Are garden timber cabins watertight is a question we got asked all the time here at Timberdise Garden Buildings.
The concise simple answer to your query is a resounding yes!
Why would they not be?
Well,let’s take a look at some of the conceivable complications with a timber cabin which would make the timber cabin not watertight and fairly honestly not fit for purpose.The main thing to appear at right away is the roof structure,that’s where you would imagine the main issue would begin (this is not always the case but that’s where we will begin today). The main issue with the roof structure would be to have the felt or roof shingles to not be set up appropriately. This is fairly easily done if this is something you have never done before and why it should always be carried out by a professional particularly if you are putting in a lot of your hard earned cash on a timber cabin.
• Make sure that the overlies are overlapping in the right way. You should always begin felting at the bottom of the building 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 structure. This will ensure there is a natural run off of the water,if you begin 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 operates off it will work underneath the felt and consequently bring about a leakage. This is just exactly the same when doing shingles,make sure you place from bottom upwards.
• Make sure the overlies of the felt/shingles are fairly generous. You don’t want them to be just barely overlapping because this could bring about rain 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 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 building subjected to leakages.
• It is additionally vital that when you reach the overhang of the building with the felt you attach 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 bring about early rotting of the building and in some situations bring about the roof structure to leak around the top corners of the building as water could build up.
• Make sure you use the right size fixings. If the roofing boards on your building 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 option of a leakage in the building. 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 generally neglected area on a timber cabin building is the felt or shingles on the roof structure. This is mainly 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 leakage. Because timber cabins are not built as high as the normal house and the felt and shingles aren’t fairly as tough and durable 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 kids’s toys getting thrown up there which would all bring about 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 penetrate it to create a natural run off and cleaning system (for instance if your timber cabin sits under a plant).
View our products place 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 happens is to take care of the installation and make sure it is set up appropriately. We’ve been out to repair timber cabins in the past built by non-skilled people and if the building is not put together appropriately then number one it won’t be safe but additionally it could bring about a failure in the building to be watertight.
A prime instance of this would be that the timbers haven’t been constructed appropriately 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 set up there might be gaps 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 reconstruct it.
This is why premium log cabins place all of our timber cabins so you don’t have this to worry about. As you can imagine if there is a gap in the wall or a gap between the roof structure and the wall this would leave the log cabin open and it would most definitely leak which is what we want to avoid at all costs.
I additionally want to bring attention to the floor surface a second. Having your timber cabin set up 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 anywhere 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 penetrate the inside of the log cabin,which again is easily fixed by applying sealants.
Additionally,occasionally particularly during the winter months,condensation can occur inside a log cabin. This is normal due to the log cabins not having any insulation fitted,it is not a leakage and can be fairly normal. We suggest at Timberdise to get a dehumidifier if you have electrical access in there and leave it operating during the cooler months. This will help take moisture content out of the air and further increase the life-span of your log cabin.
If you stick to all the above strategies you should have a leakage free log cabin for the duration of its life-span which can provide infinite fulfillment and relaxation.Keep in mind prevention is better than the treatment.