Are garden log cabins waterproofed is a question we got asked all the time here at garden 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 likely problems with a timber cabin which would make the log cabin not waterproofed and fairly honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at immediately is the roof,that’s where you would imagine the main issue would commence (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will commence today). The main issue with the roof would be to have the felt or shingling to not be placed appropriately. This is fairly 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 investing a lot of your hard earned cash on a timber cabin.
• Make certain that the overlaps are overlapping in the ideal way. You should always commence 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. This will guarantee there is a natural run off of the water,if you commence felting at the top of the roof 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 consequently bring about a leak. This is exactly the same when doing shingles,make certain you install 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 bring about rain to get between the felt sheets and this will bring about a leak
.• 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 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 structure subjected to water leaks.
• It is in addition vital that when you reach the overhang of the structure with the felt you nail the felt to side of the roof but DO NOT tuck the felt underneath the overhang of the roof as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can bring about premature rotting of the structure and in some scenarios bring about the roof to leak around the top corners of the structure as water could build up.
• Make certain you use the right size fixings. If the roofing system boards on your structure are let’s say 10mm,you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would bring about the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not seem cosmetically pleasing and would in addition be a real possibility 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 frequently forgotten area on a timber cabin structure 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 exactly what you should do and I would highly recommend 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 good example would be a kids’s toys getting thrown up there which would all bring about harm 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 tree).
timberdise garden log cabinsinstall 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 guarantee this takes place is to take care of the installation and make certain it is placed appropriately. We’ve been out to repair log cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the structure is not put together appropriately then number one it won’t be safe but in addition it could bring about a failure in the structure to be waterproofed.
A prime good example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been built appropriately on the walls. This would then bring about 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 openings 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 whygarden log cabins install all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is a void in the wall or a void 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 in addition want to bring attention to the flooring a second. Having your log 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 log cabin,don’t put it anyplace 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 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 rain could penetrate the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Also,sometimes particularly during the winter months,condensation can develop inside a log cabin. This is typical due to the cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leak and can be fairly typical. We advise at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it working during the colder months. This will help take water out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your log cabin.
If you stick to all the above pointers you should have a leak free log cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can supply limitless enjoyment and relaxation.Keep in mind prevention is much better than the treatment.