Maintenance for your cabin
Spring is a good time for your cabin health check. Follow these simple steps to make sure your cabin is waterproof all year round and will last for years to come.
Look after you cabin and tend to any repairs before they become more serious
- How to check if your cabin needs another coat of protection
Splash a little water on to you shed/cabin, if the water turns to beads and runs down, then its good to go for another year. It's important to also check the end grains of the logs as these tend to soak up more moisture.
If the water appears to soak in then a new coat of protection should be applied as soon as possible. We recommend an oil based stain/protector or micro porous paint with added UV protector. (recommend 2 coats depending on the quality of the paint), this allows the timber to continue to breath but at the same time letting no water penetrate through. To maintain the waterproof coating re-painting is only required every 3-5 years.
- Check your roofing material for cracks and tears
If cracks or tears are present re-roof with a new covering immediately!
Bitumous materials deteriorate in the hot sun over the years, with the rain helping to wash out the hydrocarbons that hold it all together. Standard roofing felt generally lasts only 5 years, but don't wait to find out.
Check for dark areas of timber, this is a good indicator of leaks and rain tracks.
Always re-roof with a high quality roofing material. This will save you money in the long run
- Keep plants and trees away from your cabin
Always maintain that plants and trees don't grow to close to the perimeter of your cabin. These can direct rain onto the timber and block the sun and air circulation from drying any moisture on the cabin. Try to keep at least 1ft (300mm) of clearance between the cabin and any shrubbery by cutting back or re-planting.
- Check your guttering is clear from leaves and debris
This will only take a few minutes if done regularly to maintain that the rain water runs off and away from your cabin. A tell tale sign of a leaking or blocked gutter when dry is traces of mud or dirt splatters on the bottom of the cabin walls.
- Earth around your cabin
Try to maintain at least 2 inches where possible between the cabin and ground level, especially if you have no guttering or short over hanging eves this will reduce the rain from splashing back on to your cabin. Never pile soil or any thing against your cabin! Make sure there are no high spots that prevent the rain water from draining away.
By now you will know that water and moisture control are the key to keeping your cabin/shed in good health and looking good. If you don't have gutters already installed, they should be considered investing in. Gutters will help in caring for your cabin investment. Treating your cabin with the right quality products will protect your cabin for much longer than the cheap and nasty products, thus limiting the maintenance required.
Fire retardant treatment for timber
If your cabin requires fire proofing for any reason you should treat the cabin as soon as is practical after installation as your cabin arrives untreated. Cover with a good quality water resistant treatment. This treatment should be repeated yearly making sure all components involved within the construction of the cabin inside and out are coated. For this process we recommend a quality colourless, solvent free (so not harmful to the environment) treatment. It quickly penetrates the structure of the wood and becomes part of the log cabin, restricting ignition and the spread of flame. These treatments can also be over coated with wood stains and varnishes.
To find a quality fire retardant treatment for timber simply look on the inter net there are a couple to choose from that are suitable.