Can You Put a Swim Spa on a Deck?
Swim spas are quickly gaining in popularity as their small size, low running costs and versatility are attractive to homeowners. While many urban backyards can just not accommodate the size of an in-ground swimming pool, a swim spa offers the perfect alternative. Great for exercising, enjoying a therapeutic massage and usable 365 days of the year, swim spas offer something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
As far as installation goes, swim spas can go pretty much anywhere that there is a flat, sturdy base. Most homeowners choose to locate their swim spas in their backyards, and many wonder if you can put a swim spa on a deck. As long as the deck is properly supported, this certainly can be done. However, there are some other installation options that you may not have considered yet. Keep reading below to find out more.
Raised Deck Installation
People often are attracted to the clean, seamless look of in-ground swimming pools. By using the option of a raised deck, you can help your swim spa have the same look as an in-ground pool. A swim spa, with a deck built completely around it, can be used as an extra recreation area to lounge and relax.
If planning to install a swim spa with a raised deck, make sure that you do your research. It is important that there are at least 3 feet of clearance space that is surrounding the swim spa. This is necessary in case the spa needs to be repaired or serviced.
If clearance space is an issue, an alternative is to use removable deck panels. These can be placed around the swim spa and taken off if it needs to be serviced.
Deck Edge Installation
An even easier way to get the look of a deck and swim spa is to do a deck edge installation. This is where you install your swim spa on a raised concrete pad on the ground and extend your deck to meet the edge. With this type of installation, it can be easier to access the swim spa and the deck doesn’t need the structural support required to support the additional thousands of pounds a swim spa would bring.
If you want to skip the deck, all you actually need to install your swim spa is a 6” level concrete base. This option provides a lot of flexibility as the spa can be placed near an entrance to your home, in a garden or somewhere on your lawn that offers a nice view. Another bonus to this type of installation is that it is typically a lot less expensive.
In the end, some people really just want a deck, and that is a great installation option. Make sure that you consult a licensed contractor to review and approve your plans to ensure that your deck will be able to properly support the weight of the swim spa as well as meet any required municipality standards.
To learn more about swim spa installation requirements, download a swim spa buyer’s guide.