With the Michigan winter hitting us, you may be asking yourself: Is it is too late to install a hot tub? You can definitely install an above-ground hot tub in the winter! Although some people wait until the spring or summer to install an in-ground hot tub, many families end up splurging on an above-ground hot tub during the holiday season. If you’re interested in installing your own above-ground hot tub by the end of the year, take a look at the things you should consider below:
In-Ground v. Above-Ground Hot Tubs
Both the installation of in-ground and above-ground hot tubs are common in Michigan. Above-ground hot tub installation is easier in winter months, making it the best choice if you are looking to purchase a hot tub in the next several months. With above-ground hot tub installation, you will just have to make sure the installation area is free of ice, snow, and is accessible for the crew to work. If you’re looking to install an in-ground hot tub, our recommendation is to wait until the early spring; otherwise, you risk problems with frozen ground and unsettled concrete.
Working Around Winter Conditions
It’s easy to install an above-ground hot tub during any season, including Michigan winters. Since land excavation is not required for an above-ground hot tub, there are minimal expectations that must be met:
- Access – The installation crew needs ample space to drive their truck and equipment close to the hot tub site. Make sure to clear the area of debris and items, so the site is accessible.
- Area – Not surprisingly, all snow and ice around the installation area should be free of ice and snow. Before the installation crew shows up, make sure to shovel or hire a service to remove winter elements from your home and driveway, as these things could prevent delivery of the hot tub to the pad.
- Weather – Although above-ground hot tub installation is common, it is best to have clear skies and minimal snow, rain, and other elements. If inclement weather is expected during the installation period, the crew will likely reschedule the installation timeframe.
- Surface – In addition to minimal inclement weather, the installation surface – or hot tub pad – must be clear of ice, snow, and standing water.
A hot tub is an excellent addition to the home – especially in cold weather. In addition to above-ground hot tub installation being fairly easy in winter months, hot tubs tend to be less expensive in the winter compared to other times of the year. Before new 2021 hot tub models come in, dealers must get rid of 2020 inventory, so you can usually find great prices and deals in fall and winter.
If you’re interested in talking to a representative about winter hot tub installation, contact our expert team today. We will walk you through all above-ground and in-ground hot tub options, so you can feel confident in your hot tub purchase.