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Insulation and protection for the ultimate outhouse

Log cabins and sheds are beginning to crop up all over the place in the UK with people enjoying the versatility that they help provide in a garden. Indeed, increasingly they are being used not only as places to leave your garden tools, but also as dens away from the hustle and bustle of the house.

If you are going to be spending plenty of time in log cabins over the winter then you will need to ensure they are properly insulated.

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Indeed, if you’re planning on making frequent visits during the winter, or even if you plan on restricting your activities to the supposed warmer months, insulation will help keep the contents warm, as well as protecting them from things such as moisture, mould and structural damage. The floor and roof are the two most important aspects that need to be insulated.

Get the insulation right when you are installing the log cabin

So you’ve picked out your log cabin from Waltons and you’re about to assemble it in the garden, now you need to make sure you insulate all the important parts. You’ve got the foundations all sorted, the building itself is the main worry now:

1.    First fit insulation material between the timber battens and apply plywood or something similar to create an insulated and sturdy roof for the shingles to cling to.
2.    Staple moisture-repellent polyethylene film to the underside of the drywall, which will help to add moisture protection to the cabin – something that is really needed in the English climate!
3.    Perhaps roll down a sheet of self-adhesive lino on the base of the floor before installing the floor itself as this should ensure it is pressure treated and minimise the potential for wear and tear over time.
4.    Seal any areas where the soffit beams connect to the beams with exterior caulk, which should help to further insulate the cabin.
5.    It might also be a good idea to collect rocks, gravel and landscape fabric in order to cover the underside of the cabin ground to help prevent the growth of weeds.

Keep your cabin safe

This may seem a bit simplistic to say that you need to ensure that your log cabin is safe, but think about what you keep in the building. As suggested earlier, some people are using these as entertainment rooms away from the home with widescreen TVs, DVD players and stereos in them. This means that you would be very foolish not to think of security with your log cabin.

I’m not saying it needs to be something ultra sophisticated to stop criminal masterminds, but a simple padlock or lock and key could suit you down to the ground. If you have something super valuable like a laptop it might be a good idea to take it into the house once you’ve finished with it.

Treat the wood

Alongside the insulation to prevent water damage and erosion, it is also important to treat your wood. It is recommended that you use a good quality, spirit-based application for longer lasting protection. Apply the same treatment at least annually to ensure you get the most out of your log cabin. Water-based treatments can become less effective after a few months, so stick to a spirit-based one.

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