Have you been considering buying a new hot tub or in-ground spa for yourself or your entire family? They are nice to have and are a great addition to any backyard deck or patio area. Hot tubs are a wonderful way to unwind after a very hard days work, but they also are fun to have when partying with family and friends. Here are some helpful tips for buying a hot tub.
Buying a spa involves a few important decisions made long before you actually actually go and buy one. Before you decide what size tub you want you will first have to establish that you will have enough room to have it installed. In addition to the area that you will need you will want to also consider the aesthetics, where it will look the best and also it's accessibility. Privacy is another consideration, along with taking into consideration overhanging trees and bushes that may drop leaves into your tub.
Now that you know how much room you have you can choose the size of the tub according to how many people you will have using it at one time. When figuring the water you will use to fill it the general rule of thumb is to multiply the number of people by 75 gallons to get your total water capacity. If you are going to be installing the spa on your deck you will want to ensure it can withstand 100 to 150 lbs per square ft. If installing on the ground you will also want to lay down a cement slab that can withstand the above weight also.
Next is your budget for a hot spa tub. Generally a two person tub starts out around $ 3500 to $ 4000 and a six person tub at around $ 8000 to $ 10,000. You may want to consider a portable hot tub to invest in, they are made of vinyl and start out at a price of $ 2500. Dealers can give you an estimate of what it will cost on a monthly basis to operate the hot tub. It is a good idea to consider fully insulating the hot tub this will save you on energy costs.
You will need to decide on the material you want your hot spa to be made of. Most of the tubs you find today are made of acrylic, acrylic is easier to take care of and last much longer than the fiberglass ones. Hot Tubs that are made of wood, commonly cedar or redwood are absolutely beautiful but they do require much more cleaning and upkeep. Wooden round hot tubs do not offer the contoured seating like you find in the acrylic and fiberglass tubs.
So not that you have decided how big and what type of hot tub you want it is time to do a wet test. Visit your local showrooms and try some out before you buy one. Remember to dress for this accordingly, most companies all allow you to get in and try the different models. During this time be sure to pay close attention to the jets', their noise levels, the seating arrangements, are they comfortable? And of course be sure to consider the controls, are they easy to use and accessible?
Some other tips to keep in mind are the features and amenities of each hot spa. Will they add pleasure and will they reduce any worries? Some of these will be things like covers that lock with a key, this will keep children out and also help in keeping the tub clean from falling debris. Still others are thermostats for temperature control and safety switches for things like automatic shut off.
Once you have made your decision and are purchasing a hot tub be sure to cover all the specifics with the dealer about the delivery and the installation service. As for delivery do you simply want it delivered in you driveway and you will move it to it's location or do you want it brought to its designated location for you. When it comes to installation are you going to do this yourself of have the dealer do the installing? If you decide to have the dealer do the installation this can add an additional 5 to 10 percent to the cost of the hot tub, for many they find this a worthy investment because of the plumbing and electrical factors involved with installation.