Are garden timber cabins rainproof is a question we got asked all the time here at Timberdise Garden Buildings.

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 likely problems with a timber cabin which would make the timber cabin not rainproof and fairly honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to look at quickly is the roof,that’s where you would imagine the main trouble would begin (this is not always the scenario but that’s where we will begin today). The main trouble with the roof would be to have the felt or shingling to not be set up properly. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be tackled by a specialist most especially if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned cash on a timber cabin.

• Make sure that the overlies are overliing in the proper way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the construction and felt upwards. By doing this you guarantee that the felt overlies 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 begin felting at the top of the roof and you put the overlie from the bottom pieces over the top of the felt higher up when the rain operates off it will run beneath the felt and therefor cause a leak. This is just exactly the same when doing shingles,make sure you mount from bottom upwards.

• Make sure the overlies of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overliing because this could cause rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will cause a leak

.• Make sure you use sufficient 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 construction subjected to water leaks.

• It is additionally important that when you reach the overhang of the construction with the felt you pin the felt to side of the roof but DO NOT tuck the felt beneath the overhang of the roof as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can cause premature rotting of the construction and in some scenarios cause the roof to water leak around the top corners of the construction as water could build up.

• Make sure you use the right size fixings. If the roof boards on your construction are let’s say 10mm,you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would cause the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not look cosmetically pleasing and would additionally be a real chance of a leak in the construction. 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 generally forgotten area on a timber cabin construction 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 just 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 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 trees,or another instance would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all cause damage to the felt/shingles. Not to mention lots of bird droppings can rot the felt if it is in an area where natural rainwater can not penetrate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your timber cabin sits under a tree).

Timberdise Garden Buildingsmount all of our timber 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 set up properly. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the construction is not put together properly then number one it won’t be safe but additionally it could cause a failure in the construction to be rainproof.

A prime instance of this would be that the timbers haven’t been built properly on the walls. This would then cause the timber cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof was set up there might be spaces between the roof and the wall. Voids could additionally 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 reconstruct it.

This is whyView our products mount all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is a gap in the wall or a gap between the roof 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 additionally want to bring focus 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 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 timber 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 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 penetrate the inside of the cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.

Also,in some cases most especially during the winter months,condensation can happen inside a cabin. This is normal due to the cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leak and can be fairly normal. We encourage 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 life-span of your cabin.

If you follow all the above tips you should have a leak free cabin for the duration of its life-span which can provide endless enjoyment and relaxation.Bear in mind prevention is far better than the treatment.

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