How to Weatherproof your Log Cabin?

If you ask around you will discover that many people love to stay in a log cabin because of the rustic feel it offers. If you have vacationed in another place and have experienced staying in a log cabin then you are probably familiar with this – the smell, look and feel of timber is absolutely fantastic.


However, it’s important to realize that despite the rustic feel, a few dangers lurk along the way. While a timber’s exposed form comes with many visual benefits, it remains very important to weatherproof your cabin and give it the treatment it needs to avoid potential problems and worries along the way.

Giving protection and maintenance to your timber can be an easy task but the sad truth is that many log cabin owners seem to forget or neglect this important area. Don’t be like these people because the chances are that your log cabin will surely experience log decay or rot.

The following are some simple and easy steps that can help you weatherproof your log cabin and increase its lifespan at the same time:

Large Roof Overhangs

Dampness and moisture are the common causes of log deterioration. However, if you build a log cabin with a large overhang, this will give you the assurance that anything that falls from the sky will land far away from your wood cabin. This means that the amount of rain that hits your timber is greatly diminished. A large overhang is also an effective way to control the onset of excessive sunlight that can affect your timber in a negative way.


There are many cabin owners out there who ignore large overhangs because they believe that cutting their overhangs short can help them reduce or trim down roofing costs. Unfortunately, when a cabin comes with too short of an overhang, it becomes susceptible to excessive moisture, dampness and wetting, especially in areas with high rainfalls. When problems start to occur, maintenance costs are going to be an issue.

Stain & Chinking

A log cabin that is built in areas with humid and hot climates has a constant enemy in the form of moisture build-up. There are three significant elements that can affect the weatherproofing of your log cabin. These include natural climate, the size of your cabin and budget.


Before getting under way with staining your wood cabin, take note that the longevity of the wood or timber mainly depends on how thorough your preparations are going to be. In this regard, it is important to choose the right stain for your timber so that you will not have any regrets at the end. When choosing the right finish and stain, it is also important to check the manufacturer’s warranty. This is something that will tell you whether or not a particular stain is good for you.

In addition, the interior of your log cabin needs staining too. This is especially true when you want to leave the timbers of your cabin’s interior in their exposed condition. By staining the timbers inside your cabin, you’ll have the assurance that they will be protected against dampness.

The bathroom, for instance, usually generates steam condensation, which is known to attack and impact your timber, affecting it from the outside to the inside. To prevent such things from happening, see to it that you stain your bathroom. You should also make use of a bathroom extractor to eliminate steam in the bathroom.


Always remember that the ideal level of moisture content of your timber should be between 14 to 15 percent. If the log’s moisture content has reached 18 percent or higher, then this can cause mould and mildew; in addition, anywhere above 20 percent can cause rotting or blistering. To be able to measure or gauge the timber’s moisture content, use a moisture meter.

Good Foundation

While a large overhang for your log cabin can help in controlling water from flowing or dripping into your cabin’s foundation, you have to take note that this is not the only way to effectively mitigate such problem. Your cabin sits upon a foundation that transmits damp into your cabin’s base. If the foundation has been laid incorrectly or improperly, it can make your cabin vulnerable to moisture penetration. The best thing that you should do in order to get rid of such occurrences is to waterproof the external portion of your cabin’s foundation. Mitigating water seepage can be effectively achieved by placing a membrane between your cabin and the foundation. This can be achieved by any of the following:

Placing insulation in your cabin’s base

Placing a plastic liner or plastic bags


Regular Maintenance

Building or buying a log cabin gives you the assurance that you and your family will have a great place to stay during holidays. Moreover, maintaining your wood cabin assures that you will spend more years enjoying the beauty and comfort of your cabin. Log cabin maintenance all boils down to the following things:

Keeping out the harmful effects of the sun

Keeping water damage at bay

Keeping insects and other small creatures to a minimum

After the routine check-up and cleaning of your cabin, the next thing that you should do is staining. Continuous application of stain on your wood cabin can be very laborious, time consuming and costly. However, you will soon realize that doing such things can help you prolong the lifespan of your precious log cabin.


Installing Ventilation

Ventilation is another very important thing that needs to be considered when weatherproofing your log cabin. While it promotes the natural drying of the timbers inside, it also promotes constant air movement as well. If your cabin is used all year round then constant opening of its doors and windows can promote proper ventilation.

But if your cabin is seasonal, it is a good idea to install natural air vents to get rid of any potential issues.

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