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How to maintain your log cabin in simple steps

After your log cabin is erected it’s important that you take a few essential steps to ensure it lasts a lifetime and much more.

With a little effort, which includes regular checking and maintenance when needed, you can rest assured that your cabin is fully protected.

Stain or paint

Moisture control and damp management are the key factors to keep in mind when maintaining your log cabin.

Top of the list of actions to take is coating your log cabin with a high quality wood stain both inside and out to maximise water resilience and preserve your timber.

It is essential to recoat your cabin with the same recommended high quality stain or paint at least every couple of years or if at any time the stain begins to appear faded. Never be tempted to apply cheap stain or paint. We recommend using only treatment which has a thickness of at least 100-120 microns.

Natural  Shrinkage

All kiln dried wood used in log cabins will shrink slightly overtime as it acclimatises to its location. The shrinkage will not damage your cabin in any way.

By the very nature of wood as a natural product it may present small splits and cracks overtime. This too is completely normal due to the thickness of the wood and will not harm your cabin’s structure in any way.

Cabin Settlement

All of our log cabins are designed to allow for settlement over time. As the logs contract, walls will decrease in size - sometimes by up to a couple of inches. Our cabins always allow for this natural shrinkage to ensure our structures remain sound. Minor adjustments may need to be made to windows and doors. We only supply windows and doors with adjustable hinges to make this a very simple task which will take just a few minutes.

Wood Preservative

To prevent any decay or rot it is very important to treat your log cabin with a high quality wood preservative.

Cabins should be re-treated every year with an exterior varnish or wood stain to protect against the elements.

Top tips for log cabin protection

• Keep plants and trees away from your log cabin to allow sunshine and air circulation to dry out any moisture. Providing at least a foot of space between your cabin and any foliage should ensure there is adequate ventilation

• A water spray test is an easy way to check whether a fresh coat of treatment should be applied. Simply spray a little water on your cabin and if the water beads and rolls off then re-treatment may not be required for another year. Spray testing the log ends is very important when doing this as the cut-end grain is where moisture is most likely to be absorbed.

• Guttering is essential in moisture control of log cabins and it is recommended that it be installed right after erection. It is also important to regularly check guttering for any obstructions to water flow such as leaves.

• Soil around the log cabin should be a minimum of two inches from the base to reduce splashing from ground or rainwater.

• Adjusting doors and windows will most likely need to be carried out to correspond with seasonal weather changes due to the effects on wood of varying moisture levels in the air.