Are garden timber cabins rainproof is a question we got asked all the time here at premium log cabins.
The brief simple answer to your question is an unqualified yes!
Why would they not be?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the potential troubles with a log cabin which would make the timber cabin not rainproof and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to look at right away is the roof structure, that’s where you would imagine the main trouble would start (this is not always the scenario but that’s where we will start today). The main trouble with the roof structure would be to have the felt or shingling to not be set up appropriately. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be undertaken by a qualified professional particularly if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned money on a log cabin.
• Make certain that the overlies are overliing in the ideal way. You should always start felting at the bottom of the building 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 beneath the felt and therefor bring about a leak. This is exactly the same when doing shingles, make certain you install from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlies of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overliing because this could bring about rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will bring about a leak
• Make certain you use ample 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 crucial that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you pin the felt to side of the roof structure but DO NOT tuck the felt beneath the overhang of the roof structure as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can bring about premature rotting of the building and in some situations bring about the roof structure 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 roof boards on your building 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 structure. This would not look cosmetically pleasing and would in addition be a real possibility 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 typically neglected area on a log cabin building is the felt or shingles on the roof structure. 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 exactly what you should do and I would encourage at least once a year or if you notice a leak. Because timber cabins are not built as high as the typical house and the felt and shingles aren’t fairly as tough and sturdy 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 instance would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all bring about damage 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 pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your timber cabin sits under a tree).
garden log cabins install all of our timber 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 ensure this takes place is to take care of the installation and make certain it is set up appropriately. We’ve been out to repair timber 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 bring about a failure in the building to be rainproof.
A prime instance of this would be that the logs haven’t been constructed appropriately on the walls. This would then bring about the timber cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof structure was set up there might be openings between the roof structure and the wall. Gaps could in addition appear on the walls of the timber cabins themselves and in some situations if the initial build of the timber cabin was so bad you would have no choice but to take down the timber cabin and rebuild it.
This is why View our products install all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is a space in the wall or a space between the roof structure 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 a second. Having your timber cabin set up 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 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 timber 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 pass through the inside of the cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Additionally, at times particularly during the winter months, condensation can arise 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 advise at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electric access in there and leave it running during the cooler months. This will help take moisture content out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your cabin.
If you adhere to all the above tips you should have a leak free cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can offer indefinite pleasure and relaxation. Bear in mind prevention is better than the cure.