Benefits Of A Swim Spa

Swim Spa in DeckAll the comforts of a spa. You get the massaging hot water jets and all the enjoyment that a spa can offer in a unit that also includes a swimming area. The only difference is that this is much more compact than a traditional in-ground pool with a separate area for a hot tub or spa.
‘Traditional’ pool benefits included. Although the swim spa is designed differently than a traditional swimming pool, it is still large enough to fit a number of people and to allow the same kind of fun enjoyed in traditional swimming pools. Again, the main difference is the depth of the water and a smaller pool area.
Compact design. Pools are out of the question for some people because they don’t have sufficient space in their backyards. Swim spas may be the answer because they don’t take up nearly the size of a traditional swimming pool.
Easy installation. Swim spas are more like spas or fiberglass swimming pools, so if they are going in-ground, the installation is fairly quick and easy. However, they also come in above ground models that make the installation even simpler.
Exercise. Perhaps the most popular reason to get a swim spa is to enjoy the ability to swim laps without worrying about turns or paying for big pools. Water jets that can be adjusted for various speeds push out against the swimming, keeping them in place, as they swim against the current. With the jets off, the swim spa can also be used for other water-based exercises.
Easier maintenance. Compared to a traditional swimming pool, the maintenance for a swim spa is much easier because it is smaller and uses fewer chemicals. Also, the fiberglass or acrylic construction produces a smooth surface that minimizes the production of algae.
Convenience. Spas are great for relaxing and easing muscle tensions and aches, particularly after exercise. With the swim spa, you can go almost immediately from your water workout into the massaging waters of the spa.
Portable. Swim spas that are not in-ground units have the advantage of being mobile, meaning they can move when you move. While there’s a certain benefit to adding a little to the price of your home because of the swimming pool, it’s also nice to start with a swim spa in your new home.
Use year-round. Because the swim spas are portable, they can be located indoors or outdoors. If your home has an indoor location for a swim spa, you can enjoy the unit even on stormy or snowy days.
Encourage exercise. A swim spa that may have been meant for the swimmer in the family is likely to encourage others to try out the benefits of easy, lap swimming. The jets that provide resistance can be set for beginner swimmers or for much more capable swimmers.

Consider the space around your swim spa. In order for it to be easy to remove and replace your swim spa cover you need to allow adequate room around the spa. For swim spa covers that are as easy to use as taking a comforter off your bed check out SpaCap.com.

Choosing a Swimming Pool Builder

Pool InstallationBuilding a swimming pool is no small undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be difficult either. By choosing the right building team, you can make the process streamlined and carefree. However, choosing the right team does not mean simply choosing the most or least expensive. The following are a few tips for picking the best builder for your swimming pool:

  • Talk with previous customers. This is the best way to find out what a pool builder is like. Look at not just the quality of the work, but the builder’s personality and work ethic, as well. If possible, talk with a previous customer whose opinion you trust. This will give you a better idea of the pool builder’s quality.
  • Compare different pool builders. Talk with different companies, compare prices, and if possible, compare finished pools. Do thorough research – or you may end up being overcharged for mediocre work.
  • Do a background check. Before signing any contracts, learn what you can about the company you want to hire. Go to the Better Business Bureau and find out if the company is accredited by any other professional industry group. Also check to make sure the builder is properly certified and able to work according to the regulations in your city or state.
  • Make sure you get all of the builder’s references. If you ask a builder for his or her references, they will make sure that you see all of their good references while sometimes hiding the less satisfied customers. Find out how many customers your builder has had in a specific time period, and ask to see reviews from all of those clients.
  • Read carefully. Don’t sign any contracts without knowing specifically what is on that contract, and make an effort to read all legal documents presented to you. This will protect you in the event of construction problems.

Here at SpaCap.com, we have been building custom hot tub covers for years and in doing so we have had dealings with quite a few pool builders. Unfortunately, we can’t know all of them in every state. Hopefully the list above will help you make the right choice.

It is easy to get excited about the beautiful design choices and features available today, but the swimming pool is going to be part of your property for years so it pays to be thoughtful now before the build. For instance, an infinity edge design on a pool or spa is spectacular but how will it be covered when not in use?

One of the things we have run into is a spa that spills into the pool. These look great but if no consideration for how it will be covered is included during the design process it may be that no cover can be designed to cover it later. It may not be such a big deal for the pool but keeping the spa water heated and insulated, will be later.

More information about pools and how to take care of them can be found online. Contact SpaCap to learn more.

Reasons to Buy a Hot Tub This Holiday Season

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A Hot tub can be used virtually all year, yet some times are better to buy than others. While many people enjoy relaxing in the hot tub on a cool fall or spring night, enjoying the hot water in the middle of winter also catches the imagination of many. Below are a few reasons you should consider buying a hot tub this holiday season:

  1. Less expensive. Outdoor hot tubs are most commonly purchased during summer, and for most spa companies, summer is the height of the selling season. The pleasant outdoor weather makes people want to spend more time outside, and the hot tub is the perfect diversion for a beautiful summer evening. However, hot tubs might be purchased for a much lower price during winter, when sellers have to try harder to move their products. If you are thinking about getting a hot tub or buying hot tub accessories, consider shopping for one this holiday season.
  2. Can be used immediately. If you buy a hot tub in winter, waste no time enjoying the warm water. There is something magical about enjoying a snowy vista from the comfort of a hot tub on a clear winter day, and you can take advantage of that opportunity this holiday season.
  3. Can help clear symptoms of colds. Hot tubs produce a great deal of steam, especially in the winter when the water vapor clashes with the cold outdoor temperatures. This steam is good for easing sore throats and clearing out sinuses. Considering that colds appear to be more common in winter, hot tubs might be a good remedy for easing the symptoms.
  4. Relaxes muscles and joints. Hot water is known for relaxing muscles and joints and easing pain. As many people’s joint pain is worse in cold weather, a spa could be the perfect holiday gift.

Naturally, we think everybody should have and use a hot tub every day. Here at SpaCap.com we have been working in the industry for over thirty years. We know a little bit about the health benefits of using a hot tub. In fact the covers we build today are a direct result of the need to get into the hot tub for back therapy and being told by the doctor not to lift more than ten pounds.

If you’ve owned your present hot tub cover for more than six months (and it isn’t one of ours) there’s a very high probability that you have to lift more than tens pounds to get into your spa. The reason is simple. No rigid foam filled cover, no matter what it’s wrapped in, can avoid becoming heavy, saturated with water. No amount of taper will stop it either since outside moisture is not the culprit.

But enough about Hot Tub Covers, you need to buy a hot tub first!

Contact SpaCap for more information on the benefits of spas and hot tubs.

Before Installing an Indoor Hot Tub

Hot Tub AromatherapyAn Indoor hot tub can be advantageous for a number of reasons; it will stay warmer and be less expensive to heat and it won’t have to be protected from the elements. However, a mistake during the purchase or installation process can be very dangerous and detrimental to your home. Instead of enjoying a pleasant soak in the bathroom before bed, you may find yourself with a flooded home. The following are a few of the most common indoor hot tub mistakes to help customers make the right decisions in installing their hot tub:

  • Choose the right floor type. Every time you get out of the hot tub, you will likely drip water onto the floor. Make sure you have an effective bath mat and that the floor material you choose doesn’t become too slippery when wet. This can be a safety hazard as well as making the floor more difficult to clean.
  • Plan a water source. If you have an indoor hot tub, you may want to think of a better plan than filling it with jugs of water from the sink. One way to solve this problem might be to have a faucet that goes to the hot tub, or a swiveling faucet that can be used to fill the hot tub or be used over a sink. Extendable faucets work as well, while the most efficient answer might be to install a hose bib in the room.
  • Consider the humidity. Your hot tub will give off a great deal of steam, which can very quickly cause serious damage to your walls. Mold and mildew growth is a very serious potential danger while rot in the wood or sheetrock is another possibility. Use the proper building materials when designing the room and install a powerful but quiet fan that can be used to cut down on the steam and humidity.
  • Access. It still needs to be covered to hold in the heat and moisture. Think about how that will be done. In order for it to be easy to remove and replace any Hot Tub Cover it’s a good idea to leave enough room to walk around at least three of the sides. Also, when the cover comes off it is going to be wet.

 

More information about hot tubs and especially hot tub covers, visit SpaCap.com.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Hot Tub

Hot Tub PlacementDepending on your home and the intended use of your hot tub, you may desire an indoor or an outdoor hot tub. While the decision may initially seem as simple as your stylistic preference, there are actually a number of factors to consider. One may offer better scenery while the other offers more privacy and may be easier to keep warm. Below are a few of the other pros and cons to choosing either an indoor or outdoor hot tub:

  • Ventilation. Your hot tub is going to give off a lot of steam, especially if you enjoy keeping it at higher temperatures. If you have an indoor hot tub, you will have to install a powerful fan to protect your home’s interior from the steam and humidity. An outdoor hot tub will vent easily into the air, allowing the steam to be carried away on the wind.
  • Maintenance. An outdoor hot tub is typically going to have space around it on all sides, allowing for easy repair of mechanical or electrical issues. At the same time, outdoor spas are exposed to the elements, meaning they will require higher levels of maintenance to keep them clean. Indoor hot tubs may be less conducive to mechanical work, but will not require as much upkeep.
  • Privacy. While an outdoor hot tub will often be installed on a porch or in enclosed patio and fenced in yard, there is still a level of privacy that is lacking. Indoor spas are completely private, and hot users can enjoy music, food, or drink from the pleasure of their own home.
  • Expense. An indoor hot tub will likely be more expensive to install, but it will keep the water warmer during winter, allowing it to be heated in less time and with less energy. While an outdoor hot tub will be cheaper to install, but will probably result in higher costs to heat it throughout the year.

No matter which you choose, indoor or out, you’ll still need a quality hot tub cover. That’s where we come in. Building the World’s Best Hot Tub Covers is all we do. We would love to build one for you.

More information about hot tubs and spa upkeep is available on our website, SpaCap.com.