Are garden timber cabins waterproof is a query we got asked all the time here at Timberdise.
The brief simple answer to your question is an unqualified yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the conceivable problems with a log cabin which would make the timber cabin not waterproof and fairly honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at quickly is the roof,that’s where you would visualize the main problem would commence (this is not always the case but that’s where we will commence today). The main problem with the roof would be to have the felt or shingling to not be set up correctly. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be tackled by a professional especially if you are spending a lot of your hard earned cash on a log cabin.
• Make certain that the overlaps are overliing 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. This will guarantee there is a natural run off of the water,if you commence 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 works off it will run under the felt and consequently create a leakage. This is just exactly the same when doing shingles,make certain you mount from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlaps of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overliing because this could create rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will create a leakage
.• Make certain you use sufficient 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 construction subjected to leaks.
• It is in addition essential 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 under the overhang of the roof as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can create premature rotting of the construction and in some situations create 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 roof boards on your construction are let’s say 10mm,you don’t want felt nails of 16mm. Doing this would create the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not seem cosmetically appealing and would in addition be a real opportunity 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 commonly ignored 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 just exactly what you should do and I would recommend at least once a year or if you notice a leakage. Because timber cabins are not built as high as the typical house and the felt and shingles aren’t fairly 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 plants,or another example would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all create harm 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 example if your timber cabin sits under a plant).
Timberdise Garden Buildings mount 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 guarantee this happens is to take care of the installation and make certain it is set up correctly. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the construction is not put together correctly then number one it won’t be safe but in addition it could create a failure in the construction to be waterproof.
A prime example of this would be that the logs haven’t been built correctly on the walls. This would then create the timber cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof was set up there might be gaps between the roof and the wall. Spaces 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 why garden log cabins mount all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can visualize if there is a space in the wall or a space 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 in addition want to bring focus to the floor covering a second. Having your timber cabin set up 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 log 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 escape 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 log 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 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.
In addition,in some cases especially during the winter months,condensation can materialize inside a cabin. This is typical due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leakage and can be fairly typical. We recommend at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electric access in there and leave it working during the colder months. This will help take wetness out of the air and further increase the life-span of your log cabin.
If you follow all the above pointers you should have a leakage free log cabin for the duration of its life-span which can offer limitless pleasure and relaxation.Always remember prevention is better than the cure.