Top 5 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.

Spa pool and gazebo design idea

Whether you’re in the market for a spa or already own one – something you should really consider is installing some shade over it.

With the right shade solution, you can avoid the sun’s harmful rays, enhance your outdoor area and protect your spa pool or swim spa from the elements – all at the same time!

In this article, we explain the top 5 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:

  1. Sun protection. Shading your spa will protect you and your family from the sun while you are enjoying a soak or swim.
  2. Prolong the life of your spa. Shading your spa will help to limit the sun damage to your spa over time, and keep it looking great for years to come.
  3. Reduce maintenance. It helps keep debris out of your spa and you'll use less sunscreen - one of the worst things for clogging up filters.
  4. Increase energy-efficiency. Shade over your spa can shelter it from the elements, helping maintain a consistent water temperature and ensuring it can operate efficiently year-round.
  5. 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 five key reasons you should shade your spa. We’ve explained these in more detail below:

Top 5 reasons to shade your spa or swim spa:

1. Protect yourself and your family

Sharing quality time outdoors with family and friends is a great thing to do. But what isn’t great, is sunburn and sun damage - whether it affects you, your family and friends, or even your furniture.

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.

Installing an umbrella or pergola or other shade structure over your spa will help protect you and your family from harsh UV rays while enjoying a soak or swim. It can also reduce the sun’s glare off the water, which is annoying and can be harmful to skin and eyes.

2. Prolong the life of your spa or swim spa

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.

3. 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.

pergola over a swim spa

4. Increase energy-efficiency

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.

5. Enjoy your outdoor space year-round

Adding shade over your spa pool not only helps to look after your spa, but it also creates a usable space in your backyard for you to enjoy – rain or shine. It will also look great!

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 and an outdoor furniture 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 Umbrellas

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.

outdoor umbrella

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.

Pergolas and Gazebos

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 sails

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.

shade sail in backyard

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 and better energy-efficiency
  • 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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