Should My Spa Be Attached or Separate from the Pool?

From pain relief to stress reduction, having a spa can offer numerous benefits for your physical and mental well-being. As the perfect complement to a backyard swimming pool, spas offer a place to unwind after a long day, soothe your muscles after a vigorous workout, or socialize with friends and family. If you are thinking about adding a spa to your backyard, one of the key decisions you will face is whether to build the spa as an attachment to your pool, or opt for a freestanding structure. While each option carries pros and cons—and factors such as space limitations may affect your decision—there are several advantages to an attached spa.

At Aqua Pool & Patio, we routinely design, build, and install attached spas. Here are a few reasons to consider an attached, rather than a separate, spa:

  • An attached spa can use the same filtration and heating systems as your inground pool, making maintenance more convenient. A common design for attached spas is to let the spa water spill over into the pool. In this case, the pool and spa share a filtration system, and the two are cleaned as one cohesive body of water. In addition, the spa’s heater (we recommend a large gas-fired unit for on-demand heating) can be used to heat your pool more quickly than a standard heat pump, which makes it easier to use both your pool and spa whenever you want during the cooler months.
  • An attached spa can extend your swimming season. Based on feedback from our customers, we have found that having an attached spa can increase usage of both the pool and the spa by up to 500 percent! Since the two are conjoined, it is easy to warm up in the spa, take a swim in the pool, and head back to the spa again. The proximity is particularly helpful during cooler weather, thereby extending your swimming season.
  • An attached spa can enhance the style of your pool. One of the many benefits of having a pool is that it creates a beautiful focal point in your backyard. Whether you opt for an integrated spa (where the spa appears to be part of the pool), a spillover effect, or a different design, an attached spa is sure to boost the visual appeal of your pool area.
  • Attached spas are more customizable than separate units. Stand-alone spas are generally pre-manufactured and are therefore only available in limited colors, finishes, and seating configurations. When you build an attached spa, on the other hand, you can ensure that it is customized to suit the style of your pool—from the shape to the finish to the waterline tiles. This will help to create a more consistent and beautiful aesthetic in your backyard.

Whether you already have an inground pool or you’re thinking of building one, adding an attached spa can offer numerous benefits that will ultimately enhance your enjoyment of your pool. To learn more, call the experts at Aqua Pool today at (860) 623-9886!