Are Garden Timber Cabins Water Resistant?

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

The brief simple answer to your query 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 rainproof and quite honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to look at quickly is the roof structure, that’s where you would visualize the main problem would commence (this is not always the scenario 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 appropriately. This is quite easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be tackled by a qualified professional especially if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned cash on a timber cabin.

• Make sure that the overlaps are overlapping in the proper 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 work underneath the felt and consequently result in a water leak. This is precisely the same when doing shingles, make sure you set up 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 result in rain to get between the felt sheets and this will result in a water 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 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 leakages.

• It is additionally vital 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 underneath the overhang of the roof structure as this limits the natural run off of the water. This can result in premature rotting of the construction and in some cases result in the roof structure to water leak around the top corners of the construction as water could build up.

• Make sure 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 result in the felt nails to come completely through the roof structure. This would not look 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 precisely what you should do and I would strongly recommend 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 resilient as a typical house tile they require a little more attention. 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 children’s toys getting thrown up there which would all result in harm 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 pass through it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your timber cabin sits under a plant).

Timberdise set up 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 occurs is to take care of the installation and make sure it is mounted appropriately. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the construction is not put together appropriately then number one it won’t be safe but additionally it could result in a failure in the construction to be rainproof.

A prime instance of this would be that the logs haven’t been constructed appropriately on the walls. This would then result in 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. Gaps 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 Timberdise Garden Buildings set up all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can visualize if there is a void in the wall or a void 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 attention 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 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 sure 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 pass through the inside of the log cabin, which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.

Additionally, at times especially during the winter months, condensation can arise 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 quite normal. 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 dampness out of the air and further increase the life of your log cabin.

If you comply with all the above recommendations you should have a water leak free log cabin for the duration of its life which can supply limitless enjoyment and relaxation. Remember prevention is better than the treatment.

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