Choosing an enclosure for your hot tub

November 3, 2015

When selecting an enclosure for your hot tub, things need to be considered, such as upkeep and usage of a hot tub. Here are details of things to think about when choosing a hot tub enclosure.

Choosing an enclosure for your hot tub

Sizing the enclosure

  • The manufacturer of your hot tub will specify the smallest enclosure that can be used. However, you may want to consider choosing a larger hot tub enclosure and making it a more versatile space.
  • A larger enclosure can accommodate seating for people not using the hot tub, as well as offer space to stash towels, robes and other useful items. In a large enclosure, you can create a complete spa with lounge chairs, coffee tables and more.

Fully enclosed vs. partially enclosed

  • Partially enclosed gazebos allow you to enjoy nature while being shaded from the sun. However, they don't provide the protection from wind, cold, insects and debris that a fully enclosed structure offers.
  • Fully enclosed structures are also safer because they can deter children from entering. These structures are usually more expensive, but they can also allow you to use your hot tub more often.
  • Upscale options are insulated and can be heated for year-round use.

Picking the primary enclosure material

  • Hot tub enclosures are made of wood, metal, plastic and glass. Wood enclosures, which are the most popular option, are usually made from cedar to prevent rot. You can also choose oak, pine or another wood if it is properly sealed.
  • Metal and plastic enclosures are both easier to maintain than wood gazebos, but both will still need occasional work. Plastic gazebos may fade and metal gazebos may need to be repainted depending on the finish chosen.
  • Glass gazebos will require significant cleaning and will have reduced privacy. Also, secondary material used in a glass gazebo will also affect the amount of upkeep required.

Choosing the flooring

  • Partially enclosed structures may not have any flooring included. Most fully enclosed structures do have flooring to prevent insects from entering the structure.
  • Wood flooring is a common choice, but it can be damaged if it is exposed to water regularly.
  • Tile flooring is easier to maintain and can be heated, but it is more difficult to install. Most tile floors will require that a foundation is poured for the enclosure.

Selecting a style

  • It's a good idea to try to match your enclosure's style with the architecture of your existing home to create a cohesive backyard. However, with the right plantings and backyard decor, you can integrate any style of structure into your yard.
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