You know that covers are an essential part of keeping the heat in and debris out of your beloved hot tub or spa. What you may not realize is just how heavy they are. Depending on the cover’s make, model, and age, it could weigh up to 75 pounds, making it nearly unmanageable for some spa owners. To lift some of the burden off the owner, you may want to invest in a hot tub and spa cover lifter. Here are a few things to look for when deciding if a lifter is the right option for you.
When deciding whether or not to purchase a cover lifter, you’ll want to consider the amount of clearance that you have available. The amount necessary will vary based on the hot tub and spa cover lifter’s make and model.
Size, Shape and Weight
Another factor to consider is the cover’s size, shape and weight. Some lifters are designed for covers of specific sizes, shapes and weight. You’ll need to check that the lifter you’re considering is compatible with your cover.
Location & Exposure to Elements
For hot tubs and spas that are located outside and are exposed to the elements, you’ll want to select a lifter that can withstand such stress. Features to look for in your new lifter are powder coated steel or aluminum components.
Lifting System Mechanism
It is important to check out how the lifting system works before making a purchase. Some use single or dual gas shocks which can influence how easy it is to remove and replace the cover. Be sure to find out where the cover rests once it’s removed to help you avoid lifters that allow the cover to touch the ground.
Ease of Installation
Give some thought to the type of installation involved for the lifter. Some will require modifications to be made to the unit’s exterior while other do not involve drilling.
To learn more about what to consider when buying a hot tub or spa cover lifter, contact Great Lakes Pool & Spa at 262-242-7793.