Are garden timber cabins waterproofed is a question we got asked all the time here at View our products.
The short simple answer to your query is an unqualified yes!
Why would they not be?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the plausible troubles with a timber cabin which would make the timber cabin not waterproofed and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at quickly is the roof structure, that’s where you would imagine the main problem would start (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will start today). The main problem with the roof structure would be to have the felt or shingling to not be installed properly. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be carried out by an expert most especially if you are investing a lot of your hard earned money on a timber cabin.
• Make certain that the overlaps are overlapping in the proper way. You should always start felting at the bottom of the construction and felt upwards. By doing this you ensure that the felt overlaps 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 start felting at the top of the roof structure and you put the overlap from the bottom pieces over the top of the felt higher up when the rain runs off it will work beneath the felt and therefor create a water leak. This is just exactly the same when doing shingles, make certain you install from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlaps 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 ample 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 pin in the middle,possibly two rows but again this depends on the quality of the felt. Failure to put enough felt pin in there could result in the felt blowing off during a bad storm which would then leave your construction subjected to leakages.
• It is additionally essential 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 beneath the overhang of the roof structure as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can create early rotting of the construction and in some cases create the roof structure to water leak around the top corners of the construction as water could build up.
• Make certain you use the correct size fixings. If the roofing 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 structure. This would not appear cosmetically pleasing and would additionally be a real chance of a water leak 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 water leak.
• The most typically neglected 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 just exactly what you should do and I would suggest 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 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 trees, or another instance would be a kids’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 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 garden log cabins install 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 ensure this takes place is to take care of the installation and make certain it is installed properly. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the construction is not put together properly then number one it won’t be safe but additionally it could create a failure in the construction to be waterproofed.
A prime instance of this would be that the logs haven’t been built properly 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 structure was installed there might be spaces between the roof structure and the wall. Spaces 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 reconstruct it.
This is why View our products install all of our timber 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 log cabin open and it would most definitely water leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I additionally want to bring focus to the floor surface a second. Having your timber 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 log 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 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 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.
Also, occasionally most especially during the winter months, condensation can materialize inside a log 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 encourage 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 humidity out of the air and further increase the lifespan of your log cabin.
If you stick to all the above tips you should have a water leak free log cabin for the duration of its lifespan which can provide indefinite fulfillment and relaxation. Bear in mind prevention is better than the treatment.