Are garden log cabins water resistant is a question we got asked all the time here at premium log cabins.
The short simple answer to your question is an unqualified yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the practical issues with a log cabin which would make the log cabin not water resistant and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at quickly is the roof,that’s where you would envision the main trouble would begin (this is not always the case but that’s where we will begin today). The main trouble with the roof would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be mounted properly. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be undertaken by an expert most especially if you are spending a lot of your hard earned cash on a log cabin.
• Make sure that the overlies are overliing in the correct way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the construction and felt upwards. By doing this you ensure that the felt overlies on top of the piece of felt that is further down the roof. This will ensure there is a natural run off of the water,if you begin 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 operates off it will work under the felt and consequently trigger a leakage. This is just exactly the same when doing shingles,make sure you place from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlies of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overliing because this could trigger rain to get between the felt sheets and this will trigger a leakage
.• 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 tack in the middle,possibly two rows but again this depends on the quality of the felt. Failure to put enough felt tack in there could result in the felt blowing off during a bad storm which would then leave your construction subjected to leaks.
• It is also crucial that when you reach the overhang of the construction with the felt you pin 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 trigger early rotting of the construction and in some cases trigger the roof to leak around the top corners of the construction as water could build up.
• Make sure you use the correct size fixings. If the roofing system boards on your construction are let’s say 10mm,you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would trigger the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not appear cosmetically appealing and would also be a real chance of a leakage in the construction. 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 leakage.
• The most generally overlooked area on a log cabin construction 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 just exactly what you should do and I would strongly recommend at least once a year or if you notice a leakage. Because log cabins are not built as high as the typical house and the felt and shingles aren’t fairly as tough and durable as a normal house tile they require a little more focus. They are subjected to more elements on a daily basis because they are lower,this can result in a number of things from falling debris from trees,or another good example would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all trigger 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 good example if your log cabin sits under a plant).
garden log cabinsplace all of our log cabins,we do this because we know you are investing a lot of cash into a log cabin and you want it to be around for a long period of time. So the best way we can ensure this takes place is to take care of the installation and make sure it is mounted properly. We’ve been out to repair log cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the construction is not put together properly then number one it won’t be safe but also it could trigger a failure in the construction to be water resistant.
A prime good example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been constructed properly on the walls. This would then trigger the log cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof was mounted there might be spaces between the roof and the wall. Voids could also 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 reconstruct it.
This is whyView our products place all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can envision if there is an opening in the wall or an opening between the roof and the wall this would leave the log cabin open and it would most definitely leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I also want to bring focus to the flooring a second. Having your log cabin mounted on a proper ground base is a must. That could be a Timberdise ground base,concrete 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 any place that is at risk of flooding as just like the house that you live in. If the water level rises and there is no escape 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 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.
Additionally,in some cases most especially during the winter months,condensation can arise inside a log cabin. This is typical due to the cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leakage and can be fairly typical. We suggest at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it working during the cooler months. This will help take humidity out of the air and further increase the life-span of your log cabin.
If you adhere to all the above pointers you should have a leakage free log cabin for the duration of its life-span which can offer infinite pleasure and relaxation.Don’t forget prevention is more desirable than the cure.