Wooden Spa Skirt

 I recently bought a used spa that has a wooden skirting around it. What do I have to do to maintain the skirt? It is in fairly good shape right now.

Wood has been the traditional choice for hot tubs and spa cabinetry since the invention of hot tubs, and has proven to be a durable and weather-resistant material as long as it is properly maintained. Many manufacturers recommend that the exterior be stained every six months with an additional coat of preservative for maximum weather protection. Indoor spas require less maintenance, but should still be stained on a periodic basis. While wood skirting does require a minimal maintenance, its natural resistance to rot and decay makes it the ideal material to withstand very harsh climates. A wood cabinet that is not properly treated can warp and discolor. As with any product, try and follow the manufacturer’s directions for maintenance.