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Enjoy your spa year-round with hot tub enclosures

Find out how hot tub enclosures allow owners to enjoy their tub any time of the year, no matter the weather.

If you’ve ever wanted to relax with a glass of wine in your hot tub in the middle of a snowstorm, you know how frustrating it can be to have Mother Nature get in the way of your plans. If this scenario sounds all-too-familiar, a hot tub enclosure may be exactly what you need to protect your spa from the elements for year-round enjoyment.

What is a hot tub enclosure?

Just like it sounds, a hot tub enclosure is a partially or fully enclosed structure that will protect a hot tub from inclement weather conditions.

Many suppliers manufacture open hot tub gazebos that provide a roof structure to fit the exact dimensions of your spa. Other hot tub enclosures may include a screened-in gazebo with steps leading up to the hot tub or a fully enclosed spa shelter for the utmost in privacy.

Spa enclosures may be freestanding for use on a back patio or backyard concrete slab to hold larger hot tubs. Some hot tub enclosures may be mounted directly on top of a spa to provide both weather protection and privacy, while taking up less space than a freestanding shelter.

What type of hot tub enclosure is right for your climate?

Hot tub enclosure styles and designs will vary by manufacturer and can be used in a wide range of climates:

  • Glass enclosure: A glass spa enclosure can also be used as a sunroom and provides the advantage of keeping heat in the in the winter and out in the summer; best used in warm to moderately cold climates.
  • Open air lattice enclosure: A basic lattice enclosure will provide shelter atop a hot tub from rain and snow with open-air exposure to the elements; best used in milder climates with four seasons.
  • All wood enclosure: A fully enclosed wood hot tub shelter is constructed from weather resistant materials; best used year-round in cold climates.
What upkeep do hot tub enclosures need?

A hot tub enclosure will require regular cleaning and maintenance to wipe down bacteria and moisture that may have accumulated after soaking in a spa. A fully enclosed hot tub shelter is even more likely to gather condensation that could corrupt materials over the long term; it’s recommended to wipe down and dry a spa enclosure after every use.

Even when used year-round, a hot tub enclosure should be properly ventilated to prevent steam and moisture from warping building materials. Ventilating a fully enclosed spa shelter after each use will keep mold and mildew from forming in a damp, contained environment.

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