How to Plan the Perfect Hot Tub Installation

Once you’ve chosen the spa of your dreams, it’s time to think about the installation process. While you’ve probably already picked the location for your hot tub, there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure a seamless installation. Our comprehensive guide and gallery will help you navigate every step of the process from readying your installation site to the accessories you’ll need to designing a beautiful space.

The Foundation

If you already have a deck, it’s a perfect location for your spa. If your deck is relatively new, there should be no issues installing your spa there. If it’s a bit older, you may need to do a few upgrades. First, make sure your deck was built according to code. If it’s not up to code, it may not have the strength to support a filled hot tub. Your deck also needs to be completely level. If you have any weak or warped boards, these should be replaced before the installation. 

A patio makes a beautiful home for your hot tub. To make sure the installation comes off without a hitch, check to make sure the surface is completely level. Cracks and tilts can impact how well your spa will work, so be sure to fix any flaws before the installation.

Concrete Slab
No deck or patio? A concrete pad is a great base for your spa. Not only is it economical, it’s a sturdy base that will stand the test of time. As long as the slab is level and smooth, it will get the job done.

Must-Have Hot Tub Accessories

While there’s a wide range of spa accessories available to hot tub owners, there are two that we always recommend to our customers.

Hot Tub Covers
A good quality hot tub cover will add years to the life of your spa. A cover protects the spa’s jets and other components from the impact of severe weather while preventing dirt, debris and bugs from falling into the water. And that means less maintenance for you.

A cover also makes your spa more energy-efficient, translating into long-term savings on your electric and water bills. If you have children or pets, a cover will give you peace of mind that your loved ones are safe. With secure locking straps, the cover will keep even the most determined of kids from accessing the spa.

Hot Tub Steps
Aside from making it easier to enter and exit your hot tub, spa steps are an essential safety feature. Hot tubs are too tall for young or elderly users to enter with ease. Stairs offer the assistance needed for them to enter and exit the spa safely. Spa steps are also a must for anyone with limited mobility due to age or disability.

Quick Design Tips

If you’re feeling ambitious, a rock garden looks gorgeous around a spa. Large stone pots or urns filled with tropical plants are also a nice touch. You can also install a trellis on one side of your spa and plant some ivy or climbing flowers.

Nothing adds ambience at night like some strategically placed lighting. Try adding twinkle lights by stringing them above your spa, wrapping them around deck railings or decorating a pergola or gazebo. You can also use hanging lanterns, tiki torches or rope lighting, which is great for lining pathways.

Add Colour
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money but are still looking for a way to add some pizzazz to your outdoor living area, choose some colourful, new pillows, cushions and throws for your outdoor furniture. Nothing is more relaxing than getting out of the spa and lounging on comfortable seating outdoors in the mild weather.

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