Over the years, one tends to learn what works and does not work. As the first company from the Baltic’s, or for that matter any where in the world, to supply the UK with Interlocking Log cabins, we understand what can and should not be done with log cabins.
Our blog today is going to focus on what you should not attempt to do!
There are too many back street companies selling in our opinion waste wood, and referring to these or calling them Log Cabins. It’s easy to spot them, they brag about selling 70.000 a year + log cabins, and show mountains of cabins in plastic wrapping 10 high! These in our opinion are a waste of perfectly good timber! Manufactured on high-speed machines, and designed for maximum profit. Not longevity or Safety, and forget Quality! Its easy to spot these companies, they ALWAYS have a sale on!
The companies that are high quality brands be them watches, Rolex, or computer’s, Apple, do not have summer sales, winter sales etc, and neither do we! This is because our Brand is strong, our Quality is renowned, and our prices reflect our Workmanship!
So over the years we have learned what to offer the customer and what not to offer. We as a company believe in offering quality every time.
With the failing of past governments and the shortages of housing, more and more people are looking to live in the Garden. This is illegal, so planning permission is essential.
But!!! Looking past the laws of the land, we would like to focus on what you should attempt to use as a starting structure for a Residential dwelling and what you should not!
Too many people are looking to internally clad a solid wood 44mm log cabin, to bring them up to a habitable standard (this is on the advice of doggy dealers offering this as an option to earn crazy amounts of money for internal cladding) this is just plum crazy, and not just because firstly the timber is way too thin, and that it moves around way too much as the different seasons come around, also that the timber shrinks, and not forgetting that it does not in its self have any U value to speak of, and the biggest problem is that it is not structurally sound! The Cabin was not designed for the extra weight, or stress of internal timbers bolted to the walls and roof! A residential cabin, is designed from the off set to be a residential cabin, a garden log cabin, is not a residential cabin.
Most 44mm solid log cabins are designed for that extra room in the garden to have a snooker room, or drum kit, put garden tools away, the patio set, etc, garden log cabins are just better buildings than the old T&G Shed, they last a lot longer, far more aesthetic, and have far more uses, But! They are not residential buildings! When ordering a log cabin from logcabins.lv, we always ask the purpose, we do not try and sell you a building for the sake of just selling a cabin.
As most of you know solid timber be it 44mm, 60mm or 70mm and 90mm is affected by the seasons, the timber swells, contracts, and will do this most of its life! Most dealers will tell you other wise, but this is plain and simply the truth! Yes you can add timber stain, and yes it will slow some of the movements down, but not entirely.
We at logcabins LV believe the starting structure( building-Cabin) should be manufactured from 80mm engineered laminated glulam log-timber to internally clad and insulated. We also will offer with this kind of cabin very robust purlins of 80mm x 300mm ( glulam) which will take the support of roof cladding and insulation.
Our Engineered Glulam Timber only compresses, it does not move, expand, or contract, and at a starting grade of C32 it is truly the one timber that should be in the foremost on your mind to use to build a residential log cabin from.
We hate blowing our own trumpet, we like people to read and figure out for themselves why we are the best and what they should use, however, today is an exception, as the matter at hand is far to grave to leave it up to chance.
Laminated, Glulam log cabins are the only choice when it comes to internally insulate and clad a residential log cabin, park home.
Please follow this link and read and view some up close photos of good Glulam engineered graded logs, and the not so good finger jointed timber.
Ours and the Rest!
Solid log cabins can be adapted to support great weights, and insulation, but you must inform the manufacturer of the Kn values etc.
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