For those that would like to install a sauna in their home, it is
important to know that half the cost of installation can be saved by
installing a kit or prefabricated sauna. Prefaba are often called
pre cut sauna rooms or modular sauna rooms.
Installing a kit or prefabricated sauna in the home is easier than many
think. Anyone with basic tool skills should be able to handle the
task without much difficulty. prefabricated saunas are easier than kits
because they fit together in a few minutes using only a simple Allen
What is the Difference?
A 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 yet because it has been assembled into two or three large
pieces prior to purchase and only needs to be connected together.
Since a prefabricated sauna has already had the majority of the assembly
work done, it is usually more expensive than a comparable sized
sauna kit. If time is limited the additional cost may be worth it
because a prefabricated sauna can be assembled and ready for operation in
approximately half an hour.
Sauna kits require more assembly skills than prefabricated saunas but
represent a greater savings in labor when compared to building a
unit from scratch. All of the materials have been precut, so the
only thing left to do is read the instructions and fit the pieces
Unlike prefabricated saunas a sauna kit can be installed into an existing
space like a closet or small room. prefabricated saunas are usually too
large to safely maneuver into a small space and are more commonly
used as a freestanding unit.
Sauna kits are available in a large variety of sizes and shapes.
They can be custom made for unusual spaces.
Most kits require the installer to provide 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 also have 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 quite 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.
Prior to purchasing a prefabricated sauna, make certain that all pieces
will fit through the doorways in the home. Most companies will
specify the minimum size of doorway required.
A nice advantage of prefabricated saunas is their portability. The sauna
can be taken down and reinstalled in a new home. However this is not
the type of sauna to take on vacations or other short outings.
A permanently installed sauna may add to the resale value of the
home, the extra money may allow for installation of a new sauna in
the new home.
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