It can’t be denied that almost everything has a plastic counterpart now. Plastic has made things more durable and lasting. And it has been strongly attached to modern development, especially on consumerism.
This is most probably because plastic stuffs have made things more convenient to us people. And in today’s society, convenience is what we want.
Hot tubs for instance are included in this “modern plastic development” wave. How hot tubs have changed from what they were before to what they are now is amazing.
They first started as therapeutic pools relieving people from ailments during the ancient Egyptian and Roman times.
Then the Japanese adapted this new found hot water therapy and engraved it well in their tradition. If there is one country to date that values hot spas, which would be the Japanese. Just look at their saunas and ofuros.
In the past, hot tubs were mostly large and purposefully designed for public baths. They were built out of stones such as marbles and of wood as well. Then the sixties came and the trend reached California.
People began to think how they can bring this awesome hot spa therapy in their backyards and saw that empty oak wine barrels can be of good use in making it happen. Thus, the first personal hot tubs were created.
Cedar Hot Tubs
Wooden hot tubs were the classic when it comes to home hot tubs. The earliest forms were heated using wood and were later on replaced by gas-fueled and electric heaters. For quite a time people loved their wooden hot tubs until the “modern plastic development” wave came in the 1970s. Plastic hot tubs became a fad and classic was vastly replaced by modern.
Other types of hot tubs became available in the market for a growing consumer base. To date, if you are a customer who’s looking for a home hot tub, you have several choices to choose from. Hot tubs are now made out of acrylic, fiberglass, vinyl-liner and stainless steel. Various models have also emerged offering their own distinctive features, each convincing that they are the best buy.
However, it seemed that no matter how many plastic counterparts get developed through these years, the original still has its own uniqueness that makes it stand out over the rest.
When it comes to architectural design, definitely nothing still beats the classic look of a wooden hot tub. But aside from that, a wooden hot tub’s greatest asset is the traditional experience one gets.
Only in a wooden hot tub you can experience the classic hot spa relaxation that people originally loved before. That is definitely something plastics can’t level up to.
Wooden hot tubs are usually set up outdoors. If you have a really nice backyard or a property overlooking some lush greens, it would greatly add to the classic feel of your hot spa therapy.
The three most common sites for a wooden hot tub are on the ground, on a patio or on a deck. Typical assembly time is about 3 to 4 hours but if your order comes along with a professional handyman, it would most probably be lesser. Wooden hot tubs are usually made out of oak, cypress, teak, redwood and cedar. Among these, cedar tops the list.
Unlike what most people worry about, wooden hot tubs do not easily decay especially if they’re made out of cedar. Leak is also not a problem because cedar is very durable and its fibrous strands easily absorb water causing it to expand and make a very tight seal.
When it comes to insulation, cedar is also the best choice among common woods used in building hot tubs. Another plus factor is that cedar smells good because of its aromatic scent.
Unlike plastic hot tubs, wooden ones do not blister and stain. Cedar tubs require less cleaning or maintenance work.
Occasionally you can brush your wooden tub using soap and water and put on some teak oil for a shiny and clean finish. Remember that the rustic and natural look is what set wooden tubs apart.
Over time, your cedar tub might age and look grayish but nothing to worry about that because then it will only look more rustic.
Wooden Hot Tubs
Cedar tubs usually look very classic in a traditional, cooperage, barrel and hoop design. When processed, cedar wood becomes very smooth and shiny which makes it beautiful to use and which makes it also very resistant from decay.
Various manufacturers have already disproved the common myth of wood becoming useless throughout time because of natural decay through their consistent innovations and use of technology in cedar tubs.
Cedar tubs that are sold today are accurately manufactured to perfection to assure customers of a long lasting hot spa therapy experience.
As to structure, commonly used metal is stainless steel due to it being very resistant to corrosion. For heaters that are assembled within the tub, aluminum is usually the best choice because of its conductivity and resistance to corrosion as well.