Things to look for when buying a log cabin:
1. How thick are the wall logs
2. Floor thickness
3. Roof thickness
4. Glazing type (double or single)
5. Window type (tilt’n’turn or fixed)
6. Does the manufacturer and supplier have a good history
7. Does the supplier offer an installation service
8. What are the optional extras and are there any required extras
9. Does it need planning
10. Can you view the quality somewhere
Here are some of our recommendations for log cabins:
1. Most companies will go down as small as 28mm “log”, really this more suited for interlocking sheds and small buildings. Some people will be happy with a 28mm wall and it will suit there budgets. some companies also offer 19mm walls on interlocking buildings, we do not and will not offer this thickness without putting a full frame behind it and building it as a shed.
We recommend going for 44mm or bigger, this gives strength a good deal of warmth. Also on our LV models all 44mm and thicker (we also do 70mm & 90mm walls in standard) come with higher spec glazing (see 4)
We also offer laminated logs in sizes from 80mm to 250mm.
2. 19mm flooring is ok for most garden buildings and is standard on our Lugarde range of cabins, but if you are using it as a gym, putting a heavy pool table in it etc. then our LV range of cabins offers 28mm flooring as standard (yes that is as thick as some companies walls).
3. Roof boards generally are 19mm T+G as you are unlikely to install your Gym equipment on the roof this plenty strong enough.
4. Double glazing is standard on nearly all log cabin nowadays. But there are many different thicknesses. Our LV range comes with 24mm double glazed units as standard on all 44mm and thicker models. On the 34mm it comes with budget 12mm double glazing.
5. Some companies supply a fixed window system that does not open, some have what we call standard garden cabin systems, these just have a small twist handle to close the window with a single pin (this is standard on our 34mm cabins). Our 44mm LV log cabins come with tilt’n’turn multi point locking windows allowing you to securely leave the window slightly open for ventilation or swing them fully open for plenty of fresh air inside.
6. Have a look online, check out some reviews and don’t be scared to ask the supplier or manufacturer. If they have not got the time to discuss things like this with you, don’t bother dealing with them. You are the customer you have lots of options out there and they should put the effort in to help you with choosing the right log cabin and the right company.
7. If the company is confident in there products and know what they are doing they should be able to offer installation. If not they may be what we call a bedroom seller (laptop in bedroom earning a few £ beer money) These are great for saving a few £ upfront, but if you have any problems will they know or care about dealing with them.
8. Most cabins with have standard optional extras such as roof options. We offer standard felt, shingles, Cedar, corratile or EPDM rubber, but you may want to supply your own.
Some cabin supplies will expect you to add essentials as options. These can include flooring, glazing (yes some companies will sell you a cabin with no glass in the windows) & delivery even if you live locally to them.
9. Most cabin suppliers should be able to give you some advice on planning, on eof the main things is if it is withing 2m of a boundary you won’t be able to go above 2.5m ridge without planning. We offer our DF & TF log cabins with a special lower pitch roof to get around this issue. Planning varies from area to are so it is always best to check with your local planning department if you are unsure.
10. Visit a show site or go on recommendation from someone that has had one and is willing to show you around. Even seeing just 1 from a supplier gives a good idea to the quality and the attention to detail. We have a show site at PE12 9HG Long Sutton Hallgate Timber we also go out to show, such as the Heckington Show in July where you can view the quality of our buildings.
I hope this guide is helpful for you in choosing a supplier for your #logcabin #summerhouse #shed if you have any questions or need advice regarding garden buildings please do not hesitate to contact us and we will always do our best to help you out.
As family business established since 1989 we know we thing or two about sheds 😉
You can view some of our range at http://www.timber-cabins.co.uk