Hot tub cover --- looking for reliable source to buy
Apr 9th, 2020 1:58 pm
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Thanks. Rolling cedar is not an option for me, hot tub runds all year round, so I do need a well insulated cover.torontotim wrote: ↑ I have had 2 covers made by Hot Tub Covers Canada. Generally speaking you should expect one to last around 5-7 years before you start getting water infiltration into the foam lid and it starts getting heavy.
Long story short, there are a number of companies selling these, but I think most if not all are made in a single factory. Just slightly different pricing etc. between the retail outlets. Sadly I expect they're all about the same quality and 5 years is likely typical.
I might look at one of the rolling cedar covers next time around. May not be as energy efficient and a lot more expensive, but it should last longer and be less bulky to use.
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I think that a rolling cover would be made of red cedar, but white cedar have a R factor of 1.428 ( http://www.cvm.qc.ca/architecture/asset ... eriaux.pdf ). A foam cover, the one I already have at home have a R factor of 22. Not only you save on energy with a foam cover but you also save on the heating element wear... One thing sure with a cedar cover one would not have to clear snow of it
Apr 10th, 2020 12:13 pm
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Apr 10th, 2020 2:12 pm
my point was with an non insulated cover snow will almost melts automatically on it
Apr 10th, 2020 2:27 pm
Apr 10th, 2020 2:29 pm
yeah I know those blankets. Never tried it, and would probably find it annoying to take it off every time we want to bath, especially when it's cold and we are in a rush to dig in hot water Would like to know if it makes any difference... you can't compare with before you bought it?
Apr 10th, 2020 3:31 pm
So if you have this cover since day 1 you can't compare the savings (if any savings there is) with a cheaper one… Now, I have looked into their site, and simulate an order. there is a TON of options that we can add… I wonder if those options are that good. Adiing this and thins wll bring a vinyl cover almost at the same price as a Cavana!!PointsHubby wrote: ↑ Another vote for Hot Tub Covers Canada
Our Arctic Spa came with one of their Supreme Walk On Covers
Best in the biz.
Well worth the investment,
And ya ... we run our hot tub year round too.
Snow load isn’t an issue for us, cuz the tub is tucked in under an overhang
BUT ... freakin’ cold weather is
Gets pretty nasty here in Eastern Ontario
The insulating factor of the cover we bought is awesome
Combined with the Arctic Spa tub we bought ... our dealer told us even if the electricity went out at -20 C or worse, our tub wouldn’t freeze with the cover on for about a week. Right there was good enough for me.
(Since we’ve owned the tub ... we’ve only had one winter power failure ... during a very cold night ... and the tub faired better than the house. Tub lost just a few degrees, the house lost about 10 )
Apr 10th, 2020 3:37 pm
In that case I know which one I'd pick; for a Beachcomber 578 a Supreme Walk On Cover looks like it runs ~$700 all-in which seems steep.DoorCrasher wrote: ↑ So if you have this cover since day 1 you can't compare the savings (if any savings there is) with a cheaper one… Now, I have looked into their site, and simulate an order. there is a TON of options that we can add… I wonder if those options are that good. Adiing this and thins wll bring a vinyl cover almost at the same price as a Cavana!!
Apr 13th, 2020 1:25 pm
Apr 13th, 2020 2:01 pm
so if you bought 2 from them, Iguess you are pretty happy with the product? what model you have, and how long does they last? TIA
Apr 13th, 2020 2:15 pm
I got the Deluxe, the Classic is too thin for our winters, and the Premium is only $10 less than the Deluxe so might as well
Apr 13th, 2020 2:46 pm
thanks for the review . So hottubcovers.ca seems to be the RFD official cover supplier. They already have my tub model oin file, I have to provide the measurment by myself? And... their free upgrades look like a ''permanent promotion''Eldorado wrote: ↑ I got the Deluxe, the Classic is too thin for our winters, and the Premium is only $10 less than the Deluxe so might as well
I selected their 'free upgrades', 6mil vapour barrier which was more than a couple other online shops, covered skirt
I didn't pay for anything extra, from my reading it sounds like it starts getting to the point of overkill and won't recoup that cost in energy savings
No complaints on the cover, it is a rather basic item which I know has to be replaced every few years, just make sure you measure properly
In southern Ontario, first cover lasted I think it was 7 years probably should have replaced at 6, so that's pretty standard