Many different materials can be placed under a hot tub, from pavers stones to reinforced decking and more. But which one is better for your space and hot tub? Below, we will provide you with what you need to know about the best materials to give your hot tub the structural support it needs.
Choosing the Best Material For Under Your Hot Tub
Before installing your hot tub, it’s important to ensure you’ve planned what materials will be placed underneath to provide it with the safety and stability it needs. For example, many spa owners will choose to have a concrete pad installed at least 4 inches thick. Other options include gravel beds, compact soil, reinforced deck or stone pavers. Regardless of which option you choose, it’s just important to ensure that the hot tub has a levelled, strong base to rest upon. By choosing a reinforced deck or a concrete pad, for example, you can be sure that your hot tub will last for many years to come. However, because there are so many options available on the market, it’s always a good idea to reach out to a spa dealer near you
if you’re unsure which would be best for you, your home, and the specific hot tub model you’ve chosen.
Choosing Reinforced Decking For Under Your Hot Tub
In many cases, choosing reinforced decking that is less than two feet off the ground means you probably won’t need any other additional support. Although it’s very important to consider the fact that hot tubs will be significantly more weight with water and people in them, a low deck will likely be able to support it without any issues. However, if you’re having a higher deck installed, the less weight it can hold without having additional support systems put in place. This isn’t to say that you can’t still have a deck that’s more than two feet off the ground to support your hot tub; however, it’s a great idea to reach out to a professional for assistance if you do. They will be able to provide you with the insight you need to have peace of mind that it can support your hot tub the way it needs to.
Choosing Paver Stones For Under Your Hot Tub
When selecting the paver stones to put under your hot tub, you should remember that you’ll need to select ones without any ridges. After finding the perfect ones for your space (which you can always have a professional do for you instead), you’ll need to have a hole about 4 to 6 inches deep before levelling the ground, putting sand or gravel in and then placing the stones down. It’s important to ensure you take the necessary steps here so that the stones don’t wobble. Here are a few benefits of choosing to use these stones;
- They provide greater support than any other material, including wood.
- They’re easy enough to move if you need maintenance work.
- They’re fast and easy to install and can be in place within hours.
Many great options are available for materials to place under your hot tub. While some might provide better support than others, a professional can provide the insight you need to ensure it’s the right fit for your home and hot tub.
Additionally, to learn more about choosing your ideal hot tub, download our free buyer’s guide.