A Sauna provides one of the healthiest ways to relax and cleanse our bodies. In some cultures, saunas are quite literally a way of life. They provide a healthy alternative for many forms of personal relaxation and body cleansing.
Western Red Cedar is the material of choice for saunas as it withstands years of usage in various conditions. The stability and low shrinkage rate of Cedar maintain shape and form even in high moisture environments. Aside from the beauty of Western Red Cedar’s color and structure, its high insulation value captures the heat inside for better circulation while its low thermal conductivity leave it comfortable to the touch. In addition, cedar easily suppresses and absorbs sound to create a comfortable and relaxing ambience.
Sauna Building – Concept & Design Considerations
- Indoor vs. outdoor is typically a matter of personal preference
- Size and space requirements are primarily defined by common number of users.
- Change room requirements depend on where the sauna is to be situated.
- Showers and drains are optional features.
- Configuration is often defined by the available space.
- A two level bench system will help utilize the full heat range.
- Full length benches offer the option to lie down.
- Proper venting and a fresh air intake can significantly impact the performance and enjoyment of your sauna.
Sauna building – Technical Elements
- Use aluminum foil underneath wall paneling to reflect heat back into the room.
- Use knot free (clear) cedar to avoid user discomfort from heat transfer through knots.
- A 7 foot ceiling helps maximize the heat utility of the sauna.
- Sauna heater size is determined by the cubic footage of the room.
- Heaters should be powered through a timing devise to facilitate automatic shut off.
- Doors are often equipped with a roller type safety latch.
- Adjustable air intakes and exhausts vents are great for fine tuning performance.