Buying an outdoor tub can be a big investment for some people, and not just because they want a relaxing place for themselves. Indoor hot tubs tend to be confined to just the indoor hot tub itself, while outdoor tubs can use so much more outdoor space as a part of the entire unit. There are several features to consider when buying a tub for the outdoors, and here are some of them:
Consider the climate. Does the region you live in offer mild or warm temperatures year-round? Do you and your family (and pets) need a heating system and/or will the tub be left out all year? If so, you'll be able to find an outdoor tub with a wide variety of designs that will work for your needs. The majority of tubs on the market have controls that allow you to adjust the temperature, but it's important to keep in mind that an oasis doesn't need to be always heated, just warm! Some are heat sensitive, and require you to manually switch on the heater from time-to-time, while others rely on electricity to provide the warmth.
Think about size. How many people do you intend to entertain in your outdoor tub? Will a full size unit be sufficient, or would a luxury therapeutic bath be more appealing? If you and your family shower frequently, and bathing is not a regular part of your ritual, you may wish to opt for a smaller therapeutic bath tub.
Choose durable materials. While most outdoor tub construction today is made of acrylic, cast iron is still a popular material. Both have the advantage of being easily maintained, and the tub's exterior finish will usually resist weather damage. However, cast iron has slightly better resistance to rusting than acrylic, and it's also easier to keep clean. Acrylic, on the other hand, is very easy to clean, but will require more frequent cleaning.
Look at all the options available. If you're upgrading your master bathroom, there's no reason not to include an outdoor tub in your list of items to purchase. Many stylish designs are available in both standard and elongated models, and the tub's interior can be completely finished in any color, allowing you to create a stunning bathing facility even from a distance. Even better, some of these villas come with optional shower attachments, and wall-mounted sinks for the ultimate in accessible luxury.
To find your perfect outdoor tub, start by measuring your master bathroom. Take note of its dimensions, including any setbacks such as overhang or drop. You should also measure the width and height of any surrounding structures, such as decks, walkways, or porches. Next, contact a local builder or home improvement store to discuss your options. Not only will an experienced sales representative be able to help you find the right tub to complement your master bathroom, but will also be able to provide you with helpful advice about other concretework needs, such as plumbing and other issues.