Are garden log cabins rainproof is a question we got asked all the time here at Timberdise.
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 log cabin which would make the log cabin not rainproof and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to look at instantly is the roof,that’s where you would envision 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 roof shingles to not be placed properly. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be tackled by an expert especially if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned cash on a log cabin.
• Make sure that the overlaps are overliing in the right way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the building 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 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 works off it will run under the felt and therefor cause a water leak. This is precisely the same when doing shingles,make sure you set up from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlaps 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 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 tack in the middle,possibly two rows but again this depends on the quality of the felt. Failure to put enough felt tack in there could result in the felt blowing off during a bad storm which would then leave your building exposed to leaks.
• It is also essential that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you attach 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 cause early rotting of the building and in some cases cause the roof to leakage around the top corners of the building as water could build up.
• Make sure you use the correct 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. This would not look cosmetically appealing and would also be a real option 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 frequently ignored area on a log cabin building 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 highly recommend at least once a year or if you notice a water leak. Because log cabins are not built as high as the normal house and the felt and shingles aren’t fairly 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 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 log cabin sits under a tree).
Timberdiseset 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 occurs is to take care of the installation and make sure it is placed properly. We’ve been out to repair log cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the building is not put together properly then number one it won’t be safe but also it could cause a failure in the building 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 log cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof was placed there might be spaces between the roof 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 rebuild it.
This is whytimberdise garden log cabins set up 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 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 also want to bring attention to the floor covering 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 escape 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 rainwater could penetrate the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Also,at times 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 water leak and can be fairly normal. We recommend at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it running during the colder months. This will help take humidity out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your log cabin.
If you follow all the above ideas you should have a water leak free log cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can offer endless fulfillment and relaxation.Bear in mind prevention is far better than the treatment.