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Whether you’re curious about our custom saunas, cold plunge pools, or the whole Nordic spa experience, check out our FAQ for quick answers.

This depends on whether a wood burning stove is installed or an electric stove is installed. All electric sauna stoves require 240 volt power and the exact draw from the sauna stove varies from 30 to 60 amps depending on the size of the stove.

This entirely depends on how the outdoor sauna is constructed and where it is constructed. The price can range anywhere from $10,000.00 to $60,000.00 for an outdoor sauna in Calgary. Well built saunas that are constructed in Canada and designed to use year round start around $18,000.00.

Absolutely! You can use an outdoor sauna in Calgary’s cold weather but it is critical that the floor, walls, and ceiling are insulated and an aluminum foil reflective heat and vapour barrier is installed on the interior of the assemblies. Outdoor saunas in Calgary are a fantastic way to keep warm throughout the cold winter months.

There’s no empirical evidence that we’re aware of that clearly states the recommended cold plunge immersion time for maximal therapeutic effect. Just like sauna therapy, the cold plunge stresses the body and it’s important to push your comfort zone while also paying attention to your body’s limitations.

Your body undergoes many physiological changes while under stress in both a sauna and cold plunge. Specifically, your cardiovascular system experiences a significant change as blood vessels constrict and dilate when transitioning from the cold plunge tub to the outdoor sauna.

It’s hard to describe in words how much a home sauna can benefit and enhance your life. We deeply believe that home saunas increase your physical and mental health and also provide a space to be present and connect with yourself and those closest to you.

Saunas only draw electricity when they are in use. In comparison to a hot tub that is constantly heating the water, saunas are much more cost effective.

This entirely depends on how the outdoor sauna is constructed. We believe that our saunas stand in a league of their own in regards to durability and performance. As an example, the siding we install on our outdoor saunas has a 50 year material warranty and the metal roof has a 40 year warranty. The outdoor saunas we sell to customers are truly built to stand the test of time.

This question depends on how much you value your own time. The outdoor saunas and indoor home saunas that we build take our team of Red Seal carpenters anywhere from 2-4 weeks to construct. The average DIYer that has not built a home sauna will take significantly longer to complete the sauna and pay 15% more on sauna material.

Majority of the outdoor saunas that are available for purchase are entirely designed around their ability to be shipped in a crate and assembled on site. This usually results in a single piece of wood serving as the entire floor, wall and roof assembly. While these types of outdoor saunas are light in weight and easy to assemble, they fall short on performance and durability. All of our outdoor saunas are built from scratch using the best possible material and construction practices. We build the saunas from start to finish in our controlled shop environment, we then transport the sauna to your location and crane the sauna into place. There are certain site circumstances that prevent us from craning the sauna into place, in these scenarios we will build the outdoor sauna on site in the Calgary area.

Traditional saunas and infrared saunas are two totally different experiences. The main difference between traditional and infrared saunas is the heating source. Traditional saunas are heated by electric or wood burning stoves that heat the actual air within the sauna to 70-100 degree Celsius. Infrared saunas have heating panels located within the walls that emit infrared waves and heat objects (people) within the room vs the air itself. Typical temperatures within an infrared sauna range from 50-65 degree Celsius. Another critical distinction is Löyly – the Finnish word that describes the steam that is produced when water is poured over the rocks in traditional saunas. Whether it’s a wood burning stove or electric stove, any traditional sauna stove will have rocks on top of the stove cavity that solely serve to produce steam. Infrared saunas have no steam or moisture whatsoever. The last important distinction is outdoor saunas vs indoor saunas. Infrared saunas cannot be placed outdoors in our climate, they are strictly for indoor use. Traditional saunas can be placed outdoors or indoors.

Building permits for indoor and outdoor saunas within the Calgary area are entirely dependent on the size of the sauna and the type of stove that is being installed. In Calgary, any outdoor saunas exceeding 107 square feet in area require a building permit. If an electric stove is being installed (for both outdoor and indoor saunas) an electrical permit is always required.

Still have questions? Feel free to reach out— the SaunaBuilder  team is here to help you every step of the way.