For most individuals, purchasing a hot tub spa, also known as a gazebo, a hot spa or a Jacuzzi, is a first time event. This makes it quite a daunting undertaking, because they are not cheap and there are numerous variables.
You have to do research on the different types of jets, the power of the pump that is best for you, the location, whether to install a deck around it or not et cetera, et cetera. In this piece, we will take a look at a few of these points to make buying a hot tub easier for you.
The first thing to think about is size. This normally depends on two items: where you are going to locate the hot tub and how many individuals are going to be using it at a time. If you are hoping to situate it above the ground floor inside your home, you will have to check the weight of the spa whilst it is full of water and people to see whether your floor will take that weight without reinforcement. If the climate is good where you live, the garden is the best area to put it.
The next deliberation is price. There is a vast choice of hot tubs and a wide span of prices too. If you find that the price of a new hot tub is just out of your range, what about purchasing a second hand one?
There is quite a large second hand market in Jacuzzis because hotels, health spas and some home owners have to renew their models. You may get lucky enough to find rather a luxurious second hand model for less than the price of a new cheap one. Ask at a local installer’s for details.
The next consideration is the material that the actual tub is manufactured from. This is not inevitably the same as the housing or cabinet that surrounds the tub. Traditional-style hot tubs are made from local hardwoods such as cedar, oak, redwood or teak, but they are weighty and leak a bit.
Contemporary materials used are a mixture of plastic and fibreglass moulded into comfortable seating arrangements. They are lighter and do not leak (or should not).
Then you can think about the housing. Is the hot tub spa going to be on its own somewhere or is it going to be built in? if you are going to build it in, what are you going to build it into? A deck? Hardwood, softwood, concrete and tiles?
Then there is the general maintenance of the tub. This is not difficult but it is essential, so when you are building your tub into something, remember that you will need access to various parts of it. Read the manual of the tub that you buy to learn which parts will need maintenance and cleaning.
Normally, this involves cleaning the jets, adding chemicals to the water, changing filters and maybe renewing a gasket on the pump, which could be assigned to an engineer in an annual service deal.