There are two basic styles of portable, above ground hot tubs – wood and acrylic (plastic). There are advantages to owning both, but in some ways wood hot tubs come out on top in a head-to-head comparison. Ultimately, it comes down to a personal preference for each user, but here are some of the benefits of choosing a wood spa.
In most cases, a quality wood hot tub will cost you less than a comparable acrylic or fibreglass reinforced plastic model with the same features.
A wood hot tub made from redwood, cedar, oak, or teak is a thing of beauty. Not only is the geometric shape appealing, the rich colours and grains in the wood are visually stunning and will look great, either in your garden or in your home. If having natural materials around your home and property is important to you, a wood spa is definitely preferable to the more artificial, fabricated acrylic tubs.
Since your hot tub experience is one that is meant to appeal to your senses, wood hot tubs provide another benefit over artificial products. They exude a pleasant, natural aroma when hot and wet. Cedar, in particular, provides a wonderful scent. Unfortunately, plastic spas tend to give off only chemical, artificial aromas.
The kinds of wood hot tubs are made from have been chosen for two practical reasons: their unique properties when immersed in water, and their durability.
All the types of wood mentioned (redwood and cedar particularly) have another important property. They expand when wet and then do not shrink back to the smaller, original size when they dry. This is extremely critical in a hot tub made from wood, because all spaces and seals must be completely waterproof when the spa is full. Combined with their durability, this property makes redwood, cedar, oak, and teak the most used woods in the hot tub industry.
Experience! Our tubs are 43 inches deep, providing a unique soaking effect that is not available in shallow plastic spas. The aromatic smell of cedar coupled with the relaxing soak and therapeutic massage provides a unique experience.
Only the highest quality cedar wood is used from the core or heart of the tree. The 46 staves (in the 6ft model) are coopered to such fine tolerances by our craftsmen, that when assembled and held tightly in place on the base by the three stainless steel bands, minimal leakage occurs even when the wood is dry. Once filled with water the wood swells to form a watertight seal somewhat like a boat or wooden keg for storing wine. This practice has been used for centuries and is extremely effective.