After you have purchased your hot tub, you may be thinking hard about where to install your hot tub. It needs to be located on a sturdy base, blend in with its surroundings, and of course, help improve the look of your home. It is essential it is located on a sturdy base due to how heavy a hot tub can be. After you add the water and bathers, it can quickly reach thousands of pounds in weight. The ground should also be level. Without a level ground, the weight can put pressure on the shell of your tub causing damage.
These are just a few reasons why quality materials and professional hands are essential in making sure you meet all safety standards. Considering these many factors, a concrete slab that is 6” thick is typically recommended. However, pavers are also a popular option. They come in many options, allowing you to find a style that blends in with your personal taste.
Sitting a Hot Tub on Pavers
Pavers can be an attractive option for a hot tub, but there are a few disclaimers you should consider. The main factor to consider is raised pavers which can cause problems at the base and put stress on the hot tub shell. To avoid this issue, select pavers that are smooth and interlock so there is a flat surface.
If a concrete slab is not going to be beneath the pavers, gravel or sand need to be included to support the hot tub’s weight. Be sure to consult a structural engineer or professional contractor to help properly balance the hot tub. If you were to go the DIY route you risk damaging the structural integrity of your hot tub. When your pavers are set, sand or gravel need to be placed as a buffer between the pavers. This secures the pavers and allows them to lock into place.
If you have your heart set on uneven pavers, know they can still be used. Rather than putting your hot tub on top of the pavers, place it on level concrete then surround the hot top with the preferred pavers. This is a fantastic way to still get the look you want safely.
What Types of Pavers Are There?
- Concrete: A common paver which is weatherproof, versatile, and sturdy.
- Brick: Provides a great classic and smooth look. Also, it is durable and will last for a long time.
- Rubber: Typically constructed from recycled materials and have a natural non-slip surface.
- Cobblestone: Traditionally constructed from natural stones, it can give a great old world or European look.
- Flagstone: This material is cut from a stone quarry. It is durable, does not absorb heat, and bathers can walk barefoot on the material.
If you have other concerns about installing your hot tub over pavers, it is best to work with your local hot tub dealer. They will be able to provide you with detailed information on how to create a safe location for your new tub.
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