Learn How To Build A Hot Tub Shelter In Simple Steps

If you are somebody who already owns a hot tub, you certainly are familiar with all the benefits of spending a few pleasant hours outside while socialising and getting a therapeutic massage. But, have you ever considered whether or not a shelter would be a good idea?

Hot tub outdoor

Shelters have a lot of advantages. They are excellent for keeping outdoor hot tubs protected from the weather. They also give privacy and can improve the whole hot-tub experience by allowing you to use your tub at any time of day or year. So, if you’re thinking about it, continue reading for our best advice on how to build your own shelter and what benefits you get in return.

Benefits of shelters

1. Weather protection

Any shelter comes with the added benefit of shielding your garden hot tub from the outside elements. For instance, when it rains, spa pumps must be covered because they are not rainproof. 

Although sheltering an inflatable hot tub will keep water, wind, and sun from harming it, you’ll still want to make sure the insulated hot tub cover is properly secured to keep the inside nice and cosy.

2. Privacy

Gardens in densely populated suburban regions are sometimes overlooked by their neighbours.
Placing a shelter can add a layer of seclusion, keeping the hot tub and your relaxing time, laying on your bath pillow, hidden from prying eyes while still allowing simple and easy access.

3. Yearly use

Simply put, you won’t be affected by the weather, no matter how hot or cold it is, once you have shelter over your head. Winter will be one of the finest times to use your hot tub. You may even put in patio heaters to extend your outdoor living experience.

4. Aesthetics

Gazebo and pergola designs are beautiful additions to any garden, and they can be used to shelter hot tubs, but they are more expensive. As the plants around it become accustomed to it, they will eventually grow over the trellis, providing you with a shaded area to enjoy.

What to consider before starting your project

House with hot tub deck outdor

When building a shelter for your hot tub, there are a few things to keep in mind, including:

1. Ventilation

If you want to house your hot tub inside a structure, keep in mind that it will produce a lot of moisture. As a result, it’s critical to choose a design that includes adequate ventilation and ensures that the wood has been made and treated to prevent moisture damage, or else this might quickly become a problem. 

2. Quality

Shelters that are badly made or installed might put you and your family in danger. Buying a ready-made shelter from a rogue supplier or having it installed by a rogue builder could put you in financial trouble and leave you out of money.

Even if you’re a seasoned DIYer, you should think hard about choosing the right quality materials and getting everything right. 

3. Materials

One of the decisions you’ll have to make when designing your shelter is the material that will be used. You will normally have the option of choosing between plastic, metal, or wood for your project

While many people choose a hardwood hot tub gazebo design due to its more natural appearance and lower cost, plastic or metal gazebo shelters are typically easier to clean and maintain.

If you go for a wooden shelter, you’ll have a lot of wood options to choose from. Pine and oak, for example, are popular heavy-duty materials that can be polished or painted to create a natural-looking DIY hot tub shelter.

4. Utilities

Another thing to think about is the supply of electricity to your hot tub. You will want to make sure that there is enough power to operate the hot tub, as well as at least one additional outlet to power lamps or other gadgets you may add to the shelter while relaxing.

5. Consider the type of shelter

When it comes to planning the hot tub enclosure, you’ll need to decide on the type of shelter you want to build. Do you want to merely cover your hot tub with a roof, or do you want to build a complete enclosure that offers maximum privacy and protection from the outside?

The extent to which you want to safeguard your hot tub will have a direct impact on the cost of building and the length of time it will take to complete.

You can also build a foundation with a roof and then build half walls or use a privacy screen to line the outside of the shelter to achieve a compromise between a simple roof shelter and a total four-wall type of enclosure.

This will give you some protection from insects and bad weather while still allowing you to build a cheap shelter for your hot tub. These are 5 different shelter design ideas for you to consider:

Hot tube inside a gazeebo

1. Wooden hot tub shelter

A wooden shelter is one of the most commonly used shelters to protect your hot tub from the weather. These can be in the form of a ready-made garden gazebo or a custom-made shelter that you create yourself. 

Wooden pergolas are a particularly attractive option, and even if you decide to remove your hot tub, the space beneath the pergola may be used for garden furniture.

2. Hot tub sail shade

A sail shade is one of the most attractive solutions to protect your hot tub while also providing you with a unique decorative feature. They’re light, stylish, and ideal for keeping the sun at bay. 

Sail shades, on the other hand, aren’t designed to keep you dry in the rain, so any exceptionally bad, rainy weather could ruin your pleasure.

3. Pop up hot tub gazebo

If you’re planning a party and it’s supposed to rain, a pop-up hot tub gazebo is the perfect solution. 

It is easy to put together, taking less than 15 minutes with two people, making it one of the most versatile hot tub gazebo ideas. You can use bitumen shingles to protect the roof of your gazebo.

4. Hot tub canopy

Hot tub canopies provide similar benefits to the wooden gazebo, but they are not as huge. 

They will offer full protection from the outside elements and they are a perfect solution in the winter. Just make sure the ground is prepared for any slight water spills.

5. Hot tub parasol

Using a parasol as a shelter is a simple solution that is the least invasive to your problem with an uncovered hot tub. It is great for shielding you from the sun’s harmful rays, but it will also protect you from light rain. 

If you choose this type of shelter, make sure you get a parasol large enough to cover your entire hot tub and plan out where you’ll put it first.

How to build a hot tub shelter step-by-step

Learn how to make your own shelter by following these easy steps:

Man checks a modern hot tub shelter

1. Drill the posts

First and foremost, you must determine where the posts of your hot tub cover will be placed in the ground. 

Remember to provide enough overhang for the shelter to cover the entire hot tub, as well as any extra coverage for getting in and out.

Next, drill four holes, each at least 60 cm deep, into which your side posts will be inserted. To keep the bottoms of your posts from deteriorating over time, paint or stain them using a wood stain.

2. Attach the side battens and posts 

Place the posts in the ground and use hammer plugs to secure the side beams and battens. To ensure stability and strength, your side beams should be fixed in place with metal brackets. 

Always use a spirit level to adjust your structure, and once you’re certain that everything is level, fill around the posts with quick-set concrete.

3. Place the intermediate posts 

Now it’s time to put the intermediate posts in place. Make sure a post is placed every 75 cm. For the posts, you can use spruce or hardwood battens.

4. Attach the polycarbonate to the shelter 

Place the polycarbonate sheets on the shelter and secure them in place. Make sure each panel is parallel to the side beams and completely positioned. Drill holes in the side beams and use rubber rings to secure the screws every 25 cm

Cover the first panel with your H-profile and secure it with screws. Slide the second panel into the H-profile and secure it in place. 

Continue until your shelter is completely covered. Make sure the screws aren’t overtightened. You will know the screw is tight enough if the rubber ring is snug against the panel.

5. Ensure that your shelter is tight and firm

Obviously, you will want to make sure your shelter is sturdy, firm and free standing. Use a good quality adhesive to seal the edge along the H-profiles. 

Before you seal the panels, make sure they’re grease-free. Use a soft cloth and a professional plastic cleaner.

Finally, on the lower side, you can build a gutter to collect rainfall. With gutter brackets, attach your gutter to the front of the beam, and the drainpipe to the posts. 

Young woman relaxing in the hot tub

Your new hot tub shelter is now ready for year-round use! You can sit there now, relax and enjoy your outdoor space, regardless of the weather. Not only will the shelter protect your hot tub, but it will also give your garden real character!

Next project: How to clean a hot tub.

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