Creating, Choosing and Buying the Perfect Hot Tub Canopy
From the regular feedback we receive from our happy hot tubbing family, come rain or shine, the weather generally does not deter you from taking a dip. However, as winter sets in, the challenge is maintaining the perfect soak in chilly temperatures and unpredictable weather. Due to the recent ice-cold conditions, several customers have asked whether we can recommend a particular canopy style or make. As we don't have a canopy over ours I cannot personally recommend one. But from my research I can confirm that as well as protecting your tub from potential storm-damage, investing in a winter hot tub canopy is a practical solution that can enhance your overall bathing and relaxation experience. And bear in mind, that if a canopy can protect you from the rain it will also protect you and your family from the sun too.
So, for this month's blog, I have been checking out a few options on your behalf and will take you through creating, choosing, and buying the ideal winter (or summer) hot tub canopy. And for all you wonderful people who love hot tubbing in all weathers, especially the rain, perhaps the only accessory you need is an umbrella hat! You’ll be spoilt for choice because there are so many fabulous colours and designs available online - here’s just one site I found..
1. Create Your Own Canopy
The main thing to consider with a wood-fired hot tub is making sure that the boiler is easy to access and not close to anything that isn't heat-resistant. Similarly, to ensure the smoke from the wood-burner can escape safely the top of flue needs to positioned higher than the roof of the canopy. We can always help extend the chimney if you have a barn or other suitable outbuilding where your tub can be positioned. You can enjoy the best of everything if you have an open-sided barn with fantastic views!
Alternatively, if you have enough space you might want to consider building a bespoke structure that's custom-built around your hot tub space. This will ensure that the structure meets building regulations in your area. Creating an indoor space outdoors has other benefits too because you could add extra comforts, such as a bar, summer kitchen or seating area. Or maybe create the complete home wellness space including a sauna, cold plunge tub and mini gym.
If you decide to create a less permanent own hot tub canopy from scratch, then here are a few things to bear in mind.
When designing a hot tub canopy, it is important to choose the right materials. Opt for weather-resistant and durable materials such as PVC, canvas, or marine-grade fabric to ensure longevity and protection from the elements. Consider a design that provides adequate coverage and proper ventilation to prevent condensation building up under the canopy.
It is important to have a strong frame for your canopy, especially during winter weather conditions. Popular choices for the frame include PVC pipes, metal tubing, or treated wood. Make sure to securely anchor the frame to the ground, to prevent it from toppling over in strong winds.
To keep the temperature under your hot tub canopy comfortable, make sure to use thermal insulation. If possible, insulate the underside and surrounding walls of your hot tub canopy using bubble wrap, reflective foil, or specialised insulation panels. You can pick these up from most large local and online hardware stores. Not only will insulation help to keep the heat inside but it will also protect you from bitterly cold winds.
2. Choosing the Right Hot Tub Canopy
For a less permanent fixture a pop-up gazebo could be just what you need. Keep in mind the following tips when choosing a canopy for your hot tub.
Size and Fit
To ensure adequate coverage, measure your hot tub dimensions accurately before buying a canopy. Ensure the shelter will fit snugly around the tub and doesn't leave any gaps, especially in areas prone to wind and snow. And don't forget to include extra room around where the boiler chimney will be!
Choose a canopy that can withstand harsh winter conditions. Look for materials treated for UV resistance, waterproofing, and, depending where you live in France, check the snow load capacity. A covering with zip openings and proper ventilation can help regulate temperature and prevent condensation.
Consider how easy it is to assemble, disassemble, and store the canopy before you commit to buying it. Portable pop-up gazebos are ideal if you only use them seasonally or for the few weeks you stay at your holiday home. For when you are not using your canopy make sure the one you want includes a storage bag and is user-friendly for hassle-free setup.
3. Buying A Winter Hot Tub Canopy
My number 1 tip - don't rush into buying!
It is important to do your research before buying a winter hot tub canopy. Look for reputable brands that offer quality products and read customer reviews about the canopy's durability, ease of use, and overall satisfaction. Also, check if there is a replacement cover option in case of damage.
Make sure you compare the features of different canopies, such as material quality, size options, additional accessories like zippered doors or windows, and warranty coverage. Comparing these factors will help you choose a hot tub shelter that best meets your needs and preferences.
When setting a budget, be realistic and consider the long-term investment. While it's important to prioritise quality, you may find cheaper options that still meet your needs.
A winter hot tub canopy can certainly help extend your hot tub use and health benefits into the colder months. Whether you go for a custom-made or off-the-shelf one, make sure it is durable, weather-resistant, and the correct fit. With the right canopy, you can enjoy a warm soak even in the coldest winters. And it will make those not-too-far-away hot, summer days more bearable too!
If you need help and advise before or after we deliver your hot tub just give us a call or drop us an email. We have helped several customers who have outbuildings or verandas that, with minor alterations, make the perfect private all-weather canopies for their wood-burning hot tubs. We are here to help. Happy Hot Tubbing and Sauna Steaming!