A home sauna isn’t exactly a necessity for most homeowners, but it’s definitely a great addition to a home. More so if you believe it’s the many health benefits of a sauna: promotes weight loss, detoxifies the body, alleviates stress, and soothes minor aches and pains. If you’re planning to install a sauna kit in the backyard, you can do it yourself and save money on installation costs. In today’s post, we are giving you a step-by-step guide on how to install a portable and pre-built sauna kit on your own:
Installing a Pre-Built Sauna
The prebuilt sauna is the easiest to install because the hardware connects together readily. This takes the guesswork out of installing the sauna. Usually, a prebuilt sauna comes in 5 major parts: two side walls, back wall, the front wall, pre-cut door, and ceiling. This unit can be installed by a single person within an hour or two. Also, pre-built saunas are portable because you can take them down and reinstall anytime.
Step 1: Start with the Back Wall
Check the unit’s manual to figure out which one of the hardware is the back wall. Now put the back wall in place and secure it. Make sure the back wall piece is sturdy and balanced.
Step 2: Add the Side Walls
Once the back wall piece is installed, attach the side walls to it. Check the manual if there’s any piece that should be added to the front section like a pre-hung door.
Step 3: Install the Ceiling Panels
After piecing together the back, side, and front walls, bring all the pieces together by attaching the ceiling panels. Make sure the structure is solid. After adding the ceiling panels, move on to the heater and benches. Once these are installed, you can now use the sauna.
Installing a Custom-Made Sauna Kit
Unlike pre-built sauna kit, a pre-cut or custom kit sauna takes a certain level of skill and technical know-how to install. This unit will require a sturdy frame, wiring and insulation.
Step 1: Installing the Frame and Flooring
Before installing the sauna, the frame and flooring should be installed first. You can ask your dealer to provide a detailed instruction and drawing to create the frame and flooring.
Step 2: Figuring out the Insulation Material
To maximize the heat and prevent it from leaking out of the sauna, use the right insulation material. Insulation material can be made from Styrofoam or fiberglass. If you want to keep the heat in, we recommend using a foil-faced insulation. But if this is not an option, go for a foil face vapor barrier instead.
Step 3: Installing the Wiring
Unless you are a licensed electrician, the wiring should be left to a professional. This might not sound like a complete DIY project but for your safety, have the wiring completed first before installing the sauna.
Step 4: Putting Together the Unit
After the wiring is complete, you can go ahead with the installation of the sauna itself. Just like a pre-built sauna, a custom or pre-cut sauna comes in several pieces. Please refer to the Pre-Built Sauna installation above for instructions.
Step 5: Installing the Benches and Heater
Just like the pre-built sauna, the heater and beaches of a pre-cut sauna are standard in arrangement. You’ll have to get the exact measurements to install the benches and heater. As for the tongue and groove panels, pre-hung door, and pre-built benches, you can have these shipped for your installation. The sauna heater has to be ordered separately.