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5 Warning Signs That You Need A New Hot Tub Cover

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A hot tub cover is meant to make your ownership experience as enjoyable as possible by providing an energy and heat saving piece of equipment that’s easy to take on and off at your leisure. But what happens when the cover gets old, and the once easy to lift cover gets heavy? Or when the cover cracks, tears, gets worn, or sags? These are all problematic symptoms that may be telling you it’s time to replace your hot tub cover.

The purpose of a cover is to maintain the heat within your hot tub, which will save you from filling the tub with water as it won’t evaporate, and energy as you won’t have to constantly reheat it. As covers are exposed to years of wear and tear, they begin to lose sag and lose the seal that helps to maintain the heat and water within the tub, making your hot tub experience less enjoyable and costing you money.

keep your eye out for these signs:

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The Vinyl

Look for vinyl that is dry, brittle, dirty, torn or cracked. These are all indications that the cleanliness of the water, heat retention, and the look of the cover may all be compromised.



straps & locks

If one of the straps or locks on the cover is missing, broken or are not in proper working order you should consider a new cover, or at the very least getting the piece fixed right away. Always take the time to ensure your cover is correctly secured after each use as it provides peace of mind, and will ensure your cover is on properly.

The Vinyl - Hot Tub Cover Replacement Blog

The Vinyl - Hot Tub Cover Replacement Blog

foam core

Examine your cover to see if it’s sagging, heavy, or if it puddles. These could be signals that the foam core
interior of your cover is broken, or that it has absorbed a lot of water. A sagging core creates gaps in the seal which may break the core further or damage the metal channel. Broken seals allow heat to escape making temperature control difficult and increase your hydro bill thanks to necessity to constantly heat the water.



the hinge

Keep an eye out for a hinge tear that goes beyond the Heat Seal Shoe which is approximately 2” in from
the outside edge. Tears of 6” or larger will most likely
require a new cover as heat will escape through the opening lower the temperature of water over time,
or causing constant hydro to maintain temperature.

The Vinyl - Hot Tub Cover Replacement Blog

The Vinyl - Hot Tub Cover Replacement Blog

heat seal shoes

The ‘Shoe’ seals the gap between where the two halves of the cover meet. If this crucial point in the cover is damaged or torn, you may be significantly losing heat from the hot tub. This is something that may be re-stitched depending on the extent of the damage.


A new hot tub cover is a great way to breathe some life into your hot tub, as well as your backyard space. We carry a collection of hot tub covers from industry leading manufacturers as well as some of the best accessories to make your hot tub ownership experience as enjoyable as possible.

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