Hot tubs are not just luxurious accessories that you can have for your home. They are actually fixtures that can provide you with therapeutic benefits. They are aimed at improving your health and promoting wellness. They can also be used to help you get relief from stress and pain caused by inflammation.
As a matter of fact, some experts recommend that patients with problems such as diabetes, arthritis, insomnia, hypertension as well as other common medical problems should have one installed at home. Unfortunately, a hot tub is not just literally heavy, it can also be very heavy on your budget.
This is why you need to be well prepared if you are thinking about investing in a bath tub. Aside from allocating a good budget for it, you should also consider where to put it. This is because the weight of the tub can cause areas or structures of your house that are not strong enough to collapse.
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One of the best ways for you to install a bathtub is to create a deck so that the whole family can easily enjoy using it whenever they want to. To do this, you need to have an idea where the deck should be made and how the hot tub should be positioned so that it will look good with the rest of the house.
When making a ground level bath tub, you can opt to use very thick concrete for its base and for the housing. Since the hot tub on its own already weighs a lot, you need to make sure that it is placed on a very even surface. If you want a deck for it, you will have to pay attention to the details of its structure.
Keep in mind that the hot tub has to hold a couple hundred gallons of water as well as around half a dozen individuals. If you will not be using a frame made out of strong wood or other materials, the deck can easily buckle or fold putting the tub and all of the people inside it in great danger.
With that in mind, you need to plan by calculating the load of a specific type of hot tub and you need to plan it very carefully. You should only use materials that can withstand around 100 to 300-psf loads. Some experts even recommend that you use the right wood specie to make beams and joists.
The weight of the hot tub depends mostly on how big or how small it is. The typical hot tub which is 8 feet long and 8 feet wide will usually weigh around 400- 600 pounds. There are also extra-large hot tubs that can easily weigh as much as 2,400 pounds without the water.
Small hot tubs on the other hand, which are 5 feet by 7 feet will typically weigh around 300 pounds. These are designed to hold 150 gallons of water. A tub that is 7.5 feet by 7.5 feet on the other hand can have a dry weight of 855 pounds. This one can hold as much as 420 gallons of water.
When buying or transporting a hot tub, you will have to consider its dry weight. So you can have it transported safely, you need to check its specifications and use machinery if possible. If your area is inaccessible to heavy machinery, you must use at least 4 or more people depending on the tub’s weight.
Installing the hot tub and making sure that it is usable on the other hand is an entirely different matter. This is because you will have to consider the weight of the water, the weight of all the people inside it as well as the weight of the pump and the rest of its fixtures.
To give you a good idea of how much the total weight of a hot tub is, you should know that a tub that has an area of 56 square feet can weigh as much as 5,655 pounds. This includes the weight of the water and as much as seven 185-pound individuals.
A tub that has a dry weight of 700 pounds on the other hand, can have a total weight of as much as 6,000 pounds. This includes the water, as well as six adults who have average weights. This is why having a structurally sound deck or base for the hot tub is of utmost importance.
The weight of the hot tub depends primarily on how big it is. You need to consider how much area it occupies and how deep it is. Another factor that can influence its weight is the materials used to make the tub. Different materials like fiberglass, acrylic or stainless steel will lead to different weights.
The typical weight of a regular-sized hot tub is around 400 – 600 pounds. Medium-sized ones can weigh as 855 pounds, while large ones can weigh 2,400 pounds or more. These are dry weights. As for the total weights, a full hot tub can easily weigh as much as 5,000 or more pounds.
If you want to make a deck outside your house for the hot tub, you need to consider making one that is strong enough to carry very heavy loads. Hot tubs, especially large ones, are big investments. To preserve them, you should implement a structurally sound plan as well as use the correct materials.
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