A hot tub is a big addition to any backyard. That’s why taking some time to plan your installation is so critical. If you’re thinking of having your tub sunken into a deck, there’s a few key things to consider beforehand.
The safest and most cost-effective way to do this kind of installation is to have the tub sit on a concrete pad on the ground. This requires the deck to be no higher than 4 feet off of the ground.
If you want the tub on a deck more than a few feet above ground, things get a little more complicated. To start, you’ll have to hire a structural engineer to make sure the deck can support the weight of a filled hot tub. You’ll then have to consider how much of the tub you want exposed above the deck. This depends on preference, however you’ll need to have at least enough room exposed for the tub’s lip.
When planning any hot tub installation, the first thing to consider is how it’s going to be powered. Hot tubs require a nearby source of electricity, and because water is involved, any electrical hookup for a tub must include a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
Although getting in and out of a hot tub can get more difficult as we get older, sinking the tub into your deck relieves a lot of the hassle. To create the safest possible installation, have the tub exposed about 12”-20” above the decking. This allows the tub to be very visible and prevents the potential danger of tripping. Also, be sure to always use a hot tub cover when young children are playing around the tub.