Are garden log cabins waterproofed is a question we got asked all the time here at garden log cabins.
The very short simple answer to your question is an unqualified 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 waterproofed and fairly honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at right away is the roof structure,that’s where you would envision the main complication would start (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will start today). The main complication with the roof structure would be to have the felt or shingling to not be installed properly. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be undertaken by an expert especially if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned cash on a timber cabin.
• Make sure that the overlaps are overlapping in the correct way. You should always start felting at the bottom of the building 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 work under the felt and therefor result in a water leak. This is just exactly the same when doing shingles,make sure you set up from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlaps of the felt/shingles are fairly 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 water leak
.• Make sure 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 exposed to leakages.
• It is in addition important that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you attach the felt to side of the roof structure but DO NOT tuck the felt under the overhang of the roof structure 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 structure to water leak around the top corners of the building as water could build up.
• Make sure you use the correct size fixings. If the roofing system 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 structure. This would not appear cosmetically pleasing and would in addition be a real opportunity of a water 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 water leak.
• The most typically overlooked area on a timber cabin building is the felt or shingles on the roof structure. 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 just exactly what you should do and I would recommend at least once a year or if you notice a water leak. Because log cabins are not built as high as the typical house and the felt and shingles aren’t fairly as tough and durable as a normal 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 trees,or another good example would be a kids’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 good example if your log cabin sits under a plant).
Timberdiseset up 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 happens is to take care of the installation and make sure it is installed properly. We’ve been out to repair log cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the building is not put together properly then number one it won’t be safe but in addition it could result in a failure in the building to be waterproofed.
A prime good 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 structure was installed there might be spaces between the roof structure and the wall. Gaps 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 reconstruct it.
This is whyTimberdise Garden Buildings set up 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 in addition want to bring attention to the floor 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 log 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 timbers are.
Lastly let’s talk about sealants around the windows and doors. Make sure 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 pass through the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Also,sometimes especially during the winter months,condensation can occur inside a log cabin. This is typical due to the cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a water 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 colder months. This will help take wetness out of the air and further increase the life of your log cabin.
If you stick to all the above pointers you should have a water leak free log cabin for the duration of its life which can provide indefinite pleasure and relaxation.Always remember prevention is more desirable than the treatment.