Customers might be interested in the features of a swim spa. How fast is a swim spa’s water current? How big is the swim spa? Does it have a mineral filtration or saltwater system?
But as you shop for the best backyard pool alternative for your space and lifestyle, there’s another accessory to consider — the swim spa cover.
A swim spa cover doesn’t make quite the splash that LED lighting and premium features do. However, a quality, functional cover will help you enjoy your swim spa for years to come.
Benefits of a Swim Spa Cover
On the surface, a cover keeps the elements out of your swim spa water — leaves, twigs, rain, snow.
But it also keeps the heat in and prevents water loss, both factors that contribute to a swim spa’s energy efficiency and water chemistry.
Swim spa covers also:
• Helps to lock in the heat. Preventing heat loss will improve the energy efficiency of your swim spa and keep down your utility bill.
• Protect the acrylic shell from sun damage.
• Makes the maintenance of your swim spa easier. The snugly fitting swim spa cover keeps out natural elements, such as leaves and precipitation.
• Improve safety. Master Spas covers have key safety locks that prevent others from removing the cover.
Types of Swim Spa Covers
Master Spas manufactures its own covers at its production facility in Fort Wayne. Made with marine-grade vinyl and insulation, the covers are designed to snugly fit over the swim spas. They are built to the strict ASTM-F1346 standard for lockable safety covers.
There are two types of covers for swim spas by Master Spas — a rolling cover and a traditional bi-fold cover.
Axis Swim Spa Rolling Cover
The Axis Cover System is a unique rolling swim spa cover that can be used by most anyone. It has a low profile, making it ideal for custom swim spa installations.
The system has been designed to fit taut across the spa and features a unique fastening system. There are also multiple safety locks to keep the swim spa secure.
High-Density Foam Swim Spa Covers
The traditional option, bi-fold swim spa covers feature a vapor barrier, which protects the shell and prevents evaporation. The high-density 5-inch foam also improves energy efficiency.
Swim Spa Cover Considerations
When you are purchasing a swim spa and selecting a cover, it’s important to factor in who will be using the swim spa and your region among other things.
Ease of use. A rolling cover, like the Axis, can be used by most people without help. If you are going to be using the swim spa solo, the Axis might be the best choice.
Energy efficiency. A bi-fold cover is the most energy-efficient option. If you live in a colder climate, the traditional cover will keep in more heat.
Installation. A swim spa can be installed above ground, partially recessed, or in the ground. 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.
Swim spa cover lifter. A cover lifter will allow you to open and close a traditional cover with more ease. Master Spas retailers can guide you to a quality lifter so that you can enjoy your swim spa.
Warranty. Just as the cover protects the spa, you want to feel protected by a warranty. Master Spas offers limited warranties on both the Axis Cover System and the bi-fold cover.