Are garden log cabins watertight is a query we got asked all the time here at View our products.
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 practical problems with a timber cabin which would make the log cabin not watertight and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at instantly is the roof,that’s where you would visualize the main issue would begin (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will begin today). The main issue with the roof would be to have the felt or roof shingles 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 carried out by a qualified professional especially if you are spending a lot of your hard earned money on a timber cabin.
• Make sure that the overlaps are overlapping in the proper way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the building and felt upwards. By doing this you ensure that the felt overlaps on top of the piece of felt that is further down the roof. This will ensure there is a natural run off of the water,if you begin 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 operate underneath the felt and therefor bring about a leakage. This is precisely the same when doing shingles,make sure you mount 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 bring about rain to get between the felt sheets and this will bring about a leakage
.• Make sure you use more than enough 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 building subjected to leakages.
• It is additionally important that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you tack 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 building and in some scenarios bring about the roof to leakage around the top corners of the building as water could build up.
• Make sure 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. This would not seem cosmetically appealing and would additionally be a real possibility of a leakage 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 leakage.
• The most typically neglected area on a timber cabin building is the felt or shingles on the roof. 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 precisely what you should do and I would strongly 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 fairly as tough and sturdy as a normal house tile they require a little more focus. 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 example would be a children’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 pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for example if your log cabin sits under a tree).
Timberdisemount all of our log cabins,we do this because we know you are investing a lot of money 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 takes place 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 building is not put together appropriately then number one it won’t be safe but additionally it could bring about a failure in the building to be watertight.
A prime example of this would be that the logs haven’t been constructed 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 installed there might be gaps between the roof 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 rebuild it.
This is whygarden log cabins mount all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can visualize if there is an opening in the wall or an opening between the roof and the wall this would leave the cabin open and it would most definitely leakage which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I additionally want to bring focus 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,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 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 getaway 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 sure 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 rain could pass through the inside of the cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Additionally,at times especially during the winter months,condensation can arise inside a cabin. This is normal due to the cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leakage and can be fairly normal. We advise at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it running during the cooler months. This will help take water out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your cabin.
If you comply with all the above recommendations you should have a leakage free cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can offer infinite fulfillment and relaxation.Keep in mind prevention is better than the treatment.