For those who would like to install a sauna in their home, it is essential to know what the installation cost can be saved by installing a cedar sauna kit or prefabricated sauna. Prefab is often called precut or modular sauna rooms.
Installing a cedar sauna kit or prefabricated sauna in the home is more accessible than many think. Anyone with the necessary tool skills can handle the task without much difficulty. They fit together in a few hours, and the manufacturer often includes this work in the cost.
What is the Difference?
A barrel sauna kit is packaged containing all the pieces necessary to build the sauna. Assembling the kit is generally straightforward and can be accomplished with only a few simple tools. A prefabricated sauna is easier because it has been made into two or three large pieces before purchase and only needs to be connected.
Since a prefabricated sauna has already had most assembly work done, it is usually more expensive than a comparably sized barrel sauna kit.
Round sauna kits require more assembly skills than prefabricated saunas but represent more significant savings in labor when compared to building a unit from scratch. In addition, all of the materials have been precut, so the only thing left to do is read the instructions and fit the pieces together correctly. Our company always does the assembly itself, so you do not have to do it.
Prefabricated saunas are usually too large to safely place into a small space and are used as freestanding units.
Sauna kits are available in a large variety of sizes and shapes. In addition, they can be custom-made for unusual spaces.
Most cedar sauna kits require the installer to provide the framework and wiring necessary for the sauna. Those converting small rooms into saunas should begin by stripping the existing wallboards off the frames. When completed, the area should be insulated, and a vapor barrier installed over the insulation.
An electrician may be needed to provide wiring for the heater. Once this preparation work is accomplished, the kit is simply attached to the existing framework, and the heater is connected to the power supply. Depending on the size of the unit and the time allowed for work, this could be accomplished in one day.
Prebuilt (modular) saunas are pretty easy to set up. They consist of two to three large sections that connect. They are usually freestanding and can be placed anywhere. The wiring and lighting are installed prior to purchase, and some companies include the heater and all accessories needed for the sauna.
Prefab saunas’ owners claim that one of the advantages of prefabricated saunas is their portability. But the barrel sauna can be taken down and reinstalled in a new home, too. However, this is not the sauna to take on vacations or other short outings.
A permanently installed sauna may add to the resale value of the home. In addition, the extra money may allow for installing a new sauna in the new house.