Are garden log cabins rainproof is a query we got asked all the time here at timberdise garden log cabins.
The brief simple answer to your query is an unqualified yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the practical complications with a log cabin which would make the log cabin not rainproof and quite honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at instantly is the roof structure,that’s where you would imagine the main complication would commence (this is not always the case but that’s where we will commence today). The main complication with the roof structure would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be mounted appropriately. This is quite easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be undertaken by a professional most especially if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned cash on a log cabin.
• Make certain that the overlaps are overlapping in the proper way. You should always commence felting at the bottom of the construction 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 commence felting at the top of the roof structure and you put the overlie from the bottom pieces over the top of the felt higher up when the rain runs off it will operate beneath the felt and consequently lead to a leakage. This is precisely the same when doing shingles,make certain you set up from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlaps of the felt/shingles are quite generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could lead to rain to get between the felt sheets and this will lead to a leakage
.• Make certain you use ample 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 attach in the middle,possibly two rows but again this depends on the quality of the felt. Failure to put enough felt attach in there could result in the felt blowing off during a bad storm which would then leave your construction exposed to leakages.
• It is also vital that when you reach the overhang of the construction with the felt you attach the felt to side of the roof structure but DO NOT tuck the felt beneath the overhang of the roof structure as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can lead to premature rotting of the construction and in some situations lead to the roof structure to water leak around the top corners of the construction as water could build up.
• Make certain you use the correct size fixings. If the roofing boards on your construction are let’s say 10mm,you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would lead to the felt nails to come completely through the roof structure. This would not appear cosmetically pleasing and would also be a real chance of a leakage 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 leakage.
• The most regularly overlooked area on a log cabin construction 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 precisely what you should do and I would strongly recommend at least once a year or if you notice a leakage. Because log 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 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 lead to 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 permeate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for example if your log cabin sits under a tree).
Timberdise Garden Buildingsset up 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 certain it is mounted appropriately. We’ve been out to repair log 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 also it could lead to a failure in the construction to be rainproof.
A prime example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been assembled appropriately on the walls. This would then lead to the log cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof structure was mounted there might be voids between the roof structure and the wall. Spaces could also 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 whypremium log cabins set up all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is a void in the wall or a void between the roof structure 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 also want to bring attention to the floor surface a second. Having your log cabin mounted 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 anyplace 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 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 permeate the inside of the cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Also,sometimes most especially during the winter months,condensation can take place inside a cabin. This is typical due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leakage and can be quite typical. We suggest at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electrical access in there and leave it operating during the cooler months. This will help take moisture content out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your cabin.
If you stick to all the above recommendations you should have a leakage free cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can provide endless pleasure and relaxation.Always remember prevention is far better than the cure.