Similarly, a spa cover manufacturer's warranty covers original
defects in materials, but will not apply to damage caused by abuse,
accidents, neglect or normal wear-and-tear. We've put together the
information that you need for proper maintenance to get the most life
out of your spa cover.
Protecting the Foam Core
Spa covers have a core of polystyrene, which can be broken
if abused. Never allow children to jump or play on a cover, which can
cause breakage of the core. Grit from shoes or bare feet can also mar
the vinyl covering, causing premature failure. Avoid placing sharp
objects on the cover, which can cause punctures to the core liner,
permitting water penetration and absorption by the foam core.
Animal claw scratches or chewing can have the same result, so try to
keep pets away.
Avoid placing glass or other objects on the cover which can create excessive heat from the magnified effects of sunlight. This heat can actually cause the foam core to melt, and is not covered by the warranty.
The insulating core is sheathed in clear
plastic to prevent water from being absorbed into the insulation.
Condensation and rainwater seepage between
the outer vinyl
skin and the clear liner of the foam core is normal. All spa
covers should have weep holes in their undersides to allow this
water to drain out.
Dealing with Water Intrusion
Although a few water droplets inside the clear plastic liner
which protects the foam core are not a major concern, a large accumulation of liquid water needs attention. The cause is normally a
vapor barrier puncture or a break in the plastic seam around the perimeter,
which is easy to fix yourself. (A heavy,
saturated foam core is a different matter, indicative of an old
spa cover that needs replacement).
If you suspect that your cover core liner contains a lot of
liquid water and it has a zippered vinyl jacket, open the zipper
and carefully remove the form core for inspection. Look for punctures
or openings around the perimeter seal. Even a small hole can let
in a lot of water over time.
Patching Holes in Clear Core Liner
After locating the hole or holes, it is important to drain as much
of the accumulated water out of the clear plastic liner as possible,
to prevent it from eventually getting absorbed by the foam core. If
you can't get
the water out via the entry hole, it can be quickly drained out by very
carefully cutting a small slit in the plastic liner near one of the
corners. Set the core on edge so that the water flows down and out of the
slit. Don't expect to get out every last drop-- if you get most of it
out, you'll be in good shape.
Tie Down Straps & Broken Latches
Tie down straps are there for one purpose: to secure the cover
to the spa. To avoid ripping the straps, never use them to carry
or remove the cover. Another common cause of ripped straps is
failure to unlatch all of the locks before attempting to lift the
cover off of the hot tub. This type of damage is not covered by
any spa cover warranty.
Broken cover locks/latches can and should be replaced. It's easy with our Sure-Lock replacement set of four with mounting screws.
Avoiding Vinyl, Seam, & Stitching Damage
- A high quality Spa
Cover Lifter can reduce stress on seams.
- Use handles only for gentle opening or closing of the
- Handles are not intended for carrying or removal
of the cover from the hot tub.
- Do not lift cover by the skirting. This stresses
and can rip the bottom seams.
- Never drag a cover across the ground, especially
- Never place glass objects on a spa cover. The glass can magnify sunlight and melt the vinyl.
- Maintain proper water balance and pH.
- Excessive bromine, chlorine, or shock can
- Use a floating Spa
Blanket to protect cover from excess evaporative chemicals &
- Use of Alternative
Sanitizer systems can prolong spa cover life expectancy
- Carefully secure all latches when hot tub is not
in use, to prevent wind damage.
A single cubic foot of freshly-fallen dry snow weighs about 30 pounds! Doing the math, an 8' x 8' spa cover with
just 3 inches of accumulation is
supporting nearly 500 extra pounds-- even more with wet snow or ice.
Hot tub cover manufacturer's warranties do not cover snow or other
So if it snows where you live, you can help prevent breakage of the
spa cover's foam core by carefully removing excess accumulation during
Sometimes a hot tub cover which has been weight-stressed will
develop water puddles due to sagging. Some cheap covers (and many
older ones) were not designed with a tapered core for proper water
runoff, which exacerbates the problem.
If you get a small puddle on your cover, unzip the vinyl covering,
carefully remove the foam core, and flip it over. Flipping sometimes
corrects this issue (at least temporarily) if not too severe.
NOTE: Extreme cases are warped and waterlogged-- too far gone. These
require replacement for safety and energy conservation.
If your old cover is waterlogged, it's time for
replacement. Be sure to buy a well-crafted one.
Think of a new cover as an investment,
not an expense.
Spa Covers Europe's covers are not the
cheapest on the market, but you get what you pay
for: a long-lasting, energy-efficient,
custom-made cover of the highest quality. See our Cover
Replacement Guide for more information.