Hot Tub Lifespan Variables: Materials and Equipment

Anytime you make a significant purchase on an item or piece of equipment, you want to know that you’re getting a long and useful lifespan out of it that makes it worth the money you spent on it. The world of hot tubs is no exception, and there are a few variables that play a role in how long your new hot tub can be expected to last.

At Hot Tub Factory Outlet, we’re happy to offer some of the highest-quality hot tubs on the market, including from industry leaders like Sundance, Viking and others. We’ll also assist you with themes like these, and the kinds of factors that will play into how long you can expect your hot tub to last with optimal operations. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over the key elements that tend to influence this lifespan.

Quality Materials

One of the first and most important factors that can impact a hot tub’s lifespan is the quality of its materials, most notably its shell (for wooden hot tubs) or acrylic. Certain materials are more prone to cracking and other damage, though this can also be influenced by things like UV rays in sunlight over time, harsh weather conditions and other external factors. Some hot tub shells are made from “composite” materials that are designed to be more durable and longer-lasting, as well.

Another material factor to consider is the type of insulation used for your hot tub’s shell or base (depending on the specific model you purchase). Insulation helps keep water at a steady temperature in colder climates, and a higher R-value (insulation rating) tends to mean a hotter tub and longer lifespan in general.

Cabinet Type

Down related lines, if you purchase a wooden hot tub, the material used for its cabinet is another factor that can play into how long it will last. Typically, higher-quality woods like cedar are more durable and longer-lasting than cheaper (but still safe) options like pine or spruce. Of course, depending on your climate and where you live, other factors like weather conditions can influence the lifespan of your wooden hot tub.

Cover Type and Usage

Another aspect of your hot tub purchase that can impact its lifespan is the type of cover you choose and how well you maintain it. If a cover doesn’t protect against things like water, dirt and debris from entering the hot tub, it puts it at risk for developing mildew or mold, which can affect its lifespan as a whole. Some covers are designed with this in mind (like ones made of vinyl or another type of material that is waterproof) and have extra padding on the edges to help keep debris out. In addition, using a cover correctly and keeping your hot tub clean can also play into how long it will last overall.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some areas of maintenance and how they play into your hot tub’s expected lifespan. For more on this topic, or to learn about any of our hot tubs and related products, speak to our team at Hot Tub Factory Outlet today.

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