(PRWEB) May 08, 2014
While portable acrylic hot tubs have dominated the residential market for over thirty years, one piece pre-plumbed acrylic units have also become a popular choice of architects, developers and operators of commercial facilities due to their lower upfront costs, lighter weight loads, ease of installation and less upkeep than conventional concrete models.
HydroTher’s 8’ round 7-8 person model, complete with all equipment sells for under $15,000. Popular options can add another $5,000. With shipping and installation costs, the company estimates that the customer saves 30-40% as compared to conventional concrete / tiled units.
The lesser weight of the acrylic units is also a major factor as more and more architects locate the hot tubs on upper levels and even rooftop terraces. The contoured acrylic units are also reported to be more comfortable and the smooth surface requires less upkeep than tile.
According to Dale Papke, the firm’s original founder, North American Building and Health Departments do not allow residential hot tubs to be installed in commercial applications. “Our units are not only more durable, the steps and shapes conform to building codes , the water is filtered more often and there are many built-in safety devices making our units ideal for heavy bather load environments.”
The customer has the option of having his own maintenance department or contractor install the product or HydroTher can arrange for a local pool or spa dealer to be involved. Bryce Beamer, the company’s Inside Sales and Customer Service Representative states that because both the hot tub shell and the equipment package are shipped to the customer totally pre-plumbed and labeled, the installation process is relatively simple. The customer's staff, contractor or our dealer simply supplies and runs the plumbing from the pre-plumbed shell to the pre-plumbed equipment. In most cases the decking and electrical is completed by others. “We have an excellent factory phone support team and installation manual but we can also fly a technician to the site to assist where necessary.”
Looking ahead HydroTher is confident that commercial acrylic hot tubs will continue to gain market share as more architects and developers realize the purchase and operation savings. In Toronto, where hundreds of high-rise condominium buildings have been constructed in the past twenty years and are continuing to be built in record numbers, a HydroTher hot tub can be found in over 70% of these buildings.
Even in the small Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos there are already four different resorts with HydroTher® units. In North America HydroTher has supplied hundreds of hotels including individual properties branded as Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Radisson, Best Western, and Comfort Suites.
With increasing regulations making the use of residential hot tubs illegal for commercial use, look for companies like HydroTher to continue to grow.
For further information go to http://www.hydrother.com or contact dpapke(at)hydrother(dot)com, (1-800-891-5811).