Are garden timber cabins waterproofed is a question we got asked all the time here at timberdise garden log cabins.
The brief simple answer to your question is a definite yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the possible troubles with a timber cabin which would make the timber cabin not waterproofed and fairly frankly not fit for purpose.The main thing to seem at as soon as possible is the roof,that’s where you would imagine the main problem would begin (this is not always the situation but that’s where we will begin today). The main problem with the roof would be to have the felt or shingling to not be installed appropriately. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be undertaken by an expert especially if you are spending a lot of your hard earned money on a timber cabin.
• Make sure that the overlies are overliing in the ideal way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the structure and felt upwards. By doing this you guarantee that the felt overlies 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 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 runs off it will operate underneath the felt and consequently trigger a leak. This is exactly the same when doing shingles,make sure you set up from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlies of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overliing because this could trigger rain to get between the felt sheets and this will trigger a leak
.• Make sure 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 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 structure exposed to water leaks.
• It is in addition important that when you reach the overhang of the structure with the felt you attach the felt to side of the roof but DO NOT tuck the felt underneath the overhang of the roof as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can trigger early rotting of the structure and in some scenarios trigger the roof to water leak around the top corners of the structure as water could build up.
• Make sure 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 trigger the felt nails to come completely through the roof. This would not seem cosmetically appealing and would in addition be a real opportunity of a 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 leak.
• The most generally neglected area on a timber cabin structure is the felt or shingles on the roof. This is normally 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 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 fairly as tough and resilient 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 plants,or another instance would be a kids’s toys getting thrown up there which would all trigger damage to the felt/shingles. Not to mention lots of bird excrement can rot the felt if it is in an area where natural rain can not pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your timber cabin sits under a tree).
Timberdise Garden Buildingsset up 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 takes place is to take care of the installation and make sure it is installed 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 in addition it could trigger a failure in the structure to be waterproofed.
A prime instance of this would be that the timbers haven’t been built appropriately on the walls. This would then trigger the timber cabin to differ from the design as it was intended to be. At this point when the roof was installed there might be spaces between the roof and the wall. Openings 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 reconstruct it.
This is whyTimberdise set up all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine 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 water leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I in addition want to bring attention to the floor 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 timbers are.
Lastly let’s talk about sealants around the windows and doors. Make sure after you have treated your log 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 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 pass through the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
In addition,occasionally especially 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 leak and can be fairly normal. We suggest at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electric access in there and leave it working during the chillier months. This will help take dampness out of the air and further increase the life of your log cabin.
If you adhere to all the above pointers you should have a leak free log cabin for the duration of its life which can supply infinite enjoyment and relaxation.Keep in mind prevention is much better than the cure.