You’ve decided that now is the time to put something at the bottom of the garden in that unused space. Maybe a shed once stood there but time, or the children using it as a climbing frame, has left the space empty. So why not settle on a log cabin for an extra space to work or entertain in or a place you can let your hobby safely consume? With this kind of investment you want to make sure you’ve researched and found the best.
Well, you’re in luck! We did some of the research for you by installing a cabin from one of our competitors to compare with a similar cabin of our own. Both cabins have stood side by side for the same period of time to make sure both cabins have endured the same conditions. It has been an eye opening experiment for everyone who has seen it! The cabins have now been taken down to make space for a wider product range, but we have documented the results of our experiment thoroughly below!
Presentation is important, you want your log cabin to look exceptional once built. Our tight quality control makes this possible! Each log is cut to size, creating a uniform row of ends in each external corner of your cabin. Unfortunately, our competitor’s cabin brings their existence of quality control into debate with uneven logs. This has caused uneven corners due to each log being cut to different lengths, filled with gaps due to their problematic tongue and groove system.
Interlocking tongue and groove
Interlocking tongue and groove walls are used in all of our log cabins. This method allows for an easy construction and a structurally stable log cabin. Deeper grooves, and longer tongues, allow for the natural expansion and contraction of timber due to the weather, while minimising the possibility of gaps forming between boards. The competitor’s log cabin uses the same method but the large grooves leave the tongues loose, which has left an unsightly mess with the log ends resulting in extreme gaps in various areas of the log cabin.
Unlike our competitor we include a secondary notch on our logs, sometimes known as a wing notch, which strengthens the tongue and groove system allowing for a more even finish. The secondary notch further reduces the risk of gaps appearing in the corner of you cabin which would allow rain water to seep through, this is done by creating more overlaps between the surface of the logs.
The window panes, used in both the window and the door of our Sarrace Core Log Cabin, are made from 4mm glass. This is less likely to break than 3mm horticultural glass, and unlike plastic or persex it will not scratch easily or cloud up over time. Unlike the single Styrene glazing used on the competitor’s cabin, our 4mm glass will not bend when touched or rattle in its frame due to the weather outside.
These are not the only features of the competitor’s cabin that let them down. A number of finishing touches such as floor trims and storm braces are completely missing! Floor trims cover over the gaps which are always otherwise present. The floor boards are never cut to exactly the same length as the wall boards as they need to expand and contract and may do so at different rates. As these trims are missing from the competitor’s cabin, the floor looks cheap and gaps are visible around the edge.
Storm braces help protect your cabin against strong winds by attaching the upper wall logs to the lower wall logs, meaning the wind would have a much greater weight to lift. Our storm braces also have grooves which allow the wood to expand and contract, easily, when necessary.
At Dunster House we’re very tough on quality and attention to detail. It’s one of the reasons we design, prototype and manufacture everything in-house. Our wooden panels are all planed to receive a neat and even finish. When looking at our competitor’s cabin, many of the logs have rough surfaces and frayed ends. They can easily result in splinters. Some panels even show signs of their former lives as trees. With remnants of bark obviously visible questioning the existence of the company’s quality control procedure.
We manufacture all of our log cabins out of slow grown Spruce. This is because it’s a mature timber, less likely to shrink, warp or split. It also produces a lot less sap than Pine. So sap runs is less likely to ruin clothes and furnishings. Unfortunately our competitor’s cabin is not made with the same quality material. So substantial sap runs have been seeping from panels. Thus leaving a sticky mess on the walls, floor and shoes of anyone with the misfortune to step into the cabin!
If you want to check out our high-quality log cabins for yourself, why not visit your nearest branch? (See locations here)