Choosing where to put your hot tub is a big decision that requires critical thinking.
Here’s everything you need to take into consideration for optimal hot tub placement:
Delivery & Installation
No matter where you choose, you need to make sure it’s accessible by the delivery team. While cranes and other equipment can be used to lower your hot tub into less accessible areas, it’s not necessarily something most owners are interested in investing into. To make delivery and initial installation simple, and easy, think about the pathway from your driveway to the destination when deciding on the location. Look for common obstacles like fences and roofing overhangs, and ensure you have enough clearance beforehand to save money and time on the day of. Also, be sure to let the delivery team know of any stairs or disruptions in the pathway that might require added equipment and manpower.
When filled and ready for use, a hot tub is an extremely heavy object. Given the weight, you will need a strong, level surface to place it on. Simple paving stones can do the trick, but if you are looking to install your hot tub on your deck, be sure to check with a qualified contractor or structural engineer to ensure the total weight (with occupants) doesn’t exceed the structure’s weighted capacity.
Drainage & Maintenance
Easy access to your hot tub’s equipment is important for on-going maintenance throughout the lifetime of the tub. Therefore, wherever you choose, make sure that you can fully open the panel and you don’t need to move the hot tub or heavy obstacles to check on the mechanics and make simple repairs. You must also think about drainage and the damage this could cause to the surroundings. You will need to drain and re-fill your hot tub 3-4 time a year, and you’ll want a drainage channel that directs water away from the hot tub’s equipment, while also avoiding water damage to the rest of your backyard and home.
Comfort & Privacy
No matter what, your hot tub needs to be placed somewhere you love and feel comfortable in. That means you’ll want some privacy from the neighbours next door. Find a spot that keeps you shielded from prying eyes and offers you the perfect sanctuary and daily staycation right at home. If you place your hot tub under a large tree or overhanging plants, be warned that it will add maintenance due to falling leaves.
Ease of Use
Finally, one of the most important things we tell buyers is to place their hot tub no more than 10 – 15 feet away from an access point to their home. Why? On a cold winter night, or rainy fall day, are you really going to want to trek to other side of your backyard? Make your hot tub is as accessible as possible in any type of weather so it gets the most possible use. If you are worried about noise from the pumps, look for a hot tub model with a 24/7 filtration cycle, like the Beachcomber Hush Pump. These produce nearly no noise, as water is in a constant state of filtration, without adding to your energy or water care costs.
If you have any questions about installing a hot tub, always feel free to reach-out. A member of our team would be happy to talk you through the steps and answer any questions.