We build our hot tubs using only the finest sourced timber
We can build circles, ovals, rectangles and squares using our premium cedar, Alaskan cedar and Teak.
See more in depth information about our Red Western Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Teak materials below.
Alaskan Yellow Cedar
(also known as Cypress)
A great timber we’ve used on some very special projects is the slow growing Alaskan Yellow Cedar it’s a tough, solid tree and the hardest known cedar in the world, while also boasting exceptional longevity.
Due to its straight grain and yellow colour, Yellow Cedar wood is very valuable commercially. It is used extensively for paddles, boat building, as well as other exterior projects such as bridges, decking, stairs and landscaping. Similar to the Red Cedar, it is highly decay resistant and strongly aromatic when freshly cut, due to its natural oils. However, it’s interesting to note that the Alaskan Yellow Cedar is not in fact a cedar tree, but a cypress tree.
Considerably harder when dry than most commercial softwoods, and therefore much stronger, AYC has excellent strength and wear properties as well as great impact resistance. It is suitable for all types of joinery and carpentry due to its appearance, durability and easy working characteristics. This wood is so easy to work that it has become prized for applications such as joinery and carpentry, decorative panelling, furniture, mouldings and cabinetwork. It also withstands constant wear and load impacts without forming ridges or splitting, and does not splinter.
Western Red Cedar
We’ve been using WRC for nearly 20 years, a classic.
A premium slow growth timber and the most abundant cedar tree available in Western Canada, Western Red Cedar primarily grows in British Columbia and is our preferred choice for our hot tubs. Although it is one of the lightest in weight of all commercially important softwood species, Western Red Cedar is very decay resistant and it can yield a larger variety of dimensional lumber. Its abundance and favourable properties make it the dominant choice for building our barrels and ofuros, especially in Europe since it does not have to be heat treated before exporting; and being twice as stable as other softwood species. Western Red Cedar is highly durable and weather resistant. Its natural oils are insect and decay resistant, and left in its natural state it remains beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. Western Red Cedar dries readily with very little shrinkage and has excellent working qualities, machining to a smooth, satiny finish. The tubs silver with time and age very well.
Rich in texture, with a unique tactile grain, Western Red Cedar combines visual harmony with stability and durability, making it the common choice for a number of projects such as: siding, decks, fences, planters, screens, and garden furniture. Given its ability to withstand the elements, if you are looking to install a Riviera Hot Tub in an area where extreme weather dominates we would be most inclined to recommend Western Red Cedar.
Teak is the common name for the tropical hardwood tree species, Tectona grandis, which grows to over 130 feet tall.
It is native to south and southeast Asia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Burma. Teak tends to be a golden or medium brown. Its colour darkens over time and is known for its incredible durability and water resistance. It has a high oil content, giving it the highest decay-resistance among all natural wood products. Teak is also used for boat building, yachts, exterior construction, indoor and outdoor furniture, veneer, carvings, frames, and more. The strong doesn’t crack, wrap or turn black when in contact with metals. Our teak hot tubs are the Rolls Royce due to its water holding capabilities and beautiful rich look, very tactile and guaranteed to finish your special project.