Are garden log cabins waterproof is a question we got asked all the time here at garden log cabins.
The concise simple answer to your question is a definite yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the possible troubles with a timber cabin which would make the log cabin not waterproof and quite honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to look at instantly is the roof structure,that’s where you would envision the main issue would start (this is not always the case but that’s where we will start today). The main issue with the roof structure would be to have the felt or shingling to not be mounted properly. This is quite 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 investing a lot of your hard earned cash on a timber cabin.
• Make certain that the overlies are overlapping in the correct way. You should always start 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 structure. This will ensure there is a natural run off of the water,if you start felting at the top of the roof structure and you put the overlie from the bottom pieces over the top of the felt higher up when the rain works off it will run underneath the felt and therefor trigger a leakage. This is exactly the same when doing shingles,make certain you mount from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlies of the felt/shingles are quite generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could trigger rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will trigger a leakage
.• Make certain 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 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 construction exposed to water leaks.
• It is additionally crucial that when you reach the overhang of the construction 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 trigger premature rotting of the construction and in some situations trigger the roof structure to water leak around the top corners of the construction as water could build up.
• Make certain 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 structure. This would not look cosmetically appealing and would additionally 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 ignored area on a timber cabin construction 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 exactly what you should do and I would highly recommend at least once a year or if you notice a leakage. 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 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 trigger damage to the felt/shingles. Not to mention lots of bird droppings 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 mount all of our log cabins,we do this because we know you are investing a lot of cash 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 happens is to take care of the installation and make certain 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 additionally it could trigger a failure in the construction to be waterproof.
A prime instance of this would be that the logs haven’t been built 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 structure was mounted there might be openings between the roof structure and the wall. Gaps could additionally 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 why premium log cabins mount all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can envision if there is a void in the wall or a void between the roof structure 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 additionally want to bring attention to the floor covering 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 at 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 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 rainwater could penetrate the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Additionally,at times most especially during the winter months,condensation can happen inside a log cabin. This is normal due to the cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leakage 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 dampness out of the air and further increase the life-span of your log cabin.
If you comply with all the above pointers you should have a leakage free log cabin for the duration of its life-span which can offer indefinite enjoyment and relaxation.Always remember prevention is more desirable than the cure.