The Definitive Buyers Guide
If you’re looking for a log cabin you have probably noticed that there are many different models on the market!
We hope that this guide will help cut through some of the jargon and numerous features found on the majority of log cabins available
What to look for…
The thickness of the timbers used to construct a cabin obviously has an effect on the strength and durability of your cabin. However, what many people are not so aware is the effect it has on the stability of the cabin. Timber is a natural material and as such it moves and changes shape, slightly, with different weather and temperatures. Thinner thickness timbers are more susceptible to movement than thicker ones, and this is particularly so when the length increases – in other words a large cabin made from 28mm log thickness would be quite prone to movement whereas on a small cabin 28mm should be quite acceptable (up to 3.6m in length/width)
We always advise opting for the thickest timber your budget will allow. Some cabins may look like good value for the size, but you should always check the timber thickness, which is displayed on our listings of Ventina Premium Log Cabins. All buildings of 45mm timber thickness and above are supplied with double glazed windows and doors, with the window being “tilt & turn” casement window not the “top” hung glorified summer house windows that are supplied with many cheaper alternatives. Each listing will clearly indicate what log thickness the product is offering and glazing specification.
Floor and Roof Timbers
Varnishing and stain treatment
However this is not a problem, because cabins are constructed from kiln dried Nordic spruce timber which accepts any treatment evenly unlike redwood pine – even the 28mm thickness is considerably thicker than that used for other traditional garden buildings such as cheap sheds and summer houses.
We recommend the application of Sikkens or Sadolin range of wood treatment. It is not the cheapest but they are regarded as the best on the market, penetrates the timber as opposed to sitting on the surface, and will last many years. Both brands is available from all good hardware and DIY stores.