Five-Point Cover Inspection Checklist

We are excited to share the HotSpring® five-point spa cover inspection checklist with you!

You’ll find it helps you quickly determine if your spa cover needs to be replaced. If any of the following apply to your cover, we highly recommend a genuine HotSpring® replacement cover.

Let’s look at the five-point cover inspection checklist. You can also print it below.

Now that you’ve looked at the checklist, here are a few more things to look for when deciding if you should replace your hot tub cover.


These symptoms affect the safety, heat retention and beauty of your cover.

  • Dry
  • Brittle
  • Dirty
  • Torn
  • Cracked


You are risking the safety of your hot tub if your adjustable tie-down straps are not in good condition. Check the condition of your locking hardware.

  • Torn
  • Broken
  • Missing


Foam cores are critical to heat retention and safety. You can replace cores, but for covers over two years old, we don’t recommend core replacement.

  • Sagging indicates broken foam cores which can create gaps in the seal.
  • Puddles suggests broken or bowed cores that only get worse over time.
  • Heavy indicates cores have absorbed water.


Precious heat can escape if a hinge tear goes beyond the Heat Seal Shoe (approx. 2” from the outside edge).

  • Torn


The “shoes” seal the gap where the two halves of the cover come together, preventing heat loss at the hinge. (The shoe is the piece sandwiched between the two sides.)

  • Torn
  • Damaged

Contact us today if you’d like to order a new cover!