Spa Covers Etc. specializes in custom made spa covers / hot tub covers. We are proud to offer the Ideal Spa Cover - America's Largest Manufacturer of spa covers since 1989. Made in the USA!
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Why Should Your Spa Cover's Foam Be Tapered? | Spa Covers Etc.
Spa Covers - Tapered Foam Vs. Flat Foam
by Spa Covers Etc.
In the early years of the hot tub industry there wasn't much thought put into the engineering of the HOT TUBCOVER.
In the beginning, spa / hot tub covers were made of generic, off the shelf vinyl and a FLAT foam core. It didn't take long, usually after the first decent rain, the owner's of the covers reported that they have become very heavy (sometimes too heavy to lift). The flat foam core design allowed water to puddle on top of the cover and because ALL spa covers are sewn together, there are SEVERAL punctures (holes) in the vinyl dew to the stitches which allow water into the cover itself. This can water-log the foam core.
Flat foam core covers do NOT encourage the water to run-off so the cover becomes heavy. Over time, the weight of the water puddling on the cover will cause the foam core to sag (bow) into the spa, exacerbating the problem ever more because the water begins to wick into the spa cover adding more weight.
Now we have MANY foam core options! But what do they mean?
Ideal Spa Covers Uses 4" x 2" Foam Core
Spa Covers Etc. has been an Independent Authorized Dealer of Ideal Spa Covers for over 20 years. Ideal Spa Covers practically invented the modern TAPERED foam spa cover. They use a 4" thick foam core that tapers to 2" thick. This means that the spa cover is 4" thick in the center and 2" at the edge. Like an "A" frame roof that is peaked in the middle, not only does it encourage water (and snow) to run-off, it also adds strength to the design.
And Because The Cover Is Sewn Together...
Even with a full 2" taper, some water will get inside the spa cover. And when the spa is heated, steam will penetrate the cover through the underside's stitches. When you remove the spa cover, the steam will cool back into liquid water. Because of this Ideal Spa Covers adds a Vapor Proof Barrier VPB3000. Exclusive to the Ideal Spa Cover, the VPB3000 is a heavy duty plastic that is vacuumed-sealed around the foam core ensuring that moisture does NOT come in contact with the foam. This eliminates the problem FLAT foams have with retaining water weight.
When water from rain / snow lands on the Ideal Spa Cover, due to the 2" taper, water runs-off quickly. Any water that does penetrate the vinyl simply bypasses the sealed foam core and goes through the drain holes located on the bottom of the spa cover.
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The "Other Guys" Common Foam Cores:
3.5" x 2.5" - only 1" of taper.
4" x 2.5" - only 1.5" of taper.
Watch Out For The Bigger Is Better Advertisements!
5" x 3" - Yes it has a 2" taper, BUT it weighs 25% MORE!
6" x 4" - This is CRAZY! Same taper BUT50% more weight!
The Ideal Spa Cover is #1 All spa covers are NOT created equal! Ideal Spa Covers have over 20 points of reinforcement. Chris Graham, owner of Spa Covers Etc., in Orange County, Ca. would like to share some of those points with you. Ideal Spa Covers are CUSTOM MADE to Order. Every spa cover order is made to the customer's specifications, choice of color, and choice of foam core density. Our spa covers are NOT generic sizes "that will work". At Ideal Spa Covers all spa covers are made by hand using industrial grade machines enabling us to make the strongest, longest lasting spa cover, in a wide variety of custom sizes and shapes. Ideal Spa Covers uses a proprietary blend Vinyl. Exclusive to Ideal! Ideal Spa Covers has been in business over 25 years. This has made for a great relationship between Ideal Spa Covers and the manufacturer of the Vinyl. Over the years the formula of the Vinyl has been "tweaked" to meet the needs for our spa covers. This a
Spa Water Chemistry Bromine : Chemical used to sanitize water. A level of 3.0 to 5.0 ppm should be maintained. pH (potential Hydrogen) : A scale of 1 to 14 that measure the alkalinity of the water. A reading below 7.0 equals acidic water and will cause etching of the plaster, staining and corrosion to the metal pipes and heater and could be irritating to swimmers. If the pH is above 8.0 the water will be cloudy, scale will build up along the tile and in the pipes. The filter will become clogged and circulation will diminish. A high pH also makes chlorine less efficient but Bromine works OK at a pH of 8.0. In A Fiberglass spa keep the pH at 8.0 or above. Acid Demand : If the pH is above 7.8, use the #3 test solution 1-drop at a time to determine how much acid is required to bring the pH down to the ideal range of 7.4 to 7.6. Count the number of drops and compare against the chart in the test kit to determine how much acid. NOTE *** Dry acid is preferred when adju