Wood hot tubs are one of the most controversial types of hot tubs on today's market. Many individuals have a number of misconceptions about wooden hot tubs which is why these products have become less popular than acrylic models over the past few years. Despite their slight drop in popularity, many individuals and families still prefer these natural hot tubs over their newer, more modern counterparts.
For those of you who are thinking of purchasing a wood hot tub for your home or business, there are a number of things to consider. In order to help you choose the best type of hot tub for you, we have compiled a list of common questions related to wooden hot tubs. We will also provide you with information regarding a number of common myths associated with wood hot tubs as well.
Q. Does the thickness of the wood affect the performance of the hot tub?
A. Yes, the thickness of the wood has a great impact on the performance of your hot tub. The thicker the wood, the greater the insulation value. In addition, hot tubs with thicker wood are less likely to warp, dry and rot over time. Basically, thicker wood will result in a longer lasting hot tub.
Q. Should the wood on my hot tub be treated with anything?
A. Wooden tubs do not require any treatment to the interior or exterior design. If you would like to add to the design of your tub by painting or staining its exterior, you can do so without causing any damage to the wood. It's best to avoid any treatment to the interior of your tub.
Q. How long do wood hot tubs generally last?
A. Generally, a wooden hot tub can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, depending on how well it has been maintained and cared for. Properly maintained wood hot tubs can last upwards of 25 years or possibly even longer.
Myth – Wooden hot tubs are prone to leaking.
Truth – Wooden hot tubs have a tendency to leak a very small amount for the first few days after they have been assembled. Generally, the amount of water leakage in this type of situation is virtually unnoticeable. Another reason your wood hot tub may leak is due to overuse of chlorine or bromine. This is not an indication of a faulty hot tub, but it is an indication that the owner should decrease the amount of chlorine or bromine in the tub.
Myth – Wooden hot tubs are difficult to maintain.
Truth – Wooden hot tubs, in some ways, are even easier than plastic models when it comes to care and maintenance. Wooden hot tubs are much less likely to crack, chip, scratch or fade. They require no treatment and can simply be drained when they need a cleaning.
Myth – Wood hot tubs are unsanitary.
Truth – Many individuals have the misconception that wood hot tubs are unsanitary when, in reality, this type of hot tub is actually just as clean, if not cleaner than acrylic models. Studies have proven that many organisms can survive in acrylic environments whereas those same organisms died in wooden ones. Proper sanitization is a key factor in the performance of any hot tub.