This is one of the most common questions we get about how to maintain your Log Cabins beauty. Here we provide some Log Cabin treatment (beauty) tips on how to choose the right Log Cabin treatment to bring out the best in your Log Cabin for years to come.
If you have picked one of our pressure treated products, such as our Garden Offices, then you will not need any timber treatment. The process of pressure treatment forces the treatment deep into the natural wood of your cabin walls. It is a much deeper treatment than if you were to spray it or dip treat it.
This protects your Garden Building from any rot or insect infestation with no further wood preservative needed. We add a deep brown treatment during the pressure treating process, as we think it enhances the beauty of the wood and makes it stand out in your garden for all the right reasons.
All we ask is that you annually coat your Garden Office with a clear water-repellent treatment as soon as possible after constructing it.
By applying this treatment you are protecting your Log Cabin from the effects of damp, decay, fungal growth. Many contain transparent iron oxide treatments. These absorb UV rays to prevent the natural fading that can happen if untreated timber is left out in the sun.
If you choose one of our high quality untreated products, then it will require the addition of a wood finish. This is so you can customise your Log Cabin to look any way you would like. We strongly recommend treating your Log Cabin as it can extend its life and help protect it in the varied weather conditions thrown at it.
We do sell Log Cabin Treatment in a variety of colours allowing you to not only protect the wood but have a Log Cabin that you simply can’t stop looking at. We’ve taken the hard work out of choosing and provide you with enough for two coats. The only thing you have to think about is applying it via the manufacturers instructions. Talk to our sales team about the colours available for your particular model.
We have also separated these treatments into three tiers; standard, Premium and PremiumPlus. All of these treatments are top quality wood stains so none need a primer. However, the standard treatment will need more regular log home maintenance than if you chose the Premium or PremiumPlus options. The Premium Treatment will need reapplying every four years whereas the PremiumPlus Treatment will need reapplying every five years.
All of our high quality treatments are water based products. They are odourless so it will not take your whole weekend to treat your Garden Building. You will just need a few hours leaving you more time to enjoy your Garden Building.
Preparing to apply treatment
Once you have chosen the treatment you want and have constructed your cabin, you need to treat it. We recommend treating your cabin as soon as you can to help protect it against the varying English weather. Treat the preparation the same as you would if you were painting your house. Preparation is key.
If you are retreating your Garden Building, rather than treating for the first time, then the majority of the same rules apply. To ensure that your Log Cabin is ready for retreatment, simply spray it with water. If the water beads on the top and then rolls down the cabin, then it does not need retreating as the previous treatment is still protecting it.
If the water soaks into the Log Cabin timber then it is time to retreat the timber to protect it against the elements. Be sure to check corners and the end of the logs too, they can start absorbing moisture before the main logs of the cabin.
Lay dust sheets down around the exterior of the Log Cabin or Summerhouse if you have a patio or concrete to protect. Similar to how you would protect your carpets if you were painting the front room. Next you will need to think about protecting your doors and windows. Hinges, and the glass, can be covered using masking tape.
Alternatively, you could simply remove the windows entirely due to the internal beading on all of our garden rooms. If you do remove them, make sure you keep them somewhere safe so they do not get damaged.
Once you have protected all the areas you can’t get treatment on, it is time to prepare your spruce. This is not a difficult process and should not take you too long. Make sure your Log Cabin is clean, dry and free from any sharp edges. If you do find any, a quick rubbing over with some sand paper will smooth these.
Make sure your Log Cabin is clean before you start treating it. If the dirt build up is not too heavy, this can be done by hand with a damp cloth. If you think the dirt needs something stronger, a quick blast with your pressure washer should help get the dirt from the grain. Ensure you give your Log Cabin time to dry before applying a new coat of treatment.
Another benefit of the cleaning process is that it can show up any areas that may be suffering from damage due to heavy rain or any leaks in the roof boards and around your cabin.. Keep a lookout for these, in most cases a waterproof silicone sealant can be added after you’ve finished treating your cabin to prevent this.
Just like when you are inspecting the Log Cabin for water damage, be sure to pay close attention to the ends of the logs. Make sure that these have had a strong coat of treatment as the cutting process leaves them open to absorbing moisture.
The treatment typically takes between three and four hours to touch dry and fully dry overnight. Ensure one coat is fully dry before applying the second. We would recommend treating it over a weekend in brighter weather to ensure unexpected rainfall doesn’t ruin your treatment and leave it streaky.
More of our treatment can be found in the Optional Extra’s page on our website. Alternatively you can give our sales team a call on 01234 272 445.
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