Treating Your Log Cabin

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Treating Your Log Cabin

Author : Martin Corby
Date Issued : 2 March 2011
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Most log cabin kits are delivered in an untreated state. A reputable supplier will include pressure treated bearers on which your cabin sits, otherwise be prepared to treat at the very least all the external faces.

  • Should I treat all logs before construction starts ?
    • Up for debate this, but in our opinion, modern timber preservatives soak far enough into the grain to apply your timber treatment after construction is complete.
  • Exception to the Rule !
    • As always, an exception to the rule. There are certain components that once fitted, you will not have access to all areas, these are predominantly roof trims and fascia boards. Before installing these, it would be prudent to give them a good application.
  • Go ahead and build
    • OK, so all the necessary pre-treatment has been carried out. Now get on and build before the next heavy rain shower !
  • External Treatment
    • The build is complete, you pat yourself on the back, finish a cup of tea and get your paint brush out.
    • …….or do you ?……..
    • The answer to this question is “yes” if you enjoy sploshing liquid about. In that case get on your white overalls and start painting, however……….
    • Personally, I’m not that keen and like to expedite the job as best I can. Most applications will allow you to apply it using a coarse garden fence sprayer. This will save you hours, literally.
    • Once you have sprayed as much as possible there will be an element of “cutting in” with a paint brush. This is unavoidable unless you don’t mind tidying up overspray on doors and windows.
    • Be generous with the application, follow the manufacturers recomendations as far as number of coats, but it is likely two coats will be required.
  • What Treatment to Use
    • Just like the choice you had when choosing your cabin, there are a number of choices as far as the treatment goes.
    • At the top of the tree (as far as cost goes) are Companys such as Sikkens and Sadolin. Both been around a long time and produce excellent timber treatment products. Can be expensive.
    • My own preference is what I would describe as a “middle of the road” product, something akin to Cuprinol shed and fence preserver, ideally the oil based version. This comes in a number of usable shades, including clear. I feel the oil based option has  longevity over its H2O brother and although more of a faff to clean up the tools after, it is worth the extra hassle.
  • Internal Treatment
    • Shall I or shan’t I ?
    • It is a matter of opinion whether you should treat the inside walls of your log cabin. Some enthuse about a clear varnish, others decking oil. My own opinion, well, if I’m honest, my own cabins have been left untreated without any detrimental effect.

Whatever system or product you use to treat your cabin, make sure you give it the time and attention it deserves. A good job now will help ensure many years of enjoyment from your garden building.

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