You might wonder why you need to worry about log cabin maintenance. After all, each log cabin kit has the highest quality materials and requires minimal maintenance.
However, even our log cabin range will require some maintenance from time to time, and it is impossible to avoid.
To ensure your garden cabin has the longest possible life span, it is essential to take the necessary maintenance measures.
Your maintenance checklist:
- Ensure your cabin is treated as soon as you build it.
- Ensure you re-apply a treatment whenever needed, ideally once per year.
- Ensure you continue to watch for leaks or rain damage.
- Ensure you tackle any moisture quickly and effectively.
- Ensure your log cabin shed is secure.
Log Cabin Treatment
Our log cabin kits come untreated to allow you to finish it in a style that suits you.
However, treatment is extremely important, and you should treat your log cabin as fast as possible once you have built it. If not, your log cabin with begin to get damaged much more quickly.
Before executing your log cabin base layer treatment, cover the glass, surrounding ground, and hinges, with tape so you don’t cover them with paint by mistake.
We recommend you start from the top and work through one wall at a time. After the first coat has dried, apply another coat, and then remove the tape.
Before treating your cabin, ensure it is fully dry to get the best results.
Ensure you re-apply a treatment whenever needed
Unfortunately, applying your treatment for the first time won’t be the last time. Keep an eye on your log cabin, and if water starts seeping into the wood, you need to act quickly to prevent irreversible damage.
Ensure you continue to watch for leaks or rain damage
When you are cleaning your log cabin, keep an eye out for any potential rain spots or dirt splatters that appear on the walls, as they could be more damaging than they appear.
If you notice these spots appear, consider purchasing a silicone sealant from your local DIY store to waterproof those areas.
Ensure you tackle any moisture quickly and effectively
Moisture is one of your biggest challenges with any log cabin. Insulated log cabins tend to suffer less, but any timber log cabin will experience moisture from time to time due to fluctuations in temperature.
Even if you are only using your log cabin to store garden equipment, you still need to keep on top of any moisture that appears.
Moisture can occur in four main areas.
It is impossible to stop the rain! However, where you place your log cabin and which roof you opt for will help reduce the impact raid can have.
Avoid placing your cabin under trees to prevent dripping, and pick a roof type that will allow snow and rain to quickly run off and away from the cabin to prevent damage.
It is essential not to set your cabin on the ground, as this greatly increases the chances of water seeping in through your floor.
Start by implementing a concrete base, and ensure it is well insulated. Any joints between the walls and the floor must be secure to prevent water from getting in.
One easy way to ensure your log cabin has efficient drainage is to place it in the highest area of your garden. This action will prevent rain from splashing onto the logs. Your guttering should also be set up to direct water away from the cabin, keeping it clean and dry.
Keeping your cabin warm
One of the toughest tasks of purchasing a log cabin is keeping it warm during the cold winter months. Even with our extremely thick walls and double glazing, a thinner floor or roof can cause heat loss.
Each of our log cabins allows you to fully insulate your log cabin, including the roof and floor, to keep the cabin warmer in winter and reduce moisture.
On dry summer days, open the windows or doors to prevent them from steaming up and reducing compensation.
Ensure your log cabin shed is secure
Our range of log cabins is some of the most secure on the market. We only use the best possible materials, implement the tongue and groove building style, and each log cabin comes with double-glazed windows and doors and 44m wall thicknesses as a minimum.