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If you enjoy spending time in the pool, you might be considering attaching a spa to enhance the experience even more. However, there are many options that may seem tempting — so which design should you choose for your spa? Attaching it to the pool might seem convenient, but there is a certain attraction in a spa that is separated from the pool. It can be challenging to decide which one to go for, but worry not!

In this blog, we will explain the pros and cons of both designs. This way, you can pick the option which seems most suitable for you. So, carry on reading to find out!

Attached vs. Separate Spa: What is the Difference?

Attached spas are built along with the inground swimming pools, constructed from the material that portable hot tubs are made from. Typically, they do not have an outer shell encased in concrete. Sometimes, they are framed using a mortar stone or wall stone. However, it tends to have fewer features in comparison to standalone spas, such as jets.

Standalone spas, on the other hand, are free-standing structures produced in a factory. Vinyl, acrylic, or thermoplastic is used to build interior shells, and they are usually round or square in shape. You can find them in a variety of sizes, colors, surfaces, and patterns. Moreover, they consist of outer cabinets that support the shell as they hide the plumbing components and utility connections.

Considerations for an Attached Spa

An attached or spillover spa has its benefits and disadvantages. It is only fair that you educate yourself on the different aspects of the attached spa apart from the design, so you can see if it is the right choice for you.

Here are some benefits of an attached or spillover spa:

  • Built to last with a long lifespan
  • Designs customized according to your pool, home, and landscape.
  • Enhances pool design, which increases home value
  • The extended pool area, which allows socializing
  • Convenient option to move from cool to warm water, making it ideal for people with orthopedic.
  • You can test and treat it along with pool water.

However, spilling pool has its share of cons as well, which include the following:

  • Greater construction cost
  • Requires more time for installation
  • Not recommended for winter since it will require more energy to heat and keep the pumps running
  • Spa water gets into the pool, and vice versa
  • Cannot use either pool or spa if the shared pump stops working
  • Uncomfortable and inflexible bench seating
  • Requires more energy to heat up
  • Lacks energy efficiency
  • High operational costs
  • Inflexible location; has to be located next to the pool

Pros & Cons of Portable Spas

Separate Spa has a list of pros and cons as well. So if you are considering it, here are some benefits to keep in mind:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Suitable for small outdoor spaces
  • Easy to use in winter
  • You can place it underneath a shade structure or near your house in winter — the location is flexible.
  • The pool and spa do not share pumps, so if the pump malfunctions in one, you can use the other.
  • Comfortable seating options
  • Easy to function with easy control options
  • More energy efficiency
  • Quality insulation
  • Operational costs are lower

While the benefits seem good, make sure to keep these cons in mind:

  • Test and treat spa pools separately, which may take more time and effort
  • No seamless integration of design
  • Materials might be less durable

Final Word

If you are considering an attached spa or a separate spa with your pool, make sure to learn the different features related to making a choice. You can also contact Town & Country Pools for an informed suggestion and make the best choice! Get in touch with us at (281) 252-6337.

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