The Buyers Guide to Log Cabins
Buying a new log cabin can be a daunting prospect, there are so many choices and it's not easy to spot a bargain. Here we take you through all that you need to know about a log cabin, making it easier for you to work out what you need.
What size do I need?
Log cabins come in a large assortment of sizes which are suited to various functions. If you're after a garden office for several staff, a home gym or a yoga studio, then you'd be best buying one of our larger varieties. If you're after a kid's games room, a little extra living or entertaining space, you might opt for a smaller model.
Each product page will tell you the approximate size of the cabin in square feet so you can easily compare products. There are also plans on each product page that you can download.
Which Log Thickness Should I Buy?
Our range of log cabins is manufactured using kiln dried Nordic spruce; all sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Since timber is a natural product it is susceptible to moisture and changes in temperature, which can lead to movement and changes in shape. This effect can be magnified depending on how thin or long the wall timbers are on your log cabin.
However, for a smaller log cabin (up to 3.5 m square) this shouldn't be much of a problem. Such log cabins are great for occasional use purposes like a summerhouse, games room or may be as a gym.
Our log cabins with thicker wall timbers (>44 mm) tend to be less susceptible to movement and will also have double glazed windows and doors. These types of log cabin are more suited to frequent use functions as they are easier to heat / cool. These are the best option for use as garden offices, to create additional living / entertaining space or home gym.
Our experience tells us that it is always best to buy the thickest walls that you can afford. You may see cheaper log cabins elsewhere but they tend to have thinner timbers and single glazing.
Which Type of Glazing Do I Need?
Our cabins have “tilt & turn” window casements that are not top hung glorified summerhouse windows which are generally sold with cheaper alternatives. Also, the door and window frames are made with laminated / engineered timber which increases stability and strength.
There are three types of glazing used in our log cabins:
Perspex glazing – Tough and difficult to break, having a higher impact strength than glass. It also has a greater thermal conductivity than glass and is a better insulator than double glazing.
Toughened glass single glazing – More scratch resistant than Perspex glazing and has a better shine. Best suited for summerhouses.
Double glazing – Provides a greater level of insulation than single glazing.
Do I want Felt Sheet or Shingle Tiles on the Roof?
Unlike other suppliers, all our log cabins feature heavy grade mineral roof felt to protect you from the elements.
Our felt shingle tiles option are longer lasting than standard roof felt and have room to expand and contract with the changing weather – reducing the chance of splits and cracks.
Are the Roof and Floor Panels Standard?
The floor and roofs of our log cabins are made from tongue and groove boards. These have the advantage of producing a smooth and waterproof surface. Other, cheaper log cabins will often use thin board material to drive down the price, to the detriment of building.
The floor is supported on joists which have been pressure treated lifting the floor off of your hard standing or plastic base kit. It is possible to place foam insulation boards and an underfloor heating system under the flooring –creating a cosy living space all year round.
Do I need to Varnishing or use a Stain Treatment on my Log Cabin?
The timbers for a log cabin are often supplied to you untreated. This is because the process of pressure treatment results in the swelling of the interlocking joints –making them unusable.
We use kiln dried Nordic spruce timber which easily accepts a liquid preservative treatment.
This must be applied within a few weeks of constructing your log cabin. The treatment will keep the timbers looking great for years to come. You may also use a decorative coating once the preservative treatment has cured.