Log cabin treatment – everything you need to know!
After buying your log cabin, it’s important to consider the best and most appropriate way to treat it, so we want to help you out to make sure you don’t end up dissatisfied with your final treated product – it’s the least we can do!
For external treatments you can choose from many brands. We have spent years experimenting with high quality products and have found that the likes of Sadolin and Sikkens tend to be your best bet – they are proven as the best on the market. They are slightly more expensive, but worth the money in the long run.
When looking for an appropriate product to use, you should always consider the following:
- It must be a weather protector rather than a paint
- It must be a waterproof
- It must have at least a small pigment of colour to provide a filter against the sun
- It must be of high quality for joinery applications, for example: front doors, windows, conservatories etc
There are many low quality stains available for sheds, fences, garden furniture etc, that do not provide the correct weather proofing needed for a log cabin. We have found that the most common paints available have actually performed the worst, leaving cabins unprotected, swollen with damp corners or having problems with sticking doors and windows.
It is always best practice to apply the treatment by brush and ensure that each coat is worked deep into the joint, particularly at the corners and between the logs. Make sure all faces and edges of doors and windows are also protected.
For the internal treatment we would recommend an all purpose preservative (normally a clear varnish to retain the light pine appearance).
Due to Scottish weather it may also be necessary to apply some Silicone sealer to certain parts of the cabin. This can occasionally be necessary even if the cabin is well built and treated.
Below are some photographs of an untreated and treated BBQ Hut – for any more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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