In order for log cabins to have a prolonged life it’s vitally important that you take the correct measures to maintain them properly. In this blog post we bullet point just a few of the crucial points from the Log Cabin Care and Maintenance guide on our website. To read the full document, click here.
- We strongly advise that you continue to treat your log cabin regularly to strengthen it against varying weather conditions. If left untreated, your log cabin will deteriorate.
Log Cabin Care and Maintenance
Treatment top up
- If you need to check whether it’s time to re-apply a treatment, spray a bit of water onto your log cabin exterior and see what happens. If the water beads up and rolls down the surface without seeping into the wood, you’re all right for another year. However, if the water soaks into the wood, you’ll need to apply a fresh coat. Be sure to check the corners and ends of the logs as well; even if most of the surface is still resistant, the sides might be absorbing more moisture.
- If you’re treating your log cabin now during the winter time, make sure that the building is completely dry before you begin. Check the weather forecast and time this part of the maintenance so that it is undertaken with dry weather. Before you start, use masking tape to protect hinges and glass and if you wish to you can protect the ground around your log cabin with ground sheets.
Cleaning may be required
- In some cases you will need to clean your log cabin before re-applying treatment. You can do this by hand, using a lightly damp cloth. If the cabin is very dirty you may need to sand the area before applying a fresh coat of stain.
- During the cleaning process it is useful to note where the dirt splatters and rain spots have built up on the walls. They may be causing damage. Here you should be taking extra measures to protect your cabin against these elements in those areas. This can be vital for locating certain areas of your log cabin that you may need to waterproof with a silicone sealant (available from DIY stores), although you should only use this after re-applying treatment to your cabin. Common problem areas include the joints around the windows and doors, the interlocking corners from under the roof to the foundations, and any visible gaps on the log ends.
Controlling moisture in and around your log cabin
Creating an environment that aids moisture control is one of the most important aspects of log cabin maintenance. This can be broken down into four key areas: the roof, foundations, surrounding drainage and keeping the cabin warm.
- During periods of heavy snowfall, you should brush off any snow that accumulates on the roof. As well as make sure to clear any snow from the surrounding area
Take care of your foundations
- Ensure that the foundations are well insulated. Also, the earth around the log cabin isn’t too close to the base. In addition, you should make sure that that the joints between the floor and the walls are secure so that no water can seep through.
- Use a gutter to direct water well away from your log cabin. Ensuring that it’s clean so the flow of water isn’t disrupted.
- Keeping your log cabin warm in the winter can be tricky. Even if yours has thick walls, a thinner roof and floor can result in lots of heat lost. Insulating your roof and floor is the best solution for heat retention; as is opting for an underfloor heating system.
- Opening the windows on dry days or when they are steamed up can also help prevent damp caused by condensation.