Are garden timber cabins watertight is a question we got asked all the time here at timberdise garden log cabins.
The brief simple answer to your question is a resounding yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the possible issues with a log cabin which would make the timber cabin not watertight and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at quickly is the roof,that’s where you would envision 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 would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be placed appropriately. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be carried out by a specialist most especially if you are investing a lot of your hard earned money on a log cabin.
• Make certain that the overlies are overlapping in the ideal way. You should always commence felting at the bottom of the structure 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 commence 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 beneath the felt and consequently create a water leak. This is exactly the same when doing shingles,make certain you set up from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlies of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could create rain to get between the felt sheets and this will create 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 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 structure exposed to leakages.
• It is also essential that when you reach the overhang of the structure with the felt you pin 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 create early rotting of the structure and in some cases create the roof to leak around the top corners of the structure as water could build up.
• Make certain you use the right size fixings. If the roofing boards on your structure 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 also be a real possibility of a water leak in the structure. 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 generally ignored area on a log cabin structure is the felt or shingles on the roof. This is generally 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 encourage at least once a year or if you notice a water leak. Because timber cabins are not built as high as the normal house and the felt and shingles aren’t fairly as tough and sturdy 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 trees,or another instance 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 rain can not penetrate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your timber cabin sits under a tree).
Timberdise set up all of our timber 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 happens 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 structure is not put together appropriately then number one it won’t be safe but also it could create a failure in the structure to be watertight.
A prime instance of this would be that the timbers haven’t been assembled appropriately 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 placed there might be openings between the roof and the wall. Spaces could also 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 rebuild it.
This is why timberdise garden log cabins set up all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can envision if there is a void in the wall or a void between the roof and the wall this would leave the log cabin open and it would most definitely leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I also want to bring attention to the flooring 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 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 timbers 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 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 rain could penetrate the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Additionally,sometimes most especially during the winter months,condensation can arise 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 suggest at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it operating during the colder months. This will help take dampness out of the air and further increase the life of your log cabin.
If you comply with all the above ideas you should have a water leak free log cabin for the duration of its life which can offer indefinite fulfillment and relaxation.Always remember prevention is more desirable than the treatment.