A swim spa cover is bulky and heavy. Just ask anybody who has aimed to remove one by themselves. If you are physically strong a stiff breeze can catch the large flat surface area and the hot tub cover can easily get away from you, even. Getting rid of a regular hot tub cover is best dealt with by 2 individuals. If you use your tub alone or are not physically strong enough to battle it off your spa, you have to think about a Hot Tub Cover Lift.
Or better yet consider a cover that doesn’t employ rigid foam panels that can become saturated and heavy. The SpaCap cover is lightweight and built to stay that way. Many swim spa owners report that they can remove their SpaCap swim spa covers with one hand. No lifter required.
A cover lift is a mechanical device that connects to the swim spa cabinet body or deck and is created to assist you eliminate your hot tub cover. There can be various methods of operation but they all allow one person to easily and safely eliminate the cover from their swim spa. Providing the foam is not saturated. What happens then is the lifter mechanism will either tear the cover in half because the fabric hinge is not meant to handle the weight of saturated foam or worse, the lifter will be torn off the side of the hot tub.
Cover lifts can also serve another function, which’s of storage while you are utilizing your hot tub. When you remove the top you have to put it someplace. If you don’t have a deck, that often implies putting it on the ground. Even if you do have a deck, you might not want a substantial swim spa cover blocking the way.
Simple and quick, with nothing to wear out – other than for maybe that costly new hot tub cover you’ve just purchased. The friction of sliding the spa cover back and forth might ultimately damage the vinyl covering so this is something you have to see thoroughly.
Or again you could just eliminate the need for a lifter by getting the only kind of cover that uses air instead of foam to insulate. A cover that is as easy to use as taking a fluffy comforter off a bed. Something designed by a single woman so she could use her hot tub by herself. The only swim spa cover that comes in Sunbrella Marine Fabric instead of vinyl. Imagine having a cover thats not only lightweight but that can match your decor. But lets keep going with the whole cover lifter idea.
Another range stores the folded swim spa cover in a vertical position so that it obstructs the view on one side. This works if your next-door neighbor’s are getting too interested in your swim spa activities, but is a downside in that it can restrict your deem well. This type of lift in some cases relies on a hydraulic arm or springs, which are parts which may deteriorate or break over time. Ensure that the cover can be locked in the up position so there is no risk it can fall back down, injuring somebody.
Wait did that just say the cover could fall on you while your in the spa? That’s like the opposite of helpful.
A third kind of lift helps you to eliminate the hot tub cover and holds the folded cover behind the spa. It in some cases takes a bit more effort to operate this kind, and you do have to have about a foot of clearance behind the spa for the cover. But the lower profile gets rid of the problem of an obstructed view.
This is also the most common type of cover lifter sold. What anyone can tell you is that it doesn’t help you fold the cover over the first time. So if the cover is too heavy to lift, it isn’t going to help you at all. And when they say, “It takes a little more effort to operate” it may qualify as the biggest understatement of the year.
One item to research carefully is whether the lift you are thinking about places stress on center hinge of your hot tub cover. This hinge is typically not developed to carry the complete weight of the cover in a hanging position, and some type of lifts can place a real pressure on it. So there are not a surprises it would be wise to ask this question before making your purchase. There are some after market packages that can avoid this problem, but that is at an extra expense. Some lifts are created to move to weight to the external edge of the tub and remove the stress to the hinge.
Lifts are engineered to fit various spa sizes and many swim spa cover raises can be set up by the homeowner using tools you would usually have around the house.
Cover lifts can also serve one other function, and that’s of storage while you are utilizing your hot tub. When you get rid of the leading you need to put it somewhere. If you don’t have a deck, that frequently means putting it on the ground. Even if you do have a deck, you may not desire a huge swim spa cover blocking the way.
After investing thousands of dollars on a swim spa, cover, chemicals, and operation costs, investing a few hundred dollars more for a cover lift will make your hot tub experience and the pressure on your back much less demanding.
If you utilize your tub alone or are not physically strong enough to battle it off your spa, you require to consider a hot tub cover Lift. Or better yet, think about getting a cover that won’t get heavy or break. Something like say the SpaCap
The friction of moving the spa cover back and forth might eventually damage the vinyl covering so this is something you have to enjoy carefully.
A third type of lift assists you to remove the hot tub cover and holds the folded cover behind the spa. One item to research thoroughly is whether the lift you are considering places tension on center hinge of your hot tub cover. Cover lifts can also serve one other function, and that’s of storage while you are using your hot tub.