Why a Steel-Framed Hot Tub is the Smart Option

Hot Tubs


June 15, 2022

There are many styles, sizes and brands of hot tubs. They come in various shell colours, with a range of jet arrays and numerous possible accessories and/or options. There is so much to consider when you are searching for the perfect spa for your backyard! One feature that many buyers fail to consider is the frame of the hot tub. Steel-frame construction is a must!  

What is the frame of a hot tub and what’s its purpose?

The frame of a hot tub supports the shell and provides a structure on which to attach hot tub equipment (heaters, pumps, control boxes, ozone generators, etc.). This frame is crucial to the spa’s integrity and resilience. It’s the backbone and support for the entire structure.

What materials are used to make hot tub frames?

Hot tubs are traditionally made with wood frames. More recently steel-frame options have become available. The substructure of Vita Spas, American Whirlpool and MAAX spas are fabricated from industrial-grade steel. These are referred to as steel frame hot tubs.

What are the benefits of a steel frame hot tub?

There are a number of advantages to choosing a steel framed hot tub. 

  • Strength: Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material available. It’s 40% lighter and 250% stronger than wood. Vita Spas, American Whirlpool and MAAX spas are fabricated from industrial-grade steel. Their frames are designed to withstand the harshest environments.
  • Resistance: Wood and water don’t mix! Water damage can cause a wooden frame to warp and rot and wood is susceptible to animal infestation and insect damage. Steel is dimensionally stable. It won’t expand or contract with moisture and will never rot, warp, split or crack. Steel frames are zinc-coated, rust-resistant, and impervious to animal and insect damage. 
  • Longevity/Warranty: Galvanized steel will last for decades! Vita Spas, American Whirlpool and MAAX spas come with a lifetime warranty on the steel frame. This means for the lifetime of your ownership you can feel secure knowing any component of the structural frame will be replaced or fixed to factory specifications should it become damaged in the operation of the hot tub. Steel-framed hot tubs give you 15 more years of enjoyment than wood. 

Steel-frame hot tubs are superior to wood-framed hot tubs in strength and resistance. They generally come with a lifetime warranty. This results in fewer issues and happier owners. When you’re looking for a hot tub to purchase, consider the material composing the substructure. Choose a steel-framed hot tub, then add all the accessories you desire! 

Looking for a hot tub with a strong steel frame? Want a spa that will last for years? Call Alberta’s premier hot tub store, RnR Hot Tubs at (403) 203-0860 or fill out the request form. We are a leader in spa technology and education and carry a variety of hot tub models from major brands including Vita Spas, American Whirlpool, and MAAX Spas. We’re a trusted provider in Alberta, ensuring quality, longevity and affordability to all of our customers.

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