What Hot Tub Deck Material is Best?
Updated: Jul 8
Hot tubs are a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. But when it comes to choosing the suitable deck material for your hot tub installation, there are a few things to consider. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of deck materials available and which one is best for hot tubs. When it comes to hot tub decks, there are several options available. The most popular types of decks include wood, composite, and PVC. Each type has advantages and disadvantages that should be considered when deciding which is best for your Northern Hot Tub. In terms of the deck posts, deck frame and structure, pressure-treated lumber is commonly used due to its weather-resistant and rot-resistant properties. Any deck material can be applied to the frame and structure.
Wood Hot Tub Decks
Wood decks are the most traditional option when it comes to hot tubs. It’s also the most affordable option and can be easily customized to fit any size or shape of the hot tub. However, if not properly maintained, wood can be prone to warping and rotting over time. It also may stain from hot tub water splash out. It also requires regular staining or sealing to protect it from water damage. Wood decks have a natural look and can provide many years of hot tub enjoyment at the lowest initial cost if taken care of.
Composite Hot Tub Decks
Composite deck material is made from wood fibres and plastic polymers, making it more durable than a traditional wood deck. It’s also resistant to rot, mould, mildew, and insect damage, making it an ideal choice for hot tubs. Composite decks resist staining from hot tub water splash out that contains hot tub chemicals to keep the water safe and clean. Composite decking is also low maintenance as it doesn’t require staining or sealing as wood does. However, composite can be more expensive than other decking materials, so it may not be the best choice if you’re on a budget.
PVC Hot Tub Decks
PVC decking is made from a combination of plastic and vinyl materials, making it highly durable and low maintenance. It’s also resistant to rot, mould, mildew, and insect damage, making it an ideal choice for hot tubs and other outdoor applications such as patios or decks. PVC decks also resist hot tub water splash-out stains, as previously mentioned. PVC is also very affordable compared to other decking materials, so it may be the best choice if you’re on a budget but still want something that will resist stains and last for years.
Building Codes & Permits
When deciding which type of decking is best for your hot tub, several factors should be considered, including cost, durability, maintenance requirements, aesthetics, etc. and if you are planning on adding a hot tub gazebo on your hot tub deck be sure to reinforce the deck where the support posts land. Ultimately though, the best type of decking will depend on your individual needs and preferences, so take some time to research each type before making your final decision. And in closing, we highly recommend that your hot tub deck is built to meet or exceed local building codes and be sure to apply for a building permit if and when required.