A swim spa cover is vital for controling energy costs, and to protect the spa from external debris. Traditional spa covers are made with a foam core, and that foam is absorbent. As the foam takes on moisture from seepage and condensation from the heated water rising under a cold closed cover, the cover becomes heavy and difficult to handle. Eventually it will keep you from using your swim spa.
The vinyl material that is typically used to cover a foam core is rated by HOURS which means that when it’s exposed to the sun’s UV rays on a daily basis, it’s going to break down and vulnerable to tearing or being punctured.
The End 2 End Swim Spa Cover is a relative newcomer to the swim spa cover market. It claims to Lock In Heat and Keep Out Moisture. Admittedly it does have some advantages over the traditional multi piece folding foam swim spa covers. Its one-piece design using closed-cell foam instead of the traditional rigid foam panels prevents it from absorbing water, so it stays light and easy to manage. That much is true. The reason closed cell foam has not been used in the traditional rigid swim spa covers is that it isn’t rigid. It would sag without support.
The roll up cover overcomes that by having a support system built into the cover. The down side is that the rigid support holds the thin layer of closed cell foam far above the water it is supposed to be keeping warm. The result is that it creates a constant storm of evaporation/condensation under the cover which causes the swim spa to work harder to keep the water warm.
End 2 End claims to have a UV-resistant coating that keeps it strong against the elements and new-looking for years. Unfortunately, this is not true. Although they charge enough to use a more expensive fabric, like Sunbrella, they use cheap canvas. The canvas material won’t last no matter what they claim. In areas that get a lot of sun it will start to fall apart in about one year.
The roll-on, roll-off design makes it easy for a single person to handle. In fact, this exclusive feature makes it possible to roll the cover off a swim spa in less than 60 seconds. It can be rolled in either direction, making it ideal for dual-temperature swim spas. You can roll back the pool side for your daily swim, and then roll back the spa side for relaxing at night. Aside from being extremely easy to take on an off, it requires minimal overhead clearance and gives full visibility on all sides of the swim spa as compared to traditional covers which can be problematic for applications with height restrictions or if you are trying to enjoy views. Admittedly, this is a great improvement over the traditional swim spa covers. The biggest downside is that despite costing three to four times more than a foam filled cover it doesn’t last. Most consumers report that it falls apart in less than two years.
End 2 End claims that their covers are “Custom made with the highest quality commercial-grade materials, this durable, energy-efficient and lockable safety cover is built to withstand all weather conditions. Its full-frame design makes it able to handle even large loads of snow, and thanks to its UV protected surface, it will not deteriorate from time spent in direct sunlight.” Unfortunately the only part of that statement that is true is that it’s lockable. It will blow off in a mild wind, it will crush or tear apart in a minimal snow load and the UV protection is a total lie.
Made in the U.S.A., the End 2 End Swim Spa Covers are available in a range of colors. But not nearly as many as the SpaCap.com Swim Spa Covers which can be done in any of the over sixty colors of Marine Grade Sunbrella.
So what’s the down side? Although the closed cell foam is an improvement it has to be supported to keep the rain and debris out of the spa. That support will eventually breakdown and usually in less than two years. It will never be able to handle as much of a snow load as the SpaCap Swim Spa Cover which rests right on the water surface.
The UV resistant coating is a code for, “it will handle a sun a little longer than a traditional cover” but not nearly as long as Marine Grade Sunbrella which is used on the SpaCap Swim Spa Cover.
In the end, The SpaCap.com Swim Spa Covers are still the overall best choice. No other swim spa cover starts insulating at the water surface. A huge advantage since the point is to seal in the heat and keep the water warm.
The SpaCap.com covers are all made in the USA and the Sunbrella fabric will last YEARS longer than any other material, no matter what UV resistant coating they use.
When you really want to get the best swim spa cover on the market you’re still better off with the swim spa cover custom made for your spa by SpaCap.com.