We have had many enquiries over the years asking whether we offer re-roofing services, painting services and other maintenance options. This is very common most recently. Therefore we have decided to add a log cabin maintenance service to our repertoire.
Log cabins aren’t like other types of garden buildings. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can do more harm than good. There have been many instances over the years where a customer has employed a jobbing builder or handyman. Apparently they “have been doing this type of works for decades and I know what I’m doing!”………..Guess what – they think it’s a shed and start nailing and screwing everywhere. This then stops the logs from moving (they must be free to move) and causing all sorts of issues –
- Gaps in walls
- Lifting the roof off when the cabin settles down
- Stopping the doors from working because the door frame has been pushed out of square
- Simple log cabin door adjustments end up as “Sorry, you’ll need to buy a new door”!
- You name it, we’ve seen it!
Hortons have various teams of installers who “know” log cabins and how to build them. This is essential knowledge if working on a cabin. You not only know what to do but also how to do it. There’s no point in having a theory of what to do if you do irreparable damage trying to get to the bit that you think is causing the issue. They can leave a trail of destruction – gaps in log cabins walls is a very common thing. Our installers have 2 major advantages here. They will almost certainly know what the problem is being caused by. AND they know how to rectify it without destroying the building.
Don’t just do a repair and then forget about it for another 10 years! Maintain your building
There is also ongoing maintenance to be considered – re-painting, re-roofing, adjusting doors and windows, etc. We can also offer our log cabin maintenance service. Our company also has a big advantage here. We stock many of the items required to carry this work out (felt roll, felt shingles, insecticide & fungicide base coat treatments, spare hinges, spare wall logs, spare roof & floor boards etc). So not only can we bring these with us. But also they will be much cheaper than buying from a local timber merchant or hardware DIY store.
Replacing rotten wall logs in a log cabin
How do you replace a log in an interlocking garden cabin? We offer this as a unique service – nobody else has the expertise or equipment to be able to do this. It is nearly always the bottom logs that rot due to insufficient maintenance and/or no damp proof course being installed when it was originally built. Log cabins are built by layering the wall logs from the bottom up, overlapping at the corners – so how do you replace the bottom log??? Quite simply, we have purpose built heavy duty equipment which enables us to actually lift the whole cabin up! Then we can drop the bottom logs out from underneath, replace with fresh logs and then lower the cabin back down again. We can even replace the floor and/or floor bearers whilst it is up in the air – and even in extreme cases, lay a new concrete base for your cabin before lowering it back down again!
Any garden cabin repair is possible if you have the experience, know-how and the proper equipment
Don’t believe odd-jobbers saying it’s not possible when they visit to quote for your log cabin repair. And please don’t let them cut and splice replacement logs in for just a few quid – you will regret it when it starts to leak soon afterwards.
Whatever you need doing to your garden outbuilding (including sheds, garden workshops, log cabins, summerhouses, garages, etc) – we are able to help you – please contact us for details about how we can help you to refurbish your log cabin and make it the ideal garden cabin for you