How to extend the life of your log cabin?

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Have you already found a log cabin that perfectly suits your needs? Or maybe you have just made the order for yours? In either case, it’s never too late to learn more about the maintenance of timber structures to extend the life of your log cabin. Meanwhile, if you’re still looking for the right log cabin to extend your living space outside your home, it’s a good idea to find out how a log cabin should be maintained before you purchase one, so it remains as new for a long time. Whichever the case, there are a few things that all existing and prospective log cabin owners should take care of.

Foundation

Apart from choosing a high-quality log cabin, preparing the foundation is the most important aspect, which will determine whether your log cabin maintains its functionality and appearance for years to come. Since the foundation serves as the base for the whole timber structure, it must, firstly, be made from high-quality materials and, secondly, be laid and levelled correctly, to avoid deformation and creep of the timber structure. What type of foundation does a log cabin need? It mostly depends on the soil condition and the log cabin itself, however, it is recommended to use paving stones or cast concrete to build a stable and durable log cabin base.

Treatment

The next thing that every log cabin owner should take care of is the protection of timber from the sun, rain and wind. Again, this is important to maintain the appearance and functionality, as well as to avoid decay and the fading of colour. What are the best timber treatment options for log cabins? There is a common misconception among log cabin owners, that all it needs is a fresh layer of paint every few years. To provide the best possible protection, it is advised to pre-treat (pressure treatment or sprayed impregnation, for example) the structure before assembly. And only then a fresh layer of paint every two years will make a difference.

Insulation

Adding insulation is crucial if you plan to use your log cabin all-year-round. However, it’s also important to take care of it if you want to extend the life of your log cabin. A properly insulated log cabin will remain cooled-down during the summer while being warm and dry during the winter. Moreover, proper insulation will protect the timber from the damaging effects of significant temperature changes.

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