Are garden log cabins rainproof is a query we got asked all the time here at garden log cabins.
The short simple answer to your question is an unqualified yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the possible problems with a log cabin which would make the log cabin not rainproof and quite frankly 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 begin (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will begin today). The main complication with the roof structure would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be installed properly. This is quite 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 investing a lot of your hard earned money on a log cabin.
• Make sure that the overlies are overlapping in the correct way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the building 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 structure. This will ensure there is a natural run off of the water,if you begin 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 run beneath the felt and consequently lead to a leak. This is exactly the same when doing shingles,make sure you install 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 lead to rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will lead to a 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 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 building subjected to leakages.
• It is additionally important that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you nail 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 building and in some cases lead to the roof structure to leakage around the top corners of the building as water could build up.
• Make sure you use the correct size fixings. If the roofing system boards on your building 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 appealing and would additionally be a real option of a 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 leak.
• The most commonly forgotten area on a log cabin building 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 exactly what you should do and I would highly recommend at least once a year or if you notice a 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 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 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 rainwater can not pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your log cabin sits under a tree).
premium log cabins install all of our log cabins,we do this because we know you are investing a lot of money 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 sure it is installed 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 additionally it could lead to a failure in the building to be rainproof.
A prime instance of this would be that the logs haven’t been assembled properly 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 installed 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 rebuild it.
This is why Timberdise install all of our log cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is a space in the wall or a space between the roof structure 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 additionally want to bring focus to the floor surface a second. Having your log cabin installed 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 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 logs 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 pass through the inside of the cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Also,in some cases especially during the winter months,condensation can materialize inside a cabin. This is typical due to the cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leak and can be quite typical. We encourage at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electrical access in there and leave it operating during the chillier months. This will help take wetness out of the air and further increase the life of your cabin.
If you observe all the above recommendations you should have a leak free cabin for the duration of its life which can provide unlimited fulfillment and relaxation.Keep in mind prevention is much better than the cure.