Are Garden Log Cabins Watertight?

Are garden log cabins rainproof is a query we got asked all the time here at garden log cabins.

The very short simple answer to your question is an unquestionable yes!

Why would they not be?

Well,let’s take a look at some of the potential complications with a timber cabin which would make the log cabin not rainproof and quite frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at instantly is the roof,that’s where you would imagine the main trouble would start (this is not always the case but that’s where we will start today). The main trouble with the roof would be to have the felt or shingling to not be placed properly. This is quite easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be carried out by a qualified professional especially if you are investing a lot of your hard earned money on a timber cabin.

• Make sure that the overlies are overlapping in the correct way. You should always start felting at the bottom of the building and felt upwards. By doing this you guarantee that the felt overlies on top of the piece of felt that is further down the roof. This will guarantee there is a natural run off of the water,if you start felting at the top of the roof and you put the overlie from the bottom pieces over the top of the felt higher up when the rain runs off it will work under the felt and therefor cause a leak. This is precisely the same when doing shingles,make sure you install from bottom upwards.

• Make sure the overlies of the felt/shingles are quite generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could cause rain to get between the felt sheets and this will cause a leak

• Make sure you use plenty of felt nails. Ideally you want to be spacing the felt nails around 6 inches apart from each other. Always do this on both sides of the felt and dependent on the quality of the felt you are using possibly put another row of attach in the middle,possibly two rows but again this depends on the quality of the felt. Failure to put enough felt attach in there could result in the felt blowing off during a bad storm which would then leave your building exposed to leaks.

• It is in addition crucial that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you nail the felt to side of the roof but DO NOT tuck the felt under the overhang of the roof as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can cause early rotting of the building and in some situations cause the roof to water leak around the top corners of the building as water could build up.

• Make sure you use the right size fixings. If the roof boards on your building are let’s say 10mm,you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would cause the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not seem cosmetically appealing and would in addition be a real option of a leak in the building. They way felt is now designed,there should be a watertight seal around the nail but throughout the seasons with wear and tear this may fail resulting in a leak.

• The most frequently forgotten area on a timber cabin building is the felt or shingles on the roof. This is typically because we can’t see it most of the time and it’s a lot more difficult to get up there and have a look,but this is precisely what you should do and I would highly recommend at least once a year or if you notice a leak. Because log cabins are not built as high as the typical house and the felt and shingles aren’t quite as tough and resilient as a normal house tile they require a little more focus. They are exposed to more elements on a daily basis because they are lower,this can result in a number of things from falling debris from plants,or another instance would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all cause damage to the felt/shingles. Not to mention lots of bird excrement can rot the felt if it is in an area where natural rain can not penetrate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your log cabin sits under a tree).

premium log cabins install all of our log cabins,we do this because we know you are investing a lot of money into a timber cabin and you want it to be around for a long period of time. So the best way we can guarantee this happens is to take care of the installation and make sure it is placed properly. We’ve been out to repair log cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the building is not put together properly then number one it won’t be safe but in addition it could cause a failure in the building to be rainproof.

A prime instance of this would be that the timbers haven’t been assembled properly on the walls. This would then cause the log cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof was placed there might be spaces between the roof and the wall. Openings could in addition appear on the walls of the log cabins themselves and in some situations if the initial build of the log cabin was so bad you would have no choice but to take down the log cabin and rebuild it.

This is why Timberdise install all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is a space in the wall or a space between the roof and the wall this would leave the log cabin open and it would most definitely water leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.

I in addition want to bring focus to the floor covering a second. Having your log cabin placed on a proper ground base is a must. That could be a Timberdise ground base,cement base or a paved area. As long as they’re flat,level and solid you should be ok. Be mindful of where you put the log cabin,don’t put it anyplace that is at risk of flooding as just like the house that you live in. If the water level rises and there is no getaway for it then the log cabin will flood,that is regardless of how thick and tight your timbers are.

Lastly let’s talk about sealants around the windows and doors. Make sure after you have treated your log cabin you fit the relevant sealants around the doors and the windows. The log cabins don’t come with these fitted as standard,this is so you can treat the log cabin first and then apply the sealants afterwards. By not fitting the doors and windows with sealants then there’s a chance rain could penetrate the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.

In addition,sometimes especially during the winter months,condensation can materialize inside a cabin. This is typical due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leak and can be quite typical. We suggest at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it operating during the cooler months. This will help take moisture out of the air and further increase the life-span of your log cabin.

If you adhere to all the above tips you should have a leak free log cabin for the duration of its life-span which can provide infinite enjoyment and relaxation.Remember prevention is far better than the treatment.

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