How to Build a Deck to Support a Hot Tub?

What’s better: having a deck in your backyard or, sitting in a hot tub to relax? The answer for hot tub people is both; sitting in a hot tub while out on your deck. Mixing a deck and a hot tub can truly create some amazing places to hang out and soak but what does it take for a deck to support a hot tub?

You essentially need to double the supports of the deck for it to hold a hot tub. You will need larger lumber and more of it. This all would need to be engineered to your specific project details like how high off the ground, how much total weight, and more.

Mixing a hot tub and a deck can come in so many different forms. You could already have a concrete slab patio out back with a hot tub on it and you just want to surround it with a raised deck so that the tub has a sunk-in feel to it. Or maybe your ideal spot is twelve feet up off of a master bed slider and you want to make sure that you have enough lumber underneath it to hop in every night and not pray for your deck’s strength. 

If you want to learn more about some different hot tub deck ideas and how to implement them then read on but if you just want to talk to someone right now about your next backyard project then give us a call at 970-663-2868 or just shoot us an email.

Ground level decks

To get off on the right foot, it’s essential to get all of the measurements of your backyard or project area. We need to consider the fence or property line, the size of the deck in relation to the house, and lastly, where to put the hot tub. 

For ground-level decks, we don’t recommend installing the hot tub on top. Instead, we suggest setting the tub on a concrete pad. This offers the much-needed footing of the hot tub. We then build the deck around it as this makes the entire process much more efficient.

But what if you want to remove the hot tub from the deck after a few years? We have options for that also. Every deck built around a hot tub consists of framing members. We keep them at least 1 inch away from the surface of the hot tub. This gives enough space to take out the hot tub if you want. The deck offers support to the short cantilever so that it fills the area closest to the tub leaving a nice clean reveal.

You will have some creative control over the height of your deck but not much. I say that because there are some great places to attach a deck to the back of your house, for instance, and one of them is the main floor or rim joist of the home. Well that is already a constant so you will most likely want to walk-out from your back door out onto a deck.  

Additional considerations

The height of the deck isn’t the only thing to consider while installing the hot tub. We also need to take care of the concrete pad if that’s the direction you’re wanting to go. First, we build the concrete pad according to the local building code. 

The installation team also gets clearances on the operation and arm dimensions of the tub and cover. Additionally, we also take clearances for deck in mind so that you don’t run into permit complications later. 

It’s easy to miss these crucial points if you are trying to DIY this and install the deck and hot tub alone. Apart from these factors, we also keep a gap of up to 1/4″ inch between the deck boards and the tub. This gives the hot tub and deck room to expand and contract in extreme weather conditions.

Above ground decks

We don’t specialize in any one shape or size of deck because we build ’em all and have built somewhere in the thousands of decks at this point, some pretty big ones with a hot tub. 

Sometimes the deck is at a higher level than the tub or we have to deal with an even ground to build the deck. These things don’t worry us as we have some of the most experienced and certified technicians for the job. The engineer will look over your project and make decisions about attachments, connections, and material size your deck will be made from.

If you are doing this DIY then you will need to figure out what size posts and what size framing material you will use. Posts used are generally 4×4, 6×6, and 8×8 inch material and framing lumber is usually in the 2×6, 2×8, 2×10, or 2×12 categories. 

Another big factor will be the joist layout to provide ample support for the amount of weight a hot tub contains. Again, check local guidelines and if it calls for 8 inch on center then you are going to have to double your joist count. Those spaces get pretty tight to work in at 8-inches on-center. That will also add to your hardware count which definitely adds to the overall cost.   

In such cases, we start by laying out where the hot tub will sit and where the outside dimensions of the deck will sit using a string line or marking device. Again, this step involves following the local building code. It also allows us to determine the spacing requirements for each post hole.

Following local code, we will punch out holes in the ground with a huge drill called an auger to be able to have an inspector come out and sign off. We can then pour concrete to create the caussons that your deck will sit on.

We can then use lasers to figure out how tall to cut the posts that will hold up your deck. After a ledger gets attached to your house and a perimeter frame put up, the joists just start rolling in. Our crews have so much experience with so many different projects that stages like this can literally fly by. 

If you’re on your own, this part can get very tricky as you would have to use a lot of temporary lumber to hold pieces up. You would need to order extra 2×4’s or 2×6’s and use them as diagonal bracing. It would be a slow process but with enough patience and temps you can get anything up in the air.

Building lift out hatches

Another important aspect of building a hot tub deck is framing the lift out hatches. These provide access to stuff that is hidden underneath the deck like the service panel of the hot tub. We don’t want to be tearing out decking if something goes wrong with the hot tub, so we plan out and create small deck hatches or access panels.

We first mark the location of the lift out hatch on the deck’s joists. Depending on the width of the hatch, we remove one or more joists to provide the space the hatch needs. We can then create a small framed rectangle to work through for hot tub maintenance. Now we can create another couple rectangle frames that just barely fit down in that finished access frame hole.

You can attach the lower of the two frames making the top frame removable and hopefully perfectly flush with the rest of the deck frame. 

Laying down decking

So by now we should have a very solid frame that has passed at least two inspections and is ready for decking material. Your specific project or personal preferences will determine whether you start at the house and work out or start with the very outside board and work in.

No matter which way you choose, after you get that first board down you can really start to fly. This is especially true if you are using a hidden fastener system and some air tools to really snap those boards down into place. 

This step is usually a lot easier with a partially loaded deck meaning that you’ve loaded the frame with about 60-80% of the loose deck boards to make a temporary place to stand while you attach the decking down to the frame.

Also, if you aren’t using hidden fasteners and are screwing down the boards then just use something like a triangular speed square to create a consistent gap every time.

As you are laying down the decking you can mark and cut out the access panel hatch. You could almost just deck over the top adding screws to the inner and outer frames of the access panel and marking where the cut will go. Then at the end snap a line and cut the access panel free. It should now be almost indistinguishable from the rest of the deck.

The Real Hard Part (Getting the Hot Tub onto the Deck)

This really can be the trickiest part, especially if you are going at this alone. A very ideal situation would be to hire on an actual hot tub mover or be at the stage of buying a new one. I say that because these people mentioned have had to deliver hot tubs to so many different situations and know what you can and can’t do to a hot tub before damaging it.

But if you are left to your own ingenuity, then having multiple pipes around will most certainly help as you can get them under the tub and use them to roll it closer to where you need it if the ground is smooth enough. After that you will have to use some form of pulleys, levers, and brute strength.

Wrapping up the deck

Toward the end of the project it’s time to set the handrail posts and build the railing. I’ve purposely left stairs out of this writeup as they can be little mini decks that take just as long as the main project. After all that the deck should be ready for skirting or otherwise known as fascia. Fascia covers the outer perimeter of the deck to hide the framing and it also dresses up the sides of stairs.

Reading about building a deck is easy but making a deck to support a hot tub isn’t one of the easiest jobs around. That’s where our experience plays a crucial role. We can make customized decks according to your needs that compliment a hot tub perfectly. Give TNT a call now at 970-663-2868 or just click here to contact us. You can also learn more at our deck building services page.

What to Look for in a Deck Contractor

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Throw a stone in any direction and you’re bound to hit deck contractors in Loveland, CO. This is because decking is considered basic construction and, unfortunately, anyone with a tool belt can call themselves a contractor. The reality is that deck construction isn’t as easy as it looks, and many homeowners are left with decks that fall short of expectations because they don’t take the time to vet their deck builder.

Taking the time to pick a qualified deck builder means more than just going through a few reviews online. To ensure you’re getting the very best deck for your money, you’ll want to take things a step further and put in the time to do some thorough research. Here are a few tips:

  • wood deck contractorWhen you contact a decking contractor, ask them how long they’ve been in the business. This means how long they have been a certified contractor and how many years they have accepted decking jobs specifically. The more time in the industry, the more references and examples they should be able to provide you with.
  • Piggybacking off the first tip, make sure you ask for references when you’re considering hiring a contractor. If they have local examples to provide you with, take a quick drive and check them out for yourself. While you should stay off of private property, it’s a good idea to look at the design and appeal of a deck from afar. You’ll be able to tell quality work from haphazard jobs even at a distance.
  • While reading online reviews isn’t the only thing you should do before hiring a contractor, it is a good idea to pay some heed to them. Read reviews and see what the common themes are between them. Do people keep mentioning a single good trait or a single bad trait? Keep these patterns in mind when vetting your options.
  • See if you can set up a meeting with prospective deck contractors in Loveland, CO. Being able to meet with and talk to a contractor about your vision and their capabilities is going to give you great peace of mind when decision time comes. It’ll also clue you in as to who is paying attention to your needs versus who might just consider this another general decking job.
  • Ask if the contractor will be on-site themselves for the duration of the job, or whether they subcontract out to other managers. This is important because it determines accountability. Whenever possible, try to work with contractors who are always on-site themselves.
  • Ask a candidate about permitting and written quotes. A good contractor will be able to take care of or help you with permitting, and they should provide you with a written quote that you can use to base your decision on.

Play it smart when selecting a decking contractor and you’re bound to get the high-quality deck you’re paying for. Remember, quality workmanship boils down to more than price—it’s about the person(s) behind the job. Get in touch with TNT Home Improvements today to learn more about how we can help enhance your home with a new deck.

Looking for a deck construction contractor for your next project? Give TNT Home Improvements a call at 970-663-2868 or fill out the contact form at https://tnthomeimprovements.com

Now’s the Time to Start Planning Deck Construction in Fort Collins, CO

pic of a second story deck built in Fort Collins, CO

You can just about picture it: Your own beautiful deck, a little oasis right outside your house where you can enjoy the outdoors in comfort and convenience on a warm spring or summer day. You’ve got an icy cold beverage, a couple burgers and hot dogs on the grill and you’re relaxing with friends and family. During these cold winter months, this vision sounds pretty ideal, right?

Fortunately, it’s just the right time to begin planning your deck to enjoy during the warmer part of the year. If you’re looking for the best deck construction company in Fort Collins, CO, you’ve come to the right place. Our expert craftsmen can construct the deck of your dreams at a price that won’t break the bank. For more than a decade, TNT Home Improvements has been making homeowners happy.

Permits and codes for deck construction

You’ll want to investigate whether your town requires permits before beginning construction. Nothing is worse than starting to build a deck only to have construction stopped because of red tape. Check with relevant government officials to find out if you need a permit, how much it costs and when you need to secure it. When you choose TNT Home Improvements, our on-staff engineer will guide through the entire process.

You’ll also want to check city and county codes to find out design requirements, which are typically detailed in zoning laws. If you own a condominium, you’ll want to discuss this with the homeowner’s association to ensure you don’t run into any problems. Now’s the time to sort out all the logistics so you can begin enjoying your deck once the first warm days of 2017 roll around!

trex decking contractorHow do you want your deck to look?

Consider meeting with a licensed contractor to discuss the style of your deck and what materials you’d like to use. From stains to protective railings, our trained professionals will take all of your preferences into consideration. You’ll want to consider flooring, footings, materials and other options. We can customize everything to what you’d like to see.

This is also a good time to establish a budget. Decks come in relatively simple, value-friendly options all the way to high-end options with hot tubs and other luxury items. We’ll work with you to fit your space, needs, and budget. No matter what you choose, you can rest assured we’ll build a beautiful, functional deck.

TNT Home Improvements is a locally owned and operated company that’s the leader in deck construction in Fort Collins, CO. We’re a fully licensed and insured company with an expert engineer who oversees all our work. Our customers keep coming back to us because of our prompt and friendly customer service, combined with our expertise in home improvement.

Our trained team will work with you every step of the way to construct the deck of your dreams. That’s why people in Fort Collins have trusted us with their business for more than a decade. Contact us today for a free estimate and to learn more about our exciting deck options perfect for your home.

Looking for a deck contractor for your next project? Give TNT Home Improvements a call at 970-663-2868 or fill out the contact form at https://tnthomeimprovements.com

Get in Touch with Your Deck Contractors in Fort Collins, CO Before Summer!

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With summer right around the corner, now is the time to install a deck on your home. By installing a deck on your home now, you will have the full summer to enjoy it and it will take less time to construct in spring than in the busy summer months. You can get in touch with a deck contractor in Fort Collins, CO to give you an estimate and provide you with a quality design.

Spring is the perfect time to build a deck

Spring is the perfect time to start on your deck construction, as this is when deck contractors in Fort Collins, CO are the least busy, so they will be able to complete your deck a lot faster. Waiting until summer to have your deck installed could mean you miss the warm weather to enjoy it, as you will experience longer wait times.

When your deck is installed by a deck contractor in Fort Collins, CO during spring, it will be completed sooner, giving you the full summer to enjoy the outdoors—the main reason you got a deck to begin with. This will also give you more time to entertain and truly experience the advantages of having a deck. Just think of the extra space you now have as you have created an extension to your home.

pic of a wood deck built in Loveland featuring built in seating and lighting

Why build a deck?

Keep in mind the increased value you can put into your house with a deck. They are a good budget-friendly option to increase the value of your home, as they add extra space and don’t take a long time to construct. There is also a good return on investment for decks, as they are built of quality materials that last for a long time. All of this is cheaper than investing in an addition to your home.

Building a deck will also enhance your backyard space. There are so many design options and materials available for your deck space that you can really let your imagination run wild. You can have your deck play off the features of your house and blend in with your backyard landscaping to give you a true oasis.

Planning for deck installation

When planning for deck construction by a local deck contractor in Fort Collins, CO, think about the things that you will use it for and what is most important to you. Decks come in all sorts of designs that blend with the architecture of your home and the landscape of your backyard. A deck contractor in Fort Collins, CO can help you design a deck that suits your needs and your style.

Clip pictures of decks that meet your functional needs and the style you are going for. Also, look at material types that appeal to you. Think about your budget. A deck contractor can help you decide if there are more affordable options you can choose.

Working with a deck contractor in Fort Collins, CO in spring will really give you a summer to remember. You will be able to spend more time outdoors enjoying the warm weather with barbecues and family gatherings. Work with TNT Home Improvements to design and install the deck of your dreams. We are a quality home improvement team experienced in deck building, patio and deck covers, window installation and much more. We offer free estimates and can custom design a deck for your home or business. Call us today to learn more!

Looking for deck patio builders for your next project? Give TNT Home Improvements a call at 970-663-2868 or fill out the contact form at https://tnthomeimprovements.com

Six Qualities to Look for in a Deck Builder in Fort Collins, CO

pic of a cordless drill used in deck building

If you are considering installing a deck on your home, you are in need of a good deck builder in Fort Collins, CO. There are several out there, but how do you know which is the right one for you? By looking for these qualifications when you are searching for a deck builder, you will be certain to have a pleasant experience during your deck project:

  • Experience

    : Look for a deck builder in Fort Collins, CO that has experience. Find out how long they have been in business and ask for referrals. You will want to look at work they have done to gauge if they are up to your standards. Also contacting references will allow you to see what others’ experiences were with this deck builder.

  • Proof of license and insurance:

    You will most definitely want to go with a deck builder in Fort Collins, CO that has a license to perform the work they are promising. Don’t try to cut corners and go with someone cheaper that is not licensed—you will only have problems. Also, check to see if they are insured. You don’t want to be responsible if an accident occurs on the job. Ask to see proof of insurance before you let them begin the work.

    picture of a deck built in larimer county featuring a planter box and arbor

     

  • Knowledgeable on your project type:

    Maybe you have a very specific deck project in mind. You will want to talk to your contractor about their knowledge of the features you are looking for. Make sure they understand what you’re asking for and that they can deliver on their promises. See if they have done this type of deck design before.

  • Good communication skills:

    Be sure you like the personality and communication skills of your deck builder in Fort Collins, CO. You will be talking with them often, and you want to make sure they understand every detail of what your expectations. Look for good conversation skills so you have a good working relationship with your contractor throughout the entire deck project.

  • A budget-friendly quote:

    When getting an estimate, make sure it is within your budget. You don’t want a contractor that ignores the budget you have established for your deck project. You want to make sure they stay within a reasonable amount of what you have set aside. If they go over your expectations, ask why, and listen for a good explanation. A deck building company in Fort Collins, CO should give some affordable options that you can decide on.

  • Support a local business:

    Hiring a business that is local to your area will provide some additional benefits to your deck project. You will be working with a contractor that is familiar with the area and neighborhood. In fact, they have probably done deck projects for your neighbors. By supporting a local business, you are also giving back to the community by creating jobs in your area and allowing a deck builder to keep money in the community.

Knowing these tips when you are looking for a deck builder in Fort Collins, CO will make your entire building process a lot easier. You will have a quality deck that you love, within your budget. TNT Home Improvements is a fully licensed and insured deck building company that offers free estimates and a competitive rate that is sure to fit your budget. Call us today to schedule a consultation!

Looking for a local deck contractor for your next project? Give TNT Home Improvements a call at 970-663-2868 or fill out the contact form at https://tnthomeimprovements.com