Spa Buyers Guide Continued -
Many companies have now shifted focus onto the framing of their spas.
In every attempt to one-up the competition, many spa manufacturers have
attempted to "beef up" the spas structural framing by using steel over
the more common pressure treated lumber. While this is an unnecessary
expense in a quality, fully-insulated spa, it can be an important feature
for spas that do not have the benefit of total cavity insulation.
The theory behind steel vs. wood framing is that steel provides
greater structural strength and integrity against the thousands of pounds
of water that would be otherwise unsupported. In a fully insulated spa,
the dense foam that is used provides even support across the entire
under-surface of the shell and therefore not benefiting from the steel
structure. One real advantage the steel does have though, is that it
will not rot if moisture were to find its way into the cavity of spas
framing. As with most quality spas, this is not an issue, but when
considering a spa that considerably lower priced than the average quality
brand, it can be an important feature.
As with the framing of a spa, manufacturers are also making attempts
to rid the spas exterior of wood. The ever popular synthetic siding has
many forms. The obvious benefit of an artificial wood cabinet is that
it is supposed to be lower maintenance, longer lasting, and better looking.
However, many companies have fallen short in there efforts to address all
three desired benefits. Lower maintenance means less or no sanding or
staining of the spas exterior. The problem is that most spa manufacturers
have not invested the time or money into making quality siding. When looking
at the spas siding consider a few things: Does it feel strong and appear
durable or does it flex and wobble when a little pressure is applied? Are
the panels only glued together or are the glued and stapled? Is the color
and material consistent throughout or is it just on the surface which would
be prone to highlighting scratches and dings. Most importantly, does it have
a good warranty and a good company to support that warranty. Examples of
some manufacturers that have strived for quality synthetic cabinetry are
Jacuzzi Premium Spas