indoor hot tub installation

Questions to Answer Before an Indoor Hot Tub Installation

March 10 2017

Indoor Hot Tub Installation

Today’s homeowners are always looking for ways to improve their home’s resale value – and that is certainly wise. For some who can afford it, adding a luxury upgrade can not only add tremendous value, but can be enjoyable as well. One of the most common luxury upgrades considered is an indoor hot tub installation.

There are many reasons why an indoor hot tub is more complex to install than an outdoor hot tub. Whether it’s an indoor hot tub installation in an existing space or a new construction, before you start to shop, there are some important questions you should answer first.

Do you have adequate space?
Finding the space for the hot tub may be challenging – especially in an existing bathroom. The space issue may force you to delete closet or open floor space to accommodate the hot tub’s extra width or length.

If you’re dealing with a new construction, you’ll need to plan within the size of the bathroom layout and choose what direction you wish the tub to face. It’s obviously nicer if the hot tub is placed near a window, instead of a blank tile wall.

What type of model is practical?
There are several hot tub models to choose from. These tubs come in many shapes and sizes and feature multiple spa options, such as air bubbles, heated water jets, or gentle massaging flow jets.

The type of hot tub you choose will depend on what your usage preferences are. Some hot tubs are freestanding and sit in the middle of a bathroom, some are simple standard sizes and fit where your tub used to be, some are made to fit the corner of a room, some are built for two or more people – the choices are endless.

Is the bathroom flooring secure to walk on when wet?
If your bathroom floor is made of wood, tile or any other very slippery surface – you may need to consider another option. You’ll want floor material that maintains good traction and drainage when excessively wet.

Will your drywall be affected by humidity?
Keeping a tight-fitting cover does keep moisture in the hot tub, but when the lid comes off and you turn it on, the room steams up fast. Drywall is not the best choice for a bathroom with a hot tub, but if there’s no other alternative (like cement, glass or cedar wood), then be sure to use the water-resistant drywall made for bathrooms.

Do you have properly vented air circulation?
Hot tubs create an intense amount of humidity, so you will need to have a pretty powerful, quiet vent fan that will run while the hot tub is in operation. Humidity will cause your walls to dry rot if it can’t escape the room.

If you have any other concerns before you begin your indoor hot tub installation, stop by and speak to the experts in our showroom who can provide guidance and help you make the right hot tub choices.