Having a sauna installed in your home is a desire of many people. It comes with many benefits compared to having to go to the spa every time you wish to enjoy a steamy time. Most homeowners who already have a sauna installed are also looking to switch from the traditional saunas that use heating elements to the new and better infrared saunas. There are some factors which you need to put into consideration when looking to install a sauna in your home. Some of those factors are highlighted below.
Top factors to consider
You need to make a decision as to whether you will buy a sauna that is already assembled and ready for installation or build your own. A premade sauna comes with the benefit of easy installation and portability. However, the design options are limited. The prices vary widely depending on the material used, size and many other factors. Building your own gives you the option of choosing a design that you like. However, due to customization, it can be quite expensive.
Positioning of the sauna
You should also determine the location where the sauna will be installed, either outdoors or indoors. A majority of people prefers indoor saunas, but you should consider an outdoor one, especially if you have limited space in the house. Close proximity to the swimming pool and a great view are also other good reasons to place your sauna outdoors. The downside to placing your sauna outdoors is that you will have to add extra insulation due to exposure to weather elements.
Choose material used wisely
A sauna can be made from a wide variety of materials. There are many factors which may influence the material choice. If you intend to place the sauna outdoor, for example, you will have to choose a material that can withstand the weather elements. The most popular choice for most situations is cedar. This is because it resists rot, gives off an amazing fragrance, does not absorb excess heat, and does not splinter easily. Other types of softwoods may also work, such as spruce and hemlock. For the floor, you can go with tile or concrete as opposed to wood. This is because wood on the floor tends to collect a lot of moisture and may harbor the growth of bacteria.