Are Garden Log Cabins Waterproofed?

Are garden timber cabins water resistant is a question we got asked all the time here at timberdise garden log cabins.

 

The short simple answer to your question is a resounding yes!

 

Why would they not be?

 

Well, let’s take a look at some of the potential troubles with a timber cabin which would make the timber cabin not water resistant and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at immediately is the roof structure, that’s where you would imagine the main trouble would start (this is not always the scenario but that’s where we will start today). The main trouble with the roof structure would be to have the felt or shingling to not be placed successfully. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be tackled by a specialist most especially if you are spending a lot of your hard earned money on a timber cabin.

 

• Make certain that the overlaps are overliing in the proper way. You should always start felting at the bottom of the structure and felt upwards. By doing this you guarantee that the felt overlaps on top of the piece of felt that is further down the roof structure. This will guarantee there is a natural run off of the water, if you start felting at the top of the roof structure and you put the overlap from the bottom pieces over the top of the felt higher up when the rain runs off it will operate underneath the felt and therefor create a leak. This is precisely the same when doing shingles, make certain you mount from bottom upwards.

 

• Make certain the overlaps of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overliing because this could create rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will create a leak

 

• Make certain you use enough 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 pin in the middle,possibly two rows but again this depends on the quality of the felt. Failure to put enough felt pin in there could result in the felt blowing off during a bad storm which would then leave your structure subjected to leaks.

 

• It is additionally important that when you reach the overhang of the structure with the felt you attach the felt to side of the roof structure but DO NOT tuck the felt underneath the overhang of the roof structure as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can create early rotting of the structure and in some scenarios create the roof structure to leakage around the top corners of the structure as water could build up.

 

• Make certain you use the correct size fixings. If the roof boards on your structure are let’s say 10mm, you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would create the felt nails to come completely through the roof structure. This would not appear cosmetically appealing and would additionally be a real option of a leak in the structure. 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 regularly ignored area on a timber cabin structure is the felt or shingles on the roof structure. This is primarily 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 recommend at least once a year or if you notice a leak. Because timber cabins are not built as high as the typical house and the felt and shingles aren’t fairly as tough and resilient 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 plants, or another instance would be a kids’s toys getting thrown up there which would all create damage to the felt/shingles. Not to mention lots of bird excrement can rot the felt if it is in an area where natural rainwater can not permeate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your timber cabin sits under a tree).

 

premium log cabins mount all of our timber 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 occurs is to take care of the installation and make certain it is placed successfully. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the structure is not put together successfully then number one it won’t be safe but additionally it could create a failure in the structure to be water resistant.

 

A prime instance of this would be that the logs haven’t been constructed successfully on the walls. This would then create the timber cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof structure was placed there might be gaps between the roof structure and the wall. Spaces could additionally appear on the walls of the timber cabins themselves and in some situations if the initial build of the timber cabin was so bad you would have no choice but to take down the timber cabin and rebuild it.

 

This is why Timberdise Garden Buildings mount all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is a gap in the wall or a gap between the roof structure and the wall this would leave the cabin open and it would most definitely leakage which is what we want to avoid at all costs.

 

I additionally want to bring focus to the flooring a second. Having your timber cabin placed 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 cabin,don’t put it anywhere 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 timber cabin will flood,that is regardless of how thick and tight your logs are.

 

Lastly let’s talk about sealants around the windows and doors. Make certain after you have treated your 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 cabin first and then apply the sealants afterwards. By not fitting the doors and windows with sealants then there’s a chance rainwater could permeate the inside of the cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.

 

In addition, sometimes most especially during the winter months, condensation can happen inside a log cabin. This is typical due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted, it is not a leak and can be fairly 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 humidity out of the air and further increase the life of your cabin.

 

If you stick to all the above suggestions you should have a leak free cabin for the duration of its life which can supply indefinite enjoyment and relaxation. Keep in mind prevention is far better than the cure.