Top 3 reasons you should have shade over your spa pool

Do you own a spa or are thinking of buying one? If so, then one thing you really need to consider is installing some shade over it. Learn more below.

If you have recently purchased a spa pool, or are thinking about it, then you may be thinking about shade and whether you need it.

In this article, we explain the top 3 reasons for shading your spa or swim spa as well as the different shade options available, so you can make the most of your investment and outdoor space.

Should spas or pools be shaded?

Yes, ideally we recommend that pools and spas are shaded - at least partially, to protect your family and the spa pool from the elements.

Here are the main reasons to shade your spa pool:

  • Sun protection. Shading your spa will protect you and your family from the sun while you are enjoying a soak or swim.
  • Reduced maintenance. It helps keep debris out of your spa and you'll use less sunscreen - one of the worst things for clogging up filters.
  • Year-round accessibility. Shading your spa or swim spa helps create a usable space in your backyard for you to enjoy – rain or shine. It will also look great!

Keep reading to learn more about why you need to shade your spa pool below.

What are the benefits of shading my spa pool?

As explained above, there are three key reasons you should shade your spa. We’ve explained these in more detail below:

Top 3 reasons to shade your spa or swim spa:

1. Protection from the elements

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, mostly due to excess exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The good news is, you can prevent UV damage – and skin cancer – by being SunSmart.

You may have noticed that the sun reflects off the water creating glare that can cause damage to your skin and eyes, as well as being unpleasant. Creating shade over your spa can help to prevent this, making it a cooler and more enjoyable experience, so you can make the most of your investment.

Shading your pool or spa will not only protect you from the sun while swimming or soaking, but it will also help to look after the cover and exterior of the spa. The harsh summer sun and wet winter conditions can take a toll on the appearance of your spa. Excess sun exposure can lead to delamination in some spa shells and cracking of the vinyl spa cover. Shading your spa will help to limit the sun damage to your spa over time, and keep it looking great for years to come.

2. Reduced maintenance

If you own a spa or swim spa then that’s another great reason to install quality shade. As a spa owner, you’ll already know how important it is to keep filters clean and clear.

But did you know, one of the worst things for clogging up spa filters is sunscreen? Why? Well, sunscreen is oil-based and if it mixes with spa water it can clog filters, create foam and reduce water clarity.

By installing shade over your pool or spa, you don’t have to lather on sunscreen and can safely enjoy your spa time – without worrying about sunburn, clogging spa filters or creating water maintenance issues.

Creating shade over your spa can also help maintain a consistent water temperature. With extreme heat or frosty weather you may find your spa heat fluctuates from time to time. Having effective shelter for your spa will ensure your spa can operate efficiently year round – ultimately saving you money.

3. An extra outdoor living space for year-round use

Adding shade over your spa pool not only helps to look after your spa, but it also creates a new space in your garden to relax year-round.

Some of the lifestyle benefits of having a shaded pool or spa include:

  • With protection from the elements, you can get more use out of your spa - rain or shine.
  • Some shade comes with pre-installed lights, creating a nice atmosphere and ambience for an evening soak.
  • If you opt for a rain-proof shade you can store your towels and accessories in a convenient and sheltered spot
  • It creates a focal point you can build an outdoor entertaining area around. Add a BBQ, outdoor furniture and fire table and you've got a recipe for a great time.

Many shade options come in a variety of colours so you can match the shade to your house, garden or other furniture items to suit your style.

What are my shade options?

Once you decide to shade your spa, the next step is choosing which option to go with. One of the key things to consider is if you want a fixed or portable shade.

Here are our top shade ideas:

Outdoor Umbrella

An umbrella will give you excellent shade and can be moved around your garden when needed. Umbrellas are a cost effective option for providing shade and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours to fit your outdoor space.

Good for: portable shade, can be adjusted to block low afternoon sun, can be customised to suit your backyard style.

Not so good for: permanent shade, large outdoor spaces, exposed areas.

Want to learn more about umbrellas, you can read more here.

Pergola/Gazebo

A pergola or gazebo will give you a semi-permanent shade option that can extend your living space and provide a long term solution for your backyard. Many pergolas come with adjustable louvred roofs and come in a variety of sizes to fit your space.

Good for: extending your outdoor living space, adjustable features like privacy blinds and lighting, semi-permanent shade

Not so good for: if you want portable shade, small spaces.

Want to learn more about pergolas you can read more here.

Shade sail

A shade sail is a great option for a smaller outdoor area if you want to buy a temporary shade solution. Shade sails come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours but are not as durable as an umbrella or pergola and often get damaged in bad weather conditions.

Good for: Play areas, sandpits, small and sheltered spaces, people on a budget.

Not so good for: Exposed areas, medium to large spaces, dining, if you want portable shade.

Within each shade option, there are many different variations to choose from including size, colour, material and price. You can learn more about the differences between these options in this detailed article.

In Summary

We hope this article has helped you understand the many shade options for your spa pool and backyard.

There are some great benefits that come from shading your spa including:

  • Protection from the elements
  • Less spa maintenance
  • Creating a new space for fun, fitness and relaxation

If you want to read more about your shade options you can check out our other shade articles here.

If you need any help or advice with your decision-making, you can book a virtual consultation or chat online with one of our customer service team. Or, visit your local Spa World showroom where you can speak with a friendly salesperson and view our range of pergolas and umbrellas.

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