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Adding A Hot Tub
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Hot tubs are a wonderful addition to any home, offering an array of benefits. Not only do they offer improved health, but they also help to increase social opportunities and bring immense enjoyment all year round. If you are considering adding a hot tub or spa, to your deck or backyard there are several factors that should be taken into consideration.

Hot tub installation requires a lot of planning. The first two things that should be considered include the location and the proper structural support. You can choose to have your hot tub located either in doors or out doors. Keep in mind, however, that if you install your hot tub outdoors you will need it to be supported by a slab of concrete. Other surfaces may settle over time and damage the functionality of your hot tub. In addition, indoor hot tubs require sufficient ventilation.

The next factors to consider are the installation requirements which include an electrical circuit, gas line, plumbing and a pad for the tub to sit on. Also, keep in mind that if you are installing your hot tub on an existing deck, you will most likely need to hire an engineer to design additional support to accommodate the weight of the hot tub.

Adding a hot tub also creates the need for extra seating, lighting, and possible shelter. Consider building some benches around your hut tub to accommodate to the crowd of people it may attract. You will also need a certain amount of lighting to ensure safety during the night.

In addition, consider building some sort of a shelter over your hot tub to protect it from outside weathering such as winds, rain, and sun. Sheltering your hot tub will also keep out small animals and insects. You will be able to fully enjoy your experience all year round.

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