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How to Guide

 

Log Cabin Maintenance

 

To prolong the life of your log cabin it is vital that you make every endeavor to protect and maintain it correctly. Our log cabins are manufactured from virgin Baltic timber and are supplied untreated.

 

Simple Maintenance Tips:

 

  • Ensure that your cabin is treated both externally and internally as soon as it has been erected.
  • Use high quality treatment or stain, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Re-apply treatment or stain to areas affected most by the weather when required.
  • Check for rain damage and water ingress.
  • Take adequate steps to control moisture within and around your log cabin.
  • Ensure that the log cabin can settle correctly.

 

Treatment

 

Once your log cabin has been installed it will need to be regularly maintained in order to prevent the timber from deteriorating. Immediately following installation you must treat the inside and the outside of your log cabin with a high quality timber treatment or wood stain, this will need to be repeated at not less than annual intervals.

Some areas more exposed to, and likely to be most affected by, the weather may need recoating on a regular basis – i.e. fascia boards or overhangs where the rain runs off, corner joints and the ends of the logs.

A simple way of checking if the cabin is ready to be retreated is to spray a little clean water onto the surface and if it beads up and rolls down the boards the existing treatment is still effective, if however it seeps into the wood it’s time to get the brushes out.

 

Natural Shrinkage and Settlement

 

Your Log Cabin kit has been crafted from Virgin Baltic Timber which will have retained some of its natural moisture content. The moisture content of the timber will vary, depending upon prevailing environmental conditions, which will result in the timbers either expanding or contracting naturally. As they dry, the logs shrink slightly – even after the cabin has been installed, a further amount of shrinkage is likely to occur as the logs adjust to their location.

As the logs shrink a little, settlement will occur in your log cabin, which will cause the walls to lower. This is a natural occurrence, and log cabins are designed with this in mind, allowing individual logs to settle without affecting the finished result. 

As wood is a natural product it is also likely you may notice small splits and cracks in some of the logs, these can be filled using a suitable flexible wood filler, this will not affect the structure of your log cabin.

 

Glazing Units

 

The glazed windows and doors are not sealed for delivery or as part of the installation. This is to allow the glazing units to be removed from the frame when you first treat or stain the log cabin. After the cabin has been treated or stained the glazing units can be refitted and sealed using a suitable flexible sealant (not supplied).

 

Maintenance Tips: 

  • Moisture control and damp management are key factors in increasing the longevity of your log cabin. Guttering is a great investment, if you have guttering already, be sure to check it regularly for any obstructions, such as leaves.
  • It's a good idea to make sure any soil or earth around the log cabin isn't too close to the base - a minimum of 2" from the base will reduce rain splashing back onto the logs.
  • Minor adjustments may need to be made to the doors from time to time - due to the 'swelling' nature of the wood - this will most likely need to be done near the changing of the seasons, because there is more moisture in the air during the colder months, and less during the summer months.

 

 

Testimonials

Fantastic delivery service yesterday , thank you Richard. Nottingham to Cornwall for breakfast time . Well done . Now we just have to build it .

Teresa Abbots, Cornwall