Are garden timber cabins water resistant is a query we got asked all the time here at View our products.
The short simple answer to your question is an unqualified yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the potential issues with a timber cabin which would make the timber cabin not water resistant and quite honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to look at right away is the roof,that’s where you would visualize the main trouble would begin (this is not always the scenario but that’s where we will begin today). The main trouble with the roof would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be placed correctly. This is quite easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be carried out by an expert particularly if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned cash on a timber cabin.
• Make certain that the overlies are overlapping in the right way. You should always begin 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 begin 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 beneath the felt and therefor lead to a water leak. This is just exactly the same when doing shingles,make certain you mount from bottom upwards.
• Make certain the overlies of the felt/shingles are quite generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could lead to rain to get between the felt sheets and this will lead to a water leak
• 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 structure subjected to leaks.
• It is in addition crucial that when you reach the overhang of the structure with the felt you nail 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 lead to premature rotting of the structure and in some cases lead to the roof to water leak around the top corners of the structure as water could build up.
• Make certain you use the correct 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 lead to the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not look cosmetically pleasing and would in addition be a real option 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 frequently forgotten area on a timber cabin structure 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 just 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 quite as tough and sturdy as a typical 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 lead to 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 example if your timber cabin sits under a plant).
timberdise 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 ensure this occurs is to take care of the installation and make certain it is placed correctly. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the structure is not put together correctly then number one it won’t be safe but in addition it could lead to a failure in the structure to be water resistant.
A prime example of this would be that the timbers haven’t been built correctly on the walls. This would then lead to 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 spaces 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 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 visualize if there is a space in the wall or a space between the roof and the wall this would leave the cabin open and it would most definitely water leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I in addition want to bring focus 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,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 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 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 rain could penetrate the inside of the cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
In addition,at times particularly during the winter months,condensation can happen inside a cabin. This is normal due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a water leak and can be quite normal. We recommend at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have power access in there and leave it operating during the cooler months. This will help take moisture out of the air and further increase the life of your cabin.
If you observe all the above tips you should have a water leak free cabin for the duration of its life which can provide limitless fulfillment and relaxation.Remember prevention is more desirable than the treatment.