Are garden log cabins waterproofed is a query we got asked all the time here at timberdise garden log cabins.
The very short simple answer to your query is a resounding yes!
Why would they not be?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the possible issues with a log cabin which would make the log cabin not waterproofed and quite frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at immediately is the roof, that’s where you would visualize the main trouble would start (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will start today). The main trouble with the roof would be to have the felt or roof shingles 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 tackled by a professional particularly if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned cash on a log cabin.
• Make sure that the overlaps are overlapping in the right way. You should always start felting at the bottom of the construction and felt upwards. By doing this you ensure that the felt overlaps 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 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 operates off it will work under the felt and consequently result in a leak. This is precisely the same when doing shingles, make sure you mount from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlaps of the felt/shingles are quite generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could result in rain to get between the felt sheets and this will result in a leak
• Make sure you use sufficient 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 nails in the middle,possibly two rows but again this depends on the quality of the felt. Failure to put enough felt nails in there could result in the felt blowing off during a bad storm which would then leave your construction subjected to leakages.
• It is also vital that when you reach the overhang of the construction with the felt you attach 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 result in early rotting of the construction and in some situations result in 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 boards on your construction are let’s say 10mm, you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would result in the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not seem cosmetically appealing and would also be a real possibility of a leak 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 leak.
• The most generally neglected area on a log cabin construction is the felt or shingles on the roof. This is normally 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 suggest at least once a year or if you notice a leak. Because log cabins are not built as high as the normal house and the felt and shingles aren’t quite as tough and resilient as a typical house tile they require a little more attention. 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 example would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all result in 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 pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for example if your log cabin sits under a tree).
premium log cabins mount 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 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 construction is not put together properly then number one it won’t be safe but also it could result in a failure in the construction to be waterproofed.
A prime example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been constructed properly on the walls. This would then result in 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 voids between the roof and the wall. Spaces 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 rebuild it.
This is why Timberdise Garden Buildings mount all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can visualize if there is a gap in the wall or a gap between the roof and the wall this would leave the cabin open and it would most definitely leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I also want to bring attention to the floor 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 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 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 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 rain could pass through the inside of the cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Additionally, sometimes particularly during the winter months, condensation can happen inside a cabin. This is normal due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted, it is not a leak and can be quite normal. We encourage at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electric access in there and leave it working during the cooler months. This will help take water out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your cabin.
If you adhere to all the above strategies you should have a leak free cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can supply unlimited pleasure and relaxation. Keep in mind prevention is better than the cure.