Atlanta’s winters may not be Midwestern cold, but let’s not kid ourselves. It can get downright chilly. And, when temperatures drop, there’s no better way to “blow off steam” than in a hot tub on your wood deck. If you’re interested in taking the plunge, here are some things to consider:
1. Location. Location. Location. If your deck is on the smaller side, place your tub 12 inches from a house wall to allow for adequate room to lift up the cover and ensure air circulation. For larger decks, locate the tub about 17 inches from the wall to achieve the same effect as described for smaller decks.
3. Make it accessible. It’s a simple fact. The closer the spa is to a door leading into the house, the more it will be used. But first consider how you will use the spa. Will you use it mostly to entertain friends or for family including kids? Is it for unwinding? Whatever the main use, the location and design should reflect it.
4. Structural support is key. This step is mission critical and the best reason to use experienced professionals (like Atlanta Decking) to incorporate your hot tub onto your deck. Factors that impact the type of framing required include tub dimensions, dry weight, water capacity and suggested occupancy.
5. Check out your spa water fairly regularly. If you go a week or more without using your hot tub, take a field trip to your unit, lift the cover and have a look. Is the water at the set temperature? Does your control panel display any codes that require your attention? By taking these easy steps, your hot tub will be ready for you when you are ready for it.
Whether you are planning on adding a hot tub to your existing deck or incorporating it into a new design, Atlanta Decking is ready, willing and able to lend our expertise to ensure you get the most enjoyment from your personal spa. Give us a call at 770-781-4641 or a FREE deck consultation.