When Should I Replace My Hot Tub Cover?

When you decide to bring a hot tub or swim spa into your home, you're making a long-term investment, so maintaining and caring for it is crucial. One vital component of hot tub upkeep is your spa tub cover. But how do you know when it's time to replace it? Let's walk you through it...

Do I need a hot tub cover?

Hot tub lids are not just an accessory; they play a key role in prolonging the life of your spa and reducing your running costs. So why are covers so effective?

  • Insulation: Hot tub thermal covers act as a barrier to keep heat inside your tub. This insulation helps to maintain the water temperature, reducing the need to constantly reheat the water. As a result, your hot tub runs more efficiently, and your energy bills stay low.
  • Protection from the Elements: Spa covers shield your tub from rain, snow, and debris, as well as fading from UV rays. Not only does this keep your hot tub clean, it'll keep it looking newer for longer, by preventing damage from exposure to harsh weather conditions
  • Safety: Hot tub lids also ensure your spa is not accessible to kids or pets without you knowing, giving you peace of mind. 


How long do hot tub covers last?

Hot Tub Cover

Hot tub covers should last between three to four years if cared for and cleaned properly. A hot tub gazebo or garden parasol will not only protect your spa, but your cover as well. Look for a protectant spray and cover protector to keep yours lasting as long as possible. To keep your cover safe while you're using your tub, consider a cover catch, shelf or cover lifter.


When do I know my hot tub cover needs replacing?

While insulated hot tub covers are designed to be durable, they're not indestructible. Over time, wear and tear can take a toll on their effectiveness. Look out for the following signs that indicate it's time to think about replacing your cover:

  • Visible Damage: Cracks, tears, or holes in the hot tub lid can compromise insulation and protection. If you notice any visible damage, it's time to start thinking about a replacement.
  • Waterlogged or Heavy Cover: A well-functioning hot tub cover should be lightweight and easy to lift. If your cover becomes waterlogged or heavy, it's a sign that water has saturated the foam core. This not only reduces insulation, but makes it difficult to open and close the spa cover.
  • Odour: If you notice a strange smell coming from your cover, it’s a sign that mould is growing in your cover. 
  • Fading or Discolouration: UV rays and exposure to the elements can cause the cover's colour to dull, if you start to spot these signs, your jacuzzi cover may no longer be providing optimal protection against the sun's harmful rays.
  • Decreased Insulation: If you notice that your tub needs more energy to maintain water temperature, or that the water cools quickly when the cover is closed, it's an indicator that the insulation on your hot tub winter cover has diminished.


How do I clean my hot tub cover?

Hot Tub in Garden with Cover

If your hot tub cover is salvageable but needs a clean… read on.

Give your hot cover a thorough cleaning every three to four months to prevent it from going brittle. Use cover cleaning sprays and a soft sponge to clear any dirt to prevent any muck from sticking to the residue. If you're short on time, cover cleaning wipes are handy to have around. Rinse with water to ensure the cover is free from products and try to dry it thoroughly.


How do I choose the right hot tub cover?

If it's finally time to replace your spa's cover, make sure you choose the right replacement for your tub. Follow the below tips:

  1. Measure Accurately: Take careful measurements of your hot tub to find a cover that fits perfectly. An ill-fitting cover can compromise insulation and security.
  2. Choose Quality Material: Invest in a high-quality cover made from durable materials that are weather and UV-resistant, vinyl is the most popular fabric for most brands.
  3. Inspect the Insulation: Look for spa covers with a dense core for maximum insulation and minimum energy bills.
  4. Check for Tapered Edges: A cover that tapers at the ends will naturally shed raindrops to prevent the middle from sagging.
  5. Don't Forget the Stitching: Double stitches on the edges will keep your cover lasting for longer.
  6. Think About your Climate: Some hot tub lids are designed to withstand extreme weather, so it's sensible to bear that in mind when browsing models.
  7. Consider Cover Accessories: Keep your hot tub cover secure with straps and locks, cover lifters also make your cover easier to handle. 

At Outdoor Living, we understand the importance of hot tub covers and offer a wide range of replacements designed to provide the best possible fit for your spa. Shop our full range of hot tub covers, from Jacuzzi, to Lay-Z-Spa and more. If you can't find the right thermal cover for your spa, don't worry, we offer a bespoke cover service.


Parting advice

And there you have it; now you know the signs to look out for that your thermal cover needs replacing, so you can continue to enjoy your tub or swim spa for years to come. Regularly assessing the condition of your spa tub cover can save you time and money in the long run. Read more about protecting your hot tub from the elements in our blog.

If you need more advice, just give us a call on 01482 212322 or email enquiries@outdoorlivinghottubs.co.uk. Stay up to date with our latest products, hot tub guides and updates on Facebook or Instagram.

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