Give Your New Hot Tub A Solid Foundation
You’ve made the decision to invest in a hot tub. Now where do you put it?
There are several different ways you can give your hot tub a solid, level foundation for years of enjoyment. You may even already have the perfect foundation for your new hot tub on your property. Before commit to your future hot tub’s location, explore your hot tub foundation options now.
Exploring Your Options: Slab, Deck, Pavers, or Spa Pad?
Hot tub owners typically place their spas on one of four different types of foundations: a concrete slab, a wooden deck, pavers, or a spa pad. Each option has drawbacks and benefits, and which you choose will depend upon your budget, the design aesthetics in your yard, and even existing structures on your property.
Stunning Foundation: Place Your Hot Tub on Your Deck
Your hardwood deck is most likely a main gathering space and focal point of your yard. Adding a spa will make entertaining and relaxing convenient—not to mention it looks incredible. Whether you are constructing a new deck or placing your spa on an existing structure, be sure the deck can support the weight of a full hot tub (about 4,000 pounds) plus any existing furniture, barbecue grills, and, of course, friends and family. You’ll need to ensure your deck stays in tip-top shape year after year to support your spa by treating the wood with weatherproof stain and regularly inspecting the planks and supports for damage.
Versatile Foundation: Create a Versatile Oasis
Like a deck, your concrete patio might already be a popular party spot in your backyard.
You can ensure your spa has a durable, level surface by pouring a new solid slab in any location in your yard. Concrete slabs are one of the most popular choices for spa bases. They are affordable, durable, and aesthetically pleasing, especially if you choose colored concrete in a color that complements your hot tub or the décor in your yard.
Popular Foundation: Join the Paver Party
Patio pavers are a popular choice for building a new backyard entertaining space. They are versatile, affordable, and look fabulous, with nearly limitless choices in shape, style, and color. It should come as no surprise they also make an excellent hot tub foundation as long as they are installed on level ground.
Budget-Friendly option: Install a Spa Pad
Perhaps you don’t have a deck or a patio suitable for your spa, or you want to reserve that space for other types of entertaining, such as grilling and dining al fresco. A spa pad can create a solid base for your hot tub. A spa pad is affordable, durable, and aesthetically pleasing.
To opt for this type of hot tub foundation, you will need a solid foundation that isn’t prone to shifting. You can use a layer of sand or gravel beneath the pad to ensure it remains level. Spa pads need very little maintenance and provide a long-lasting surface for your hot tub.
Your hot tub is likely to provide years of relaxation and enjoyment. Consider your foundation options carefully and you’ll enjoy stress-free soaking for many years to come.
Ready to build a solid foundation of luxury in your backyard? Find everything you need to know about hot tub installation to get started now.