Hot Tub Buying Guide
Support your hot tub on a deck
It's ideal. A hot tub on the deck. What a relaxing scene. But let's take into consideration the reality of it all. A hot tub is full of water. Water is very heavy and decks are elevated. So you must be sure that the deck is able to support the weight of a full tub. The restrictions vary by local ordinances so you want to check your local codes for your area. Installing a spa on a deck is a great idea, just be sure to do it right and to do it safely.
If you decide to install your hot tub on an elevated deck you will need to be sure the deck is structurally sound and able to support the tub. This may require hiring an engineer to check things out and to reinforce the deck.
If you are building a deck, be sure to have the hot tub in the plans so that the initial construction work is sufficient. Keep in mind that the tub will need to have access to an electrical outlet. You will want fairly easy access to water. Also consider the route to the tub from the house. You will want to be sure to make it accessible, especially on chilly nights when you won't want to be traipsing through cold and snow to get to the tub. Consider the exposure to sun, wind, and neighbors when deciding where to locate your tub on the deck. It's much easier to plan it all out beforehand than to make changes after construction or even just the placement of the tub.
If you have a multi-tiered deck, it may be easiest and safest to put the hot tub on the lowest level. You will still need to confirm that the construction of the deck meets code for the installation of a hot tub. You may decide to place your hot tub on a concrete patio just off your deck. The pad will fully support the tub and its weight. The deck can be extended to surround the tub making it seem as if it is part of the deck itself. This assures the support of the tub and the aesthetic look of enjoying your deck and tub together.
Whatever you decide, be sure your hot tub is safely installed. A hot tub is supposed to help alleviate the stress of the day. A good plan enacted can insure that you have that rest and relaxation you desire at the end of a long day.