Are Garden Timber Cabins Watertight?

Are garden timber cabins rainproof is a query we got asked all the time here at Timberdise.

 

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 plausible issues with a timber cabin which would make the timber cabin not rainproof and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at instantly is the roof structure, that’s where you would imagine the main problem would commence (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will commence today). The main problem with the roof structure would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be mounted correctly. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be undertaken by a qualified professional especially if you are spending a lot of your hard earned money 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 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 structure. This will guarantee there is a natural run off of the water, if you commence 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 works off it will run under the felt and consequently bring about a leakage. This is precisely the same when doing shingles, make sure you mount from bottom upwards.

 

• Make sure the overlaps of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could bring about rainwater to get between the felt sheets and this will bring about a leakage

 

• Make sure 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 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 construction subjected to leaks.

 

• It is additionally crucial that when you reach the overhang of the construction with the felt you tack the felt to side of the roof structure but DO NOT tuck the felt under the overhang of the roof structure as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can bring about early rotting of the construction and in some scenarios bring about the roof structure to leakage around the top corners of the construction as water could build up.

 

• Make sure 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 bring about the felt nails to come completely through the roof structure. This would not appear cosmetically appealing and would additionally be a real chance 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 frequently overlooked area on a timber cabin construction is the felt or shingles on the roof structure. 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 precisely what you should do and I would strongly 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 resilient 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 kids’s toys getting thrown up there which would all bring about 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 permeate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for good example if your timber cabin sits under a tree).

 

garden log cabins mount all of our timber cabins, we do this because we know you are investing a lot of money 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 happens 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 construction is not put together correctly then number one it won’t be safe but additionally it could bring about a failure in the construction to be rainproof.

 

A prime good example of this would be that the logs haven’t been built correctly on the walls. This would then bring about the timber cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof structure was mounted there might be voids between the roof structure and the wall. Openings could additionally 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 garden log cabins mount all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is an opening in the wall or an opening 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 flooring a second. Having your timber cabin mounted 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 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 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 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 permeate the inside of the cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.

 

In addition, at times especially during the winter months, condensation can develop 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 encourage at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electric access in there and leave it working during the cooler months. This will help take moisture out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your cabin.

 

If you adhere to all the above pointers you should have a leakage free cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can provide infinite fulfillment and relaxation. Remember prevention is far better than the cure.

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