Although it can be handy to have an inflatable or portable hot tub in your arsenal, putting it on a solid and stable surface is an important requirement. You can have the perfect house or location and still not have a place that would be ideal for an inflatable hot tub. Doing a little bit of scouting beforehand gives you a good idea of where you want to put it originally, as well as some other great spots that you may want to move it to. Having multiple location available gives you plenty of options as a consumer to move around as you see fit whether for parties, a get together, BBQ’s, or just a simple soak in hot water. It only takes a little time to figure out the best spots, and if you’re on the road a lot it is a good exercise to get you used to finding the perfect spot. So below is a guide on the most ideal surfaces to place your inflatable hot tubs and protect your purchase.
Indoor Hot Tubs
Starting with indoor spots, look at the area you choose and make sure that it is on a surface that can handle the weight. This includes the spa, the water in it and the people that will be in the spa. This is easily over 1,000 pounds when you add it all up. A small thing to think about that can be missed is drainage, which is something that you will need on the spot you choose inside so that it won’t collect in the cracks or seals of your floor, creating damage.
With some of these checks in place, the main thing with installing it on the inside of your house is not worrying about access to a plug. Installing a hot tub on the inside of your house means that you will have better access to a plug more than if you installed it outside. But with all of the moisture in the area that will collect, you need a setting that allows some of that to escape.
Think of a setting that can handle steam and moisture, especially since you could easily put it in an area where that type of environment can be harmed by the hot tub. To combat that possible damage, install proper ventilation in the area if you don’t already have something installed. The most ideal situation for an inside install is near a location with a floor drain that will catch all of the splashed water.
Outdoor Hot Tubs
An outdoor install is the most popular for an inflatable hot tub, and also provides the most configurable options. If starting with an outdoor install, always make sure there is a plug nearby or that the hot tub will have access to a spot with a plug. This can easily be missed, and cause some frustration if you have to run a long wire across the area. An important aspect of installing your hot tub outside is that the surrounding area have some kind of walkway that prevents users from collection debris on their feet.
A lot of the materials you’ll see floating in the water is actually from users walking on surfaces outside of the area and then bringing it into the hot tub. Since the most customizable option for installing hot tubs is outside, there are a lot of options to choose from. Brands make available prefabricated spa pads that offer an alternative to poured concrete. The system is usually interlocking, and they work together seamlessly in almost a Minecraft-like experience. Three pads are sold per carton, and two cartons make a platform that measures 8×8.
If you want to go for the more natural look, settling for gravel is a good way to go. It could also create a very specific setting if you include a stepping stone walkway to prevent the rocks from getting into the pool from a guests feet. Going with this method also makes it easier to set something up for water drainage.
Getting into more expensive options would lead you to poured concrete slab. This also has the least amount of maintenance attached to it, but also comes with some very strict building guidelines. Make sure that it is at least 4 inches thick and has a weight capacity of at least 115 pounds per square foot. There is code to follow, and there is also the get it right the first time mentality. Luckily a lot of homeowners may already have this setup in their backyard, leading them to just measuring and making sure that everything will work as is. For others it is an expensive setup that shouldn’t be the first option when placing a hot tub outside.
Paver stone borrows from the expensive traits of concrete slab but follows the beauty traits of gravel. Much like gravel it is also a possible DIY project, and one that will have great benefits for consumers with creative minds.
Lastly is another one of the more popular options, and that is none other than the deck setup. The great thing about this is it makes the hot tub the centerpiece of the area while also having a perfect setup to prevent guests from tracking debris in the pool. If the deck is raised it handles water incredible well, keeping you from having to worry about drainage around the hot tub. It’s not uncommon to also see a BBQ grill on the deck right where the hot tub and party is at. Besides being one of the more celebrated options, it can also be one of the more expensive ones if you don’t already have a deck. For people already in the process of building a deck that don’t have a hot tub, they’ll enjoy the versatility once they make the purchase.
With all of the stable places to put an inflatable hot tub or spa you’ll spend more time relaxing than stressing over the install. Just check out some of the guidelines listed when placing your hot tub and you’ll be in good hands whether you’re home or away.