Find out how hot tub enclosures allow owners to enjoy their tub any time of the year, no matter the weather.
If you’ve ever wanted to relax with a glass of wine in your hot tub in the middle of a snowstorm, you know how frustrating it can be to have Mother Nature get in the way of your plans. If this scenario sounds all-too-familiar, a hot tub enclosure may be exactly what you need to protect your spa from the elements for year-round enjoyment.
What is a hot tub enclosure?
Just like it sounds, a hot tub enclosure is a partially or fully enclosed structure that will protect a hot tub from inclement weather conditions.
Many suppliers manufacture open hot tub gazebos that provide a roof structure to fit the exact dimensions of your spa. Other hot tub enclosures may include a screened-in gazebo with steps leading up to the hot tub or a fully enclosed spa shelter for the utmost in privacy.
Spa enclosures may be freestanding for use on a back patio or backyard concrete slab to hold larger hot tubs. Some hot tub enclosures may be mounted directly on top of a spa to provide both weather protection and privacy, while taking up less space than a freestanding shelter.
What type of hot tub enclosure is right for your climate?
Hot tub enclosure styles and designs will vary by manufacturer and can be used in a wide range of climates:
- Glass enclosure: A glass spa enclosure can also be used as a sunroom and provides the advantage of keeping heat in the in the winter and out in the summer; best used in warm to moderately cold climates.
- Open air lattice enclosure: A basic lattice enclosure will provide shelter atop a hot tub from rain and snow with open-air exposure to the elements; best used in milder climates with four seasons.
- All wood enclosure: A fully enclosed wood hot tub shelter is constructed from weather resistant materials; best used year-round in cold climates.
What upkeep do hot tub enclosures need?
A hot tub enclosure will require regular cleaning and maintenance to wipe down bacteria and moisture that may have accumulated after soaking in a spa. A fully enclosed hot tub shelter is even more likely to gather condensation that could corrupt materials over the long term; it’s recommended to wipe down and dry a spa enclosure after every use.
Even when used year-round, a hot tub enclosure should be properly ventilated to prevent steam and moisture from warping building materials. Ventilating a fully enclosed spa shelter after each use will keep mold and mildew from forming in a damp, contained environment.
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