A Splash Of Knowledge About Swim Spa Covers

What is a SwimSpa Cover?

A Swim Spa cover might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of pool accessories like LED lighting or water features, but it plays a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing your SwimSpa experience​.

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Swim spa covers are designed to fit snugly over your outdoor spa, keeping unwanted elements like leaves, twigs, and rain out of the water. They are also instrumental in maintaining the heat of the water, preventing water loss, and protecting the spa from sun damage​. These covers not only enhance the energy efficiency of your outdoor spa but also simplify its maintenance.

Moreover, swim spa covers are built to meet the strict ASTM-F1346 standard for lockable safety covers, making them a safe option for your swim spa​.

Types of Swim Spa Covers

There are generally two types of covers available for swim spas: a rolling cover and a traditional bi-fold cover​.

Rolling SwimSpa Cover

The rolling swim spa cover, like the Axis Cover System, is a unique design that can be used by most people without assistance. It’s ideal for custom spa installations due to its low profile. The system is designed to fit taut across the opening and features a unique fastening system with multiple safety locks to keep the swim spa secure​.

Traditional Bi-fold Swim Spa Cover

The traditional option, bi-fold swim spa covers, feature a vapour barrier which protects the shell and prevents evaporation. These covers also have a high-density 5-inch foam that significantly improves the energy efficiency of your spa.

Key Considerations When Choosing a Swim Spa Cover

When choosing a swim spa cover, it’s important to consider who will be using the swim spa, the climate of your region, and other factors. Here are some key considerations:

  • Ease of Use: A rolling cover like the Axis can be used by most people without help. If you’re going to be using the SwimSpa solo, a rolling cover might be the best choice.
  • Energy Efficiency: A bi-fold cover is the most energy-efficient option. If you live in a colder climate, this type of cover will retain more heat, keeping your SwimSpa warm.
  • Installation: Depending on your backyard design, a rolling cover might be easier to manage. Its low profile will also help you mimic the look of an in-ground pool if your SwimSpa is installed above ground, partially recessed, or in the ground.
  • Cover Lifter: A cover lifter will allow you to open and close a traditional cover with more ease.
  • Warranty: Just as the cover protects the spa, you’ll want to feel protected by a warranty. Ensure to check the warranty provided on the cover you choose​.

Key Takeaway

A quality, functional swim spa cover is more than an accessory – it’s a valuable tool that helps you enjoy your outdoor spa for years to come. Whether you choose a rolling cover or a traditional bi-fold one, your cover will play an essential role in maintaining the cleanliness, safety, and energy efficiency of your swim spa. So take your time, consider your specific needs, and make a choice that enhances your spa experience.

While we do not carry above ground swim spa covers, if your swim spa is in ground and similar to a small swimming pool we can install one of our automatic pool covers with all the benefits. It will be cheaper than an auto safety cover for a pool due to the typically smaller size of swim spas. Why not fill out the form below and send us photos of your spa so we can give you a quote?


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