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Selecting Your Spa or Hot Tub

Considerations for Buying a Hot Tub or Spa in Santa Cruz

There are a lot of reasons to consider buying a hot tub or spa. Some people like them for the social aspects. Others want to unwind after work. They have therapeutic value too, easing pain from aching joints and muscles.

Spa & Family Bubbling with Joy

Spa & Family Bubbling with Joy

Buying a hot tub can add a lot of value to your home, and there are a lot of options suitable for just about every budget. Choosing the right hot tub really depends on your space and your goals for using the spa, and your personal style preferences.

How Will You Use Your Spa?

Spas can be small, allowing for a couple to soak, or they can be large enough to have 7 or 8 people or more enjoying the water at the same time. Therefore knowing how you plan to use your hot tub or spa can help guide your selection.

If you like to have a lot of friends over you might want a larger tub that might not be as deep.Winter hot tubbing photo by LArs Plougmann, on flickr

On the other hand, if you primarily are looking for a place to soak your joints and muscles, you want one that is an appropriate depth, and possibly with jets a specific heights.

Will your spa be used all year long or seasonally? Do you want to shield the spa from neighbors or other parts of your own yard? Strategic placement may be all you need, or you might want a privacy fence or special spa gazebo.in the hot tub photo by Lynn B, on flickr

While most hot tubs are placed outdoors and can be used year round, some people like to have their spa experience indoors. If you choose to have your spa inside a fully enclosed space there are other considerations, such as reducing the moisture in the room.

Style Preference

Today there are portable hot tubs that may be what you need, especially if you are renting or anticipate moving in a couple of years.

hot tub by a lake photo by Andrei Niemimäki on flickr Some people like the old fashioned wooden hot tubs, but most of today’s spas are made from acrylic or a similar material. With this material you can get a hot tub in a variety of colors and sizes.

If you like the idea of climbing up into the hot tub do you have an existing deck that you want your new spa to sit upon? What type of skirting do you like? You can have the skirt complement your housing style, simulating wood or even stone.

Would you rather step down into your spa? If so then you need to consider if you already have an existing deck or if you will build around it.

Refurbished Spa Installed

Other Spa Features to Consider

One thing that every spa owner should have is a cover. This helps keep in the heat and saves you money.

Most spas will come with a cover but you might want to look into a different type of cover depending on where you place your spa and what your goals are. For example, if you plan on using the spa alone that you can easily remove the cover and replace it by yourself.hot tub photo by Jennifer C on flickr

Your spa will last you many years, but you may need to replace the cover. Properly maintaining the cover will help keep it in good shape and keep your heating costs down. A poorly maintained cover will let the heat out and your expenses will go up.

Safety is very important when installing your spa. You might wantstairs and a handrail if you plan on climbing into a hot tub, or a handrail for stepping down into a spa.

New or Refurbished?

Many people want to buy a brand new spa, and that is great. But not everyone realizes they can actually buy a refurbished spa that will do the job just as well.

Other people think they have to replace their entire spa because one part has failed after many, many years of use. That is tossing out the baby with the bath water! We have helped numerous families continue to enjoy their beloved spa while saving money by refurbishing their spa equipment.

Whatever your goals or budget, at Surf City Pool Spa and Solar, we can set you up with the spa that will allow you to party to your heart’s content, relax after a hard day, or ease those aching bones.