Are garden timber cabins waterproofed is a question we got asked all the time here at Timberdise Garden Buildings.
The concise simple answer to your question is a resounding yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the potential troubles with a log cabin which would make the timber cabin not waterproofed and quite frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at as soon as possible is the roof,that’s where you would envision the main problem would begin (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will begin today). The main problem with the roof would be to have the felt or shingling to not be placed appropriately. This is quite easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be carried out by a qualified professional most especially if you are investing a lot of your hard earned cash on a log cabin.
• Make certain that the overlies are overlapping in the ideal way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the construction and felt upwards. By doing this you ensure that the felt overlies on top of the piece of felt that is further down the roof. This will ensure there is a natural run off of the water,if you begin 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 runs off it will run beneath the felt and consequently bring about a water leak. This is precisely the same when doing shingles,make certain you install from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlies 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 water leak
.• Make certain 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 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 exposed to leaks.
• It is in addition important that when you reach the overhang of the construction with the felt you tack 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 bring about premature rotting of the construction and in some cases bring about the roof to leakage around the top corners of the construction as water could build up.
• Make certain you use the correct size fixings. If the roofing system boards on your construction 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 seem cosmetically appealing and would in addition be a real option of a water 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 water leak.
• The most commonly forgotten area on a log cabin construction is the felt or shingles on the roof. 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 precisely what you should do and I would encourage at least once a year or if you notice a water leak. Because timber cabins are not built as high as the typical house and the felt and shingles aren’t quite 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 plants,or another example would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all bring about harm 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 pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for example if your timber cabin sits under a plant).
timberdise garden log cabinsinstall all of our timber 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 ensure this occurs is to take care of the installation and make certain it is placed appropriately. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the construction is not put together appropriately then number one it won’t be safe but in addition it could bring about a failure in the construction to be waterproofed.
A prime example of this would be that the logs haven’t been assembled appropriately on the walls. This would then bring about the timber cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof was placed there might be openings between the roof and the wall. Voids could in addition 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 whygarden log cabins install all of our timber 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 and the wall this would leave the cabin open and it would most definitely leakage which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I in addition want to bring focus to the floor covering a second. Having your timber 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 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 timber 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 certain 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 pass through the inside of the cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
In addition,occasionally most especially during the winter months,condensation can happen inside a cabin. This is typical due to the log 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 electrical access in there and leave it running during the chillier months. This will help take moisture content out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your cabin.
If you adhere to all the above strategies you should have a water leak free cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can provide unlimited fulfillment and relaxation.Don’t forget prevention is much better than the cure.