Are garden log cabins watertight is a question we got asked all the time here at View our products.
The concise simple answer to your question is an unqualified yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the possible problems with a log cabin which would make the log cabin not watertight and fairly honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at instantly is the roof structure,that’s where you would visualize 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 tackled by a qualified professional especially if you are investing a lot of your hard earned money on a log cabin.
• Make sure that the overlaps are overlapping in the ideal way. You should always start 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 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 works off it will work underneath the felt and therefor result in a water leak. This is 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 rainwater 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 pin in the middle,possibly two rows but again this depends on the quality of the felt. Failure to put enough felt pin in there could result in the felt blowing off during a bad storm which would then leave your structure exposed to water leaks.
• It is additionally 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 underneath the overhang of the roof structure as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can result in early rotting of the structure and in some scenarios result in the roof structure 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 result in the felt nails to come completely through the roof structure. This would not seem 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 frequently ignored area on a log cabin structure is the felt or shingles on the roof structure. This is primarily 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 strongly 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 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 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 rainwater can not pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for good example 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 happens is to take care of the installation and make sure it is set up 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 result in a failure in the structure to be watertight.
A prime good example of this would be that the logs haven’t been built appropriately 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 set up there might be voids between the roof structure 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 whypremium log cabins set up all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can visualize if there is a gap in the wall or a gap between the roof structure and the wall this would leave the log 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 set up 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 log cabin,don’t put it anywhere 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 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 rainwater could pass through the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
In addition,occasionally especially during the winter months,condensation can take place 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 moisture content out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your log cabin.
If you comply with all the above guidelines you should have a water leak free log cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can provide limitless pleasure and relaxation.Keep in mind prevention is much better than the cure.