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What Is the Best Hot Tub Base?

The foundation below your hot tub has a big impact on its longevity and structural integrity. If you’re getting a new hot tub or updating your existing one, think carefully about the base you use. Let’s explore different hot tub foundations you can choose the best hot tub base for your home.

Concrete Is the Most Common and Most Dependable Hot Tub Base

Most hot tub bases are made of concrete. This is because concrete is durable, naturally slip-resistant, and able to support the immense weight of a hot tub.

How to Enhance Your Concrete Hot Tub Base

Concrete slabs don’t have to be boring. You can get a beautiful concrete slab that enhances your property, all while providing a reliable base for your hot tub. Here are a few ways to make concrete look better:

  • Add a concrete overlay to spruce up an existing concrete slab.
  • Get exposed aggregate concrete for a natural grip that looks beautiful with aged concrete.
  • Choose a stamped concrete hot tub base to get the look of stone, slate, or brick pavers.
  • Add a decorative border that plays off the colors on your hot tub.
  • Create a cohesive design for your hot tub base and hardscaping (patio, outdoor kitchen, retaining walls, etc.).
  • Get a personalized decorative concrete quote from N&M Restoration: (586) 350-5824.

If you’d like a quote before your new hot tub arrives, give us a call. We have quick turnaround times for most projects, so we can accommodate your schedule constraints.

Can I Put My Hot Tub on Dirt or Grass?

It is not wise to put a hot tub on grass or dirt. In fact, most hot tub companies will not deliver a hot tub under these conditions. Even a small hot tub weighs thousands of pounds once it’s filled with water. The hot tub will slowly sink into the ground, which will impact the way it functions.

The materials outside the hot tub are not design for prolonged moisture exposure. If the hot tub sinks into the ground, the water in the soil will wear away at those materials. Your hot tub base should be strong enough to support the weight of the hot tub, and it should be designed to drain water away from the area.

Other Options for Hot Tub Bases

If concrete isn’t right for you, there are other hot tub bases to consider. These include:

  • Gravel: The gravel needs to be layered for drainage, similar to what you might install below a brick paver patio.
  • Wood Decking: This will require more maintenance than concrete, but it is an option. Just make sure the deck is thoroughly inspected to ensure it can support the weight of the hot tub.
  • Premade Hot Tub Base: A premade hot tub base is a good option if you’re pressed for time. This requires less demolition/construction than other options, but it’s not customized for your property. Pricing and sizing varies widely across the market.

To schedule a quote for a decorative concrete hot tub base, contact N&M Restoration at (586) 350-5824.