Are garden log cabins water resistant is a query we got asked all the time here at Timberdise Garden Buildings.
The brief simple answer to your question is an unquestionable yes!
Why would they not be?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the plausible problems with a timber cabin which would make the log cabin not water resistant and quite frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at instantly is the roof structure, that’s where you would envision the main trouble would commence (this is not always the scenario but that’s where we will commence today). The main trouble with the roof structure 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 undertaken by a qualified professional particularly if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned money on a timber cabin.
• Make sure that the overlies are overlapping in the ideal way. You should always commence felting at the bottom of the building 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 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 overlap from the bottom pieces over the top of the felt higher up when the rain runs off it will run under the felt and consequently cause a water leak. This is exactly the same when doing shingles, make sure you place from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlies of the felt/shingles are quite generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could cause rain to get between the felt sheets and this will cause a water leak
• Make sure you use 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 vital that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you attach the felt to side of the roof structure but DO NOT tuck the felt under the overhang of the roof structure as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can cause early rotting of the building and in some cases cause the roof structure to leak around the top corners of the building as water could build up.
• Make sure you use the right 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 cause the felt nails to come completely through the roof structure. This would not seem cosmetically appealing and would additionally be a real chance of a water leak 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 water leak.
• The most regularly forgotten area on a timber cabin building is the felt or shingles on the roof structure. This is mainly 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 highly 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 quite as tough and sturdy as a typical 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 kids’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 rain can not penetrate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for example if your log cabin sits under a tree).
premium log cabins place 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 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 building is not put together correctly then number one it won’t be safe but additionally it could cause a failure in the building to be water resistant.
A prime example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been constructed correctly on the walls. This would then cause the log cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof structure was placed 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 reconstruct it.
This is why premium log cabins place all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can envision if there is an opening in the wall or an opening 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 floor a second. Having your log cabin placed 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 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 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 penetrate the inside of the log cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
In addition, sometimes particularly during the winter months, condensation can arise 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 quite typical. We suggest at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it working during the cooler months. This will help take wetness out of the air and further increase the life of your log cabin.
If you comply with all the above strategies you should have a water leak free log cabin for the duration of its life which can provide unlimited pleasure and relaxation. Always remember prevention is far better than the cure.