Dos And Dont's of Designing Decks for Hot Tubs

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Hot tubs are a luxurious addition to any deck. SEAL-A-DECK has installed more than a few of these to every type of deck imaginable and we have figured out a thing or two. There is definitely a right and wrong way to design a deck and install a hot tub. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. Learning from experience we have compiled some do’s and don’ts for designing a deck that can be ready for your hot tub installation.

Do Get a Professional Evaluation

The worst thing you can do is add a hot tub to a deck that wasn’t meant to hold one. The best thing you do is have a deck built especially for hot tub use. If that just is not feasible, you will definitely want a professional evaluation of your structure’s subbase. Only with an inspection can you be certain that a hot tub will work for your particular situation. Any of SEAL-A-DECK’s technicians can provide you with the honest feedback you need to add this awarding addition to your home.

Do Consider Placement and Don’t Overload

When designing your deck to include a hot tub there are many variables to keep in mind. A hot tub, by itself, can weigh up to 1,000 lbs without water and people. That amount can increase to over 2 tons with all of those added in. This additional weight must be accounted for when designing and building your deck. The placement and substructure of the deck and hot tub will be the main concern. It isn’t just the hot tub you must consider, but also the dimension of the unit itself and all of the wiring that it takes to operate them. Only after all of these factors have been accounted for is the construction phase ready to begin.

Don’t Forget Your Personal Preferences

Even though hot tub installation seems pretty straightforward, there are questions you need to ask yourself to make sure you’re getting exactly what you hope. First, do you plan to use your unit year-round or only seasonally? If the answer is “all through the year” then you should consider placing the hot tub near a doorway for those cold months. Also, don’t overlook the importance of privacy. You’ll definitely want it if you live near neighbors (which most of us do). SEAL-A-DECK can install different types of screens that will mimic the design of your deck and home. There are also many types of panels that can be added for the utmost privacy.

Let’s Design Your Deck

When it comes to getting the outdoor living space that you want, our team at SEAL-A-DECK is ready to help. We have a team of in-house designers that can walk you through all of the important aspects of building a deck with a hot tub included. Give us a call today at 1-877-SEALADECK to book a free evaluation or complete our online instant quote form at your convenience. We can’t wait to show you why we are the decking leader throughout Massachusetts, South New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.


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