that foam is absorbent. As the foam takes on moisture from seepage and condensation from the heated water rising under a cold closed cover, the cover becomes heavy and difficult to handle. Eventually it will keep you from using your swim spa.

The vinyl material that is typically used to cover a foam core is rated by HOURS which means that when it’s exposed to the sun’s UV rays on a daily basis, it’s going to break down and vulnerable to tearing or being punctured.

The End 2 End Swim Spa Cover is a relative newcomer to the swim spa cover market. It claims to Lock In Heat and Keep Out Moisture. Admittedly it does have some advantages over the traditional multi piece folding foam swim spa covers. Its one-piece design using closed-cell foam instead of the traditional rigid foam panels prevents it from absorbing water, so it stays light and easy to manage. That much is true. The reason closed cell foam has not been used in the traditional rigid swim spa covers is that it isn’t rigid. It would sag without support.

The roll up cover overcomes that by having a support system built into the cover. The down side is that the rigid support holds the thin layer of closed cell foam far above the water it is supposed to be keeping warm. The result is that it creates a constant storm of evaporation/condensation under the cover which causes the swim spa to work harder to keep the water warm.

End 2 End claims to have a UV-resistant coating that keeps it strong against the elements and new-looking for years. Unfortunately, this is not true. Although they charge enough to use a more expensive fabric, like Sunbrella, they use cheap canvas. The canvas material won’t last no matter what they claim. In areas that get a lot of sun it will start to fall apart in about one year.

The roll-on, roll-off design makes it easy for a single person to handle. In fact, this exclusive feature makes it possible to roll the cover off a swim spa in less than 60 seconds. It can be rolled in either direction, making it ideal for dual-temperature swim spas. You can roll back the pool side for your daily swim, and then roll back the spa side for relaxing at night. Aside from being extremely easy to take on an off, it requires minimal overhead clearance and gives full visibility on all sides of the swim spa as compared to traditional covers which can be problematic for applications with height restrictions or if you are trying to enjoy views. Admittedly, this is a great improvement over the traditional swim spa covers. The biggest downside is that despite costing three to four times more than a foam filled cover it doesn’t last. Most consumers report that it falls apart in less than two years.

End 2 End claims that their covers are “Custom made with the highest quality commercial-grade materials, this durable, energy-efficient and lockable safety cover is built to withstand all weather conditions. Its full-frame design makes it able to handle even large loads of snow, and thanks to its UV protected surface, it will not deteriorate from time spent in direct sunlight.” Unfortunately the only part of that statement that is true is that it’s lockable. It will blow off in a mild wind, it will crush or tear apart in a minimal snow load and the UV protection is a total lie.

Made in the U.S.A., the End 2 End Swim Spa Covers are available in a range of colors. But not nearly as many as the SpaCap.com Swim Spa Covers which can be done in any of the over sixty colors of Marine Grade Sunbrella.

So what’s the down side? Although the closed cell foam is an improvement it has to be supported to keep the rain and debris out of the spa. That support will eventually breakdown and usually in less than two years. It will never be able to handle as much of a snow load as the SpaCap Swim Spa Cover which rests right on the water surface.

The UV resistant coating is a code for, “it will handle a sun a little longer than a traditional cover” but not nearly as long as Marine Grade Sunbrella which is used on the SpaCap Swim Spa Cover.

In the end, The SpaCap.com Swim Spa Covers are still the overall best choice. No other swim spa cover starts insulating at the water surface. A huge advantage since the point is to seal in the heat and keep the water warm.

The SpaCap.com covers are all made in the USA and the Sunbrella fabric will last YEARS longer than any other material, no matter what UV resistant coating they use.

When you really want to get the best swim spa cover on the market you’re still better off with the swim spa cover custom made for your spa by SpaCap.com.

Replacement Swim Spa Covers Taking Longer To Get?

Getting the Run Around on Replacement Swim Spa Covers?

Many people have informed us that the places they would have normally gotten their replacement swim spa covers from are either out of business or are just giving them the run around. If they are able to get ahold of someone they are being told it will be SIX MONTHS  or more before they get their new covers.

And then they call SpaCap.com and get the honest, straight truth about the cost and production schedule of their made in the USA swim spa covers.

Much like the movie Forest Gump,  SpaCap.com is likely to end up being the Forest Gump of the Swim Spa Cover industry.

One of the main reasons is those suppliers were relying on inexpensive goods produced overseas. The bottom line was these goods were mass produced, cheaply, made to last a couple years with a large profit margin for the dealers.

SpaCap.com meanwhile was building swim spa covers, made to order, from top of the line goods made in the USA. Their prices were higher but the swim spa covers they produced were made to last YEARS longer and stay lightweight.

Then along came the Corona Virus.

The suppliers that relied on goods produced overseas were caught in the storm. The stock they had on hand was quickly wiped out and the supply chain was cut off.

SpaCap.com just kept on building swim spa covers.

The inexpensive foam filled covers from overseas quickly became more expensive because of higher import fees. The worst hurricane season in years added to shipping challenges and delays. Major US ports became grid locked and the cheap import swim spa cover industry came to a virtual standstill.

The places that would have sold the cheap foam filled swim spa covers from overseas are not sure how much those same products will cost to import if or when things open up again. Some estimates that the cost could increase as much as 180%.

Meanwhile SpaCap.com just keeps on building swim spa covers.

If you were wondering why the foam swim spa covers were taking so long to get and costing so much more than they used to, the reason is simple. Materials from overseas.

Yet, at SpaCap.com they are still plugging away, lining up to be the “last man standing” in swim spa cover manufacturing. Their family owned business never shut down like so many other industries across the country. Yes, their lead time and shipping costs have increased since Amazon has taken over shipping priority across the country but their Made In the USA Swim Spa Covers are still going strong.

If you would like to get a new swim spa cover for your spa before the next decade, and your ready for a lightweight, easy to use swim spa cover, covered in Sunbrella that lasts for YEARS instead of vinyl that is rated by HOURS, visit SpaCap.com.

Replacement Swim Spa Covers: checklist

Replacement Swim Spa Covers – Considerations

If you need to replace your swim spa cover this year, there are few important things you should consider. A swim spa cover is your spa’s first line of defense against debris and harsh weather conditions and is the key to saving on energy costs as a well-insulated cover will prevent heat from escaping from the swim spa when it’s not in use.

Here’s what you should know before buying a new swim spa cover.

When to Replace a Swim Spa Cover

A typical foam filled swim spa cover usually needs to be replaced every two to three years.

Look for any rips or tears in the vinyl, check the underside of the cover and look for deterioration from mold build-up and chemicals. A replacement swim spa cover is needed if your old one is heavy and waterlogged and a struggle to remove. This is a clear sign that the foam cores are saturated with water.

Choose Sunbrella instead of Vinyl

All vinyls are rated by HOURS outdoors. Sunbrella is rated by YEARS outdoors. Your new swim spa cover should be covered in Sunbrella that will be more resistant to UV damage, fading and discoloration from the sun than vinyl ever could be. By the way mildew inhibitors in the vinyl will never prevent the build-up of mold that causes those unpleasant odors. The spaces in the foam, and in between the layers of plastic are a near perfect breeding ground for mildew. No amount of cleaning will get rid of it.

Is Cover Thickness is Important?

A typical foam filled swim spa cover will be from four to six inches thick. Foam cover dealers like to push thicker covers saying they will stand up better to the elements. But the truth is the thickness has nothing to do with why the cover gets heavy or fails. It’s the steam from the spa. If the cover getting heavy was caused by the weather then a roof over the spa would stop it from getting heavy. Thicker foam would do a better job insulating if it were used in dry conditions. However as soon as it is put in use over a source of steam the insulation value will always go down quickly.

So what’s a better solution? Well it would be better to have the cover lay right on the water since that’s what we are trying to keep warm. Since air is the best insulator, it should use layers of air to insulate. It should have a natural dome shape so wind and weather will flow easily away. The layers of air are the key to keeping heat from escaping from your spa, therefore saving you money on energy costs.

If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow during the winter, a rigid foam cover will always fail under a heavy wet snow load. Whereas an air filled swim spa cover that rests right on the water will be able to withstand a much greater snow load, as well as providing greater insulation.

Locking Straps for Safety

Locking straps on a spa cover will not only keep it from blowing off during heavy winds, but they are a good safety feature to have to keep small children and pets from getting into the hot tub when you’re not around.

Choosing a Color

Choosing the right color for your spa cover is a fun but important decision, as they can enhance and complement your surroundings. Fortunately, Sunbrella is available in about 80 different colors. Instead of choosing between some shade of gray or brown you actually get exactly the color you want. And Sunbrella won’t fade for years. It will still be just as bright ten years after you first put it on your spa.

So before you go out a purchase another foam filled swim spa cover that will just end up like the one you need to replace now, check out the Swim Spa Covers from SpaCap.com.