Are garden log cabins waterproof is a query we got asked all the time here at premium log cabins.
The brief simple answer to your question is a resounding yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the practical problems with a timber cabin which would make the log cabin not waterproof and fairly honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at right away is the roof,that’s where you would visualize 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 installed appropriately. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be carried out by a specialist especially if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned money on a timber cabin.
• Make certain that the overlaps are overlapping in the proper way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the building 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 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 runs off it will run under the felt and consequently result in a leak. This is just exactly the same when doing shingles,make certain you place from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlaps of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could result in rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will result in a leak
.• Make certain 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 subjected to water leaks.
• It is in addition crucial that when you reach the overhang of the building 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 result in early rotting of the building and in some cases result in the roof to water leak around the top corners of the building as water could build up.
• Make certain you use the correct size fixings. If the roofing boards on your building 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 in addition be a real chance 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 commonly forgotten area on a timber cabin building 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 just exactly what you should do and I would encourage 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 fairly 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 instance would be a kids’s toys getting thrown up there which would all result in harm 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 penetrate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your log cabin sits under a plant).
premium log cabins place 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 ensure this occurs is to take care of the installation and make certain it is installed appropriately. We’ve been out to repair log cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the building is not put together appropriately then number one it won’t be safe but in addition it could result in a failure in the building to be waterproof.
A prime instance of this would be that the logs haven’t been assembled appropriately 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 installed there might be gaps between the roof and the wall. Voids 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 place all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can visualize if there is a void in the wall or a void between the roof and the wall this would leave the 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 attention to the floor surface a second. Having your log cabin installed 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 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 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 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 penetrate the inside of the cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Also,occasionally especially during the winter months,condensation can materialize inside a cabin. This is typical due to the cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leak and can be fairly typical. 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 humidity out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your cabin.
If you observe all the above suggestions you should have a leak free cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can supply indefinite enjoyment and relaxation.Don’t forget prevention is better than the cure.