Once you have installed your log cabin/timber building and treated it inside and out very little maintenance will need to be done. Usually, only the area’s most affected by the weather will need re-touching (fascia boards for example). When it begins to look faded it’s a sign for another coat.
Natural Shrinkage When trees mature they have moisture in them. Once they have been chopped, the moisture level begins to drop to equate with the surrounding environment; this can take many years if left to happen naturally, however, the logs are kiln dried to speed up the process. As they dry, they shrink slightly. Most of the shrinkage happens before the logs are manufactured but once the log cabin has been installed, the logs will dry out a bit more to match your surrounding climate. As the wood shrinks, this leads to settlement. As timber is a natural product minor adjustments, when the building settles, may have to be carried out by the customer. Adjustments may be needed to the doors and windows as they may drop, expand, contract over the season. Alternatively, adjustments can be carried out on a chargeable basis by our installation teams. Wood is a natural product and will over time have splits and cracks but with the wood thickness, this will not harm the structure of your cabin.
In log cabins, settlement occurs when the logs shrink a little, causing the walls to lower a couple of inches. This is a natural occurrence. The log cabins are designed with this in mind, allowing the individual logs to settle without affecting the finished result. When installing the garden cabin it is recommended to finish off by treating your log cabin with a good wood preservative to prevent any rot and decay; however we suggest that within a year of installing the log cabin you will need to retreat the cabin to protect from the UV rays, to do this you should coat with an exterior Sadolin Ultra or a colored wood stain.
A few maintenance tips for your Log Cabin are;
- Inspect your plants and trees (if apparent) around the perimeter edge of the log cabin haven’t grown too close to the wood. These can divert rain onto the logs and prevent the sun and air circulation from drying any moisture. You should ideally have a good foot of space between your cabin and any foliage so trim them back or re-plant.
- Spray a bit of water on your logs and see what it does: should it bead up and roll down you’re okay for another year. If it soaks in you should be considering a new coat of treatment. It’s important to check the log ends as the cut end grain will absorb more moisture.
- It should seem apparent that moisture control and damp management are key factors in the longevity of your timber building. If you don’t have guttering, they can be a great investment. If you do then check they are unobstructed4. Make sure that the soil /earth around the log cabin isn’t too close to the base. You want a minimum of 2″ from the base and the ground to reduce rain splashing back onto the logs.
Also from time to time, minor adjustments may need to be done with your doors, as they can occasionally swell. The log cabins come complete with adjustable hinges that should rectify the problem.