Feel a Case of the Winter Blues Coming On?
A soak in a Jacuzzi or outdoor spa is rejuvenating at any time of the year, but in the winter, there’s no better remedy. Relaxing in the warmth with soothing jets massaging your tired muscles is something you might expect to do on vacation. But having this creature comfort at your back door, now that’s something to get excited about.
There are many home spa options available, today, but before running out to make your purchase, consider these 5 things when making your selection.
- What is the most important reason why you want an outdoor spa? Are you looking for a remedial spa for sports recovery or other health issues, an aesthetic spa, or a social spa?
- Remedial spas are made from fiberglass and composite materials and can be purchased off the shelf from a spa specialist. These spas have laid-back daybed-style seats, molded chairs and many more strategically positioned jets than a concrete-style spa. Remedial spas can be placed in many preexisting places, such as concrete, paved areas, crushed-rock bases, as well as on decks (The deck must be able to support the weight, however.)
- Aesthetic spas are often made of concrete integrated into a pool project, but they can also be built as an independent structure. If you have space, there are a lot of things you can do to make a concrete spa aesthetically pleasing by blending it into the landscape. However, concrete spas do have their downside. The equipment is independent and needs to be hidden; and, concrete spas don’t often offer molded seats and beds with as many jets as portable spas.
- Social spas. If you’re mostly after a social spa, you have the option of either portable or concrete. Placing a spa close to the main entertaining areas and adding other features such as built-in bench seats, fire pits, and outdoor bar will create the social atmosphere you are looking for.
- Safety – Know and understand pool regulations that apply to spas including fencing, access gates, ledges, covers, and placement. Also, spa installations require a building permit.
- What size spa do you need? How many people will be using it? If you need a spa for only two people, don’t get a huge tub, since you will need to run, heat and maintain it, all of which cost money. Go bigger if you entertain large groups or have a lot of relatives who like to visit.
- Consider all the hidden costs before committing to the purchase – Buying, installing and running a spa can be expensive. But there will be other costs such as the pool fence; also, portable spas often have to be craned in, which can be expensive.
- Special Features – There are some amazing spas around and you can have a lot of fun designing your own dream spa. Built-in decks and floating seats, glass mosaic tiles, and four-sided wet edges are features that can take your spa to another level. If you opt for a portable spa, you could always upgrade to a swim spa and add an off-the-shelf swim jet and a small plunge pool. There are plenty of features available.
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