Are garden log cabins water resistant is a query we got asked all the time here at timberdise garden log cabins.
The brief simple answer to your question is a definite yes!
Why would they not be?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the plausible issues with a log cabin which would make the log cabin not water resistant and quite honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at immediately is the roof, that’s where you would visualize the main complication would start (this is not always the scenario but that’s where we will start today). The main complication with the roof would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be placed correctly. This is quite easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be tackled by a qualified professional most especially if you are investing a lot of your hard earned cash on a log cabin.
• Make sure that the overlaps are overlapping in the proper 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. This will guarantee there is a natural run off of the water, if you start 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 operates off it will run under the felt and consequently bring about a leakage. This is exactly the same when doing shingles, make sure you install from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlaps of the felt/shingles are quite 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 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 leakages.
• It is in addition 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 bring about early rotting of the structure and in some situations bring about the roof to leakage around the top corners of the structure as water could build up.
• Make sure you use the right size fixings. If the roof boards on your structure 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 appear cosmetically pleasing and would in addition be a real opportunity of a leakage 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 leakage.
• The most generally overlooked area on a log cabin structure is the felt or shingles on the roof. 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 exactly what you should do and I would encourage 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 quite as tough and resilient as a typical 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 plants, or another example would be a kids’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 rain can not permeate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for example if your log cabin sits under a plant).
Timberdise install all of our log cabins, we do this because we know you are investing a lot of cash 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 placed correctly. We’ve been out to repair log cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the structure is not put together correctly then number one it won’t be safe but in addition it could bring about a failure in the structure to be water resistant.
A prime example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been assembled correctly 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 placed there might be gaps between the roof and the wall. Gaps could in addition 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 reconstruct it.
This is why Timberdise Garden Buildings install all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can visualize if there is a void in the wall or a void between the roof and the wall this would leave the log cabin open and it would most definitely leakage which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I in addition want to bring attention to the floor surface a second. Having your log cabin placed 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 log 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 timbers 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 log 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 rain could permeate the inside of the log cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Additionally, in some cases most especially during the winter months, condensation can materialize inside a cabin. This is normal due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted, it is not a leakage and can be quite normal. We encourage at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electric access in there and leave it running during the chillier months. This will help take humidity out of the air and further increase the life of your log cabin.
If you comply with all the above recommendations you should have a leakage free log cabin for the duration of its life which can supply endless enjoyment and relaxation. Don’t forget prevention is far better than the treatment.