Are garden log cabins rainproof is a query we got asked all the time here at Timberdise Garden Buildings.
The concise 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 log cabin which would make the log cabin not rainproof and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at instantly is the roof,that’s where you would visualize the main problem would commence (this is not always the scenario but that’s where we will commence today). The main problem with the roof would be to have the felt or shingling 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 undertaken by a professional especially if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned money on a log cabin.
• Make sure that the overlaps are overlapping in the proper 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 works off it will work under the felt and consequently lead to a water leak. This is precisely 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 lead to rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will lead to 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 structure exposed to leakages.
• It is additionally important 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 under the overhang of the roof as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can lead to early rotting of the structure and in some scenarios lead to the roof to leak around the top corners of the structure as water could build up.
• Make sure you use the correct size fixings. If the roofing boards on your structure are let’s say 10mm,you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would lead to the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not appear cosmetically appealing and would additionally be a real option of a water 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 water leak.
• The most commonly overlooked area on a log cabin structure is the felt or shingles on the roof. This is mainly 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 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 sturdy as a typical house tile they require a little more focus. 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 kids’s toys getting thrown up there which would all lead to harm 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 pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your log cabin sits under a tree).
premium log cabinsset up all of our log cabins,we do this because we know you are investing a lot of money into a log cabin and you want it to be around for a long period of time. So the best way we can guarantee this occurs is to take care of the installation and make sure it is installed 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 additionally it could lead to a failure in the structure to be rainproof.
A prime instance of this would be that the timbers haven’t been built appropriately on the walls. This would then lead to 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 voids between the roof and the wall. Voids 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 rebuild it.
This is whyView our products set up all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can visualize if there is a space in the wall or a space 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 additionally want to bring focus to the flooring 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 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 rainwater could pass through the inside of the cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
In addition,sometimes especially during the winter months,condensation can happen inside a log cabin. This is typical due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a water leak and can be fairly typical. We advise at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electric access in there and leave it operating during the chillier months. This will help take moisture out of the air and further increase the life of your cabin.
If you comply with all the above pointers you should have a water leak free cabin for the duration of its life which can provide infinite enjoyment and relaxation.Always remember prevention is far better than the cure.