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RECESSION CAUSES ROTO MOLDED HOT TUB SPAS TO CATCH ON IN A BIG WAY
February 5, 2011
Las Vegas, NV USA
Poolandspa.com Newsletter February 2011
By Betty Carter -
Additional Information Provided By Adam Patrick
Durasport Roto molded Hot
ADVANCES IN MANUFACTURING MAKE HOT
TUBS AFFORDABLE AGAIN
the recession. Aren't you just
sick of hearing about it?
Aren't you just sick of being a
victim of it? We think
everyone has really had enough of
the continuous bad news we get every
minute of every day. What can
you do? Well, you can now
relax in your very own hot tub - not
for $12,000, not for $8000, not for
$5000 - but for even much, much less
money, thanks to Roto Spas.
For every negative, there is a
positive - and although rotationally
molded hot tub spas (Roto Spas) have
actually been around for almost 10
years, their popularity is
increasing each and every month for
two main reasons. First, they
are priced at a significantly lower
price than their big brothers and
sisters, acrylic spas. And
secondly, they are incredibly
lightweight, and easy to move from
place to place (or from home to
home, if the evil banks keep
foreclosing on you).
So what exactly is a Roto Spa?
Rotational molding, also known as Roto
molding, is a molding process used to create portable hot tub
spas, and their associated accessories (steps, trays, shelves,
Close Up Of A Roto Molding Machine
Here You Can See Roto
Molded Spa Steps
With Built-In Storage
HOW ARE ROTO MOLDED SPAS
A heated hollow mold is filled with a
powdered high impact polyethylene polymer. The hot tub mold is
mounted on a single arm machine (see photo to the left).
For example, Durasport Spas is one hot tub manufacturer that
actually houses two of the largest and most technologically
advanced Roto Mold machines in the industry.
These machines rotate the mold biaxial
while heating it externally. The high impact polymer softens,
therefore, uniformly coating the inside of the mold. Once cooled
the two part mold is opened exposing a single piece spa.
Roto Molded spas benefit from
consistent wall thickness and density creating spas so
structurally strong they are often backed by a lifetime
warranty. In addition to the durable nature of Roto Molded
spas, they do not contain any wood, metal or vinyl, which means
they will never rot, rust or tear.
Spa brands such as Durasport Spas and
DreamMaker Spas are probably the most popular and well known of
the Roto Spa brands available today.
Another other main benefit of Roto
Spas are they are typically insulated much better than some of
their acrylic counterparts. Some tubs are claiming a very
nice and "green" energy savings of over 40%, compared to other
non-insulated acrylic portable hot tubs.
From a cost perspective, Roto Sales
typically sell for about 40%-60% less than the same sized
acrylic spa. Also,
they are very
durable (both the spa shell and cabinet) and truly portable.
such as Durasport & DreamMaker offer true "Plug n Play" spas, in
the sense that you do not need to pour a concrete slab base, or
hardwire them to 220 volt electricity. You just place the one
piece spa on a flat, level surface, fill it up with water, and
plug it into an existing 110 volt outlet and you are ready to
go. No contactors, no electricians, no costly set-up
Unlike some other
110 volt spas on the market that steal exhaust heat from the
pump, some of the newer Roto Mold brands even have a true
stainless steel heating element (like acrylic spas) and can be
used year round in any climate.
Roto Spas Even Have Great Looking Cabinets
NO MORE "DOG BOWL" LOOK !
For many years, a lot of
people liked the benefits of Roto Molded hot tubs, but
did not like the "plastic-look", or "Dog-Bowl-look" of
the outside of the spa cabinets.
Many of the newer Roto Spa companies
now offer spa shells and cabinets that are available in
beautiful color combinations that require no maintenance, and
can withstand even the harshest climates. The great thing is
that because the cabinets are not made of wood, or thin
plastics, most Roto Molded spas will look as beautiful in years
to come, as they did on the first day you got the tub.
Hybrid Roto Mold
Spa By Strong Spas Has An Acrylic Interior, and
Roto Molded Exterior cabinet, steps, cover and
HYBRID ROTO'S NOW BEING
So.....what do you do to make Roto Spas better?
Or - what do you do to make acrylic spas better?
Well, the answer appears to be Roto Hybrids.
This type of hot tub spa is pretty rare at the
moment, but will probably become more and more
popular. The spa in the photo to the left
is made by a company called Strong Spas.
They have engineered an acrylic spa shell into a
Roto Molded spa cabinet. If you take a
look at the photo, you will see that the Roto
Molding process allows for a lot of new features
that had not been possible with previous acrylic
spas with wood cabinets.
With this model, Strong has taken the best of
both worlds. They have utilized the
acrylic for the inside of the hot tub and the
Roto process for the outside. That allows
them to offer features like built-in spa steps,
storage cabinets, towel warmers and an
integrated hot tub cover with lifters, attached
right to the spa cabinet.
These features do not come cheap though.
Because of the manufacturing details involved in
a hybrid-type hot tub unit, the price does jump
right back up into the high-end acrylic spa
level. But on a positive note, you are
truly getting the best of both world's with a
hybrid - great energy efficiency, durable
cabinets and covers, as well as the beauty of
the acrylic spa shell.
Nice Roto Hot Tub With Shelf And Ice Bucket
SO IT'S UP TO YOU
Whether it is that a prospective hot tub
customer cannot afford a high end spa, cannot justify
spending the money, does not have the space, or plans on
moving frequently....Roto Molded spas seem to be a way
Whether you get a true Roto Spa or a Hybrid Spa,
they tend to have great re-sale value, as they do continue to
look "new", even if used outdoors. Also, if the consumer
already has a high end spa at their primary home and is looking
for the same relaxation at their second/vacation home, a Roto
Spa is a great idea. You still get all the benefits of
your primary "big" spa, at a price point substantially less.
Plus, if you are using it at a vacation home that you do not
visit often, you can always just unplug it, and role it into the
garage when you leave for added security.
Additionally, if you happen to live in a Town
House, Condo, Military Base or a home with size restrictions -
or HOA rules that might not allow for a big, 220 volt hot tub -
Roto Spas are definitely the way to go!
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