Are garden log cabins rainproof is a query we got asked all the time here at View our products.


The brief simple answer to your query is an unquestionable yes!


Why would they not be?


Well, let’s take a look at some of the potential problems with a timber cabin which would make the log cabin not rainproof and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at right away is the roof structure, that’s where you would imagine the main complication would commence (this is not always the case but that’s where we will commence today). The main complication with the roof structure would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be mounted properly. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be carried out 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 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 structure. This will guarantee there is a natural run off of the water, if you commence 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 operates off it will operate beneath the felt and therefor create 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 create rain to get between the felt sheets and this will create a water leak


• 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 structure subjected to leaks.


• It is also crucial that when you reach the overhang of the structure with the felt you tack 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 create premature rotting of the structure and in some situations create the roof structure to leak around the top corners of the structure as water could build up.


• Make sure 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 create the felt nails to come completely through the roof structure. This would not seem cosmetically pleasing and would also be a real opportunity 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 regularly overlooked area on a timber cabin structure 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 suggest at least once a year or if you notice a water leak. 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 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 example would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all create 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 permeate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for example if your log cabin sits under a plant).


garden log cabins set 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 occurs is to take care of the installation and make sure it is mounted properly. We’ve been out to repair log cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the structure is not put together properly then number one it won’t be safe but also it could create a failure in the structure to be rainproof.


A prime example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been assembled properly on the walls. This would then create the log cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof structure was mounted there might be gaps between the roof structure and the wall. Gaps could also 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 why garden log cabins set up all of our log 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 leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.


I also want to bring attention to the flooring a second. Having your log cabin mounted 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 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 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 rain could permeate the inside of the cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.


Also, at times especially during the winter months, condensation can happen inside a cabin. This is normal due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted, it is not a water leak and can be fairly normal. We encourage at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it operating during the cooler months. This will help take dampness out of the air and further increase the life of your cabin.


If you observe all the above ideas you should have a water leak free cabin for the duration of its life which can offer unlimited fulfillment and relaxation. Remember prevention is better than the treatment.