Are garden timber cabins waterproofed is a query we got asked all the time here at premium log cabins.
The very short simple answer to your question is an unquestionable yes!
Why would they not be?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the conceivable complications with a timber cabin which would make the timber cabin not waterproofed and quite honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at instantly is the roof, that’s where you would envision the main issue would commence (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will commence today). The main issue with the roof would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be mounted correctly. This is quite easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be undertaken by a specialist particularly if you are investing a lot of your hard earned cash on a timber cabin.
• Make sure that the overlaps are overlapping in the ideal way. You should always commence 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 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 work under the felt and consequently create a leak. This is precisely the same when doing shingles, make sure you mount from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlaps of the felt/shingles are quite generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could create rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will create 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 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 subjected to leaks.
• It is also vital that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you nail 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 early rotting of the building and in some scenarios create 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 roofing boards on your building 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 opportunity 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 frequently forgotten area on a timber cabin building is the felt or shingles on the roof. This is typically 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 recommend at least once a year or if you notice a leak. Because timber cabins are not built as high as the normal 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 plants, or another good example would be a children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all create 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 good example if your timber cabin sits under a plant).
garden log cabins mount all of our timber cabins, we do this because we know you are investing a lot of cash into a timber cabin and you want it to be around for a long period of time. So the best way we can guarantee this takes place is to take care of the installation and make sure it is mounted correctly. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the building is not put together correctly then number one it won’t be safe but also it could create a failure in the building to be waterproofed.
A prime good example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been constructed 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 mounted there might be gaps between the roof and the wall. Voids 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 reconstruct it.
This is why Timberdise Garden Buildings mount 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 cabin open and it would most definitely leakage which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I also want to bring focus to the floor covering a second. Having your timber 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 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 sure 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 rainwater could pass through the inside of the cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
In addition, in some cases particularly during the winter months, condensation can develop inside a cabin. This is normal due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted, it is not a leak and can be quite normal. We suggest 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-span of your cabin.
If you comply with all the above tips you should have a leak free cabin for the duration of its life-span which can offer endless fulfillment and relaxation. Keep in mind prevention is better than the treatment.