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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

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).

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