When choosing the surround on a hot tub it can sometimes be confusing as to what the options really mean. We find the question we get asked a lot is what is the difference between wood and composite pannels on a hot tub.
For us this is a very good question as we went through it ourselves when deciding on how to manufacture our tubs. We originally used cedar wood siding on the the surrounds of our hot tubs however what we found was that it would look great in the show room however without constant staining and maintenence the pannels would quickly fade. This wasnt much a problem for hot tubs in a show room but as we consider a spa an investment we felt we owed it to our customers to use a product that could stand the test of time and not require extra maintenence – for this reason we opted to use a special UV protected composite plastic which can be easily sprayed down with a hose if needed. The other advantage is that the wooden pannels are prone to warping and distortion with moisture so if replacements were ever needed it would be difficult to obtain or costly to custom make. The synthetic pannels allow for customer to easily re skirt their spa at a low cost many years down the line which gives the spa a look like it just rolled out of the showroom again.
For these reasons we believe that synthetic is the way forward.