A minimalist design of an outdoor barrel sauna has more features than it may seem at first glance. Of course a shelter and especially porch first of all serve as an additional space for practitioners of sweat bathing. But, they actually also play a pivotal role in keeping your sauna as good as new.
Shelter protects a door and a bottom part of a sauna from adverse external influences, such as water leakage, thus contributing to the longer life of a sauna. Thus, if you prefer a sauna without a shelter, it is better to order a glass door, as without protection, functionality and longevity of a standard wooden door would be significantly shorter.
Both options protect not only you but also your sauna, mainly the entrance door. Thanks to the shelter, the door, along with the entire front side, is protected against adverse effects and whims of weather. It won't let in leaking rain and significantly prolongs the lifespan of your sauna.
But what if, for some reason, you don't want a terrace or a shelter? In that case, we recommend getting a sauna with glass doors, which are not as susceptible to weather fluctuations. With traditional wooden doors without a shelter or terrace, the doors could start warping and eventually rot. This logically significantly shortens the aforementioned lifespan of the sauna.