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Caring for Timber Sheds & Log Cabins

Caring for Timber Sheds & Log Cabins

Care of your Carr Garden Building

After purchase and delivery of your Carr Garden Shed or Log Cabin we recommend some annual or bi-annual after care which will help protect the wood and make it more durable to ensure it lasts longer. We use slow-grown Scandinavian quality redwood in all our buildings and they come pre-treated from our Wickford base, but our high moisture climate in the UK can affect the openings seasonally, as with all outdoor timber buildings.

Wood is a natural breathable product and preservatives, also known as wood treatment, can protect all types of timber wood from discolouration and decay, as well as giving a constant all-year-round colour. A annual wood preservative paint will protect your new purchase or rejuvenate an existing one. These treatments are easy to apply (by brush, spray or roller), and the majority of good wood preservative products are water-based and are pet & plant friendly.


Solvent Based Preservative

Effective against moulds and quite good waterproofers. Less toxic than they used to be but read the label.  A bit expensive but good, giving timber nourishment and water repellence.  “Cuprinol Garden Wood Preserver” is in a round tin and comes in a range of colours. Their colour GOLDEN OAK is nearest in appearance to our light pine colour. It is recommended for smooth, planed shiplap tongue & groove style boards.


Water Based Treatments  

Are found in plastic containers and include such things as acrylic polymers and waxes which form a coating on the wood’s surface. Cheaper than solvent based preservers but NOTE that many brands are only formulated for rough sawn wood like our Rustic overlap boards and not smooth, planed timber. We strongly recommend that our initial specially formulated treatment is backed up WITHIN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS using “Cuprinol Garden Wood Preserver” (or similar solvent based product) on smooth planed timber or, with our rough sawn rustic board, using a good water-based or solvent-based treatment.

Failure to apply suitable timber treatment to your building and/or not taking sensible measures to look after the structure as advised will invalidate our guarantee. This advice is offered for your guidance but no guarantees are given or implied in regard to the performance or suitability of various manufacturers’ timber treatment products. Always check a preservative yourself by reading their container.

The base should be firm and level and will keep the floor beams away from the ground. Ideally air should be able circulate under the floor so ensure that leaves and debris do not collect against walls as these may never dry out at all and check that the lower walls are not constantly wetted by dripping or splashing rainwater. Very heavy downpours and constant dripping can sometimes cause “splashup” under the edges of the walls and floor especially if a solid base extends further than the area of the shed. To help stop lower boards and floor edges getting extra wet due to this effect, depending where you site it - is worth fitting a simple gutter and downpipe. Standard 4” gutter is ideal.


Shrinkage or Expansion of Doors

This needs to be done in the warmer weather (when the wood has shrunk after the damp weather) and replacement boards are available from our sales office, cut to size, along with a detailed explanation on how to replace the boards. If your doors are becoming hard to open or close and the shed floor is level, the wood pieces on the doors may be swelling due to moisture. It's imperative to paint your doors inside and out especially making sure all edges are painted. Wait until the doors shrink and start to open and close normally before painting. The bottom edges are really important because rain water hits the ground and bounces up. If the bottom edges of the doors are not painted, they will absorb water and not only start to swell but can rot over time.

As with all timber buildings, a garden shed will take a year or two to completely settle in its outside surroundings. In the winter months the wood will swell due to moist air whereas in the summer the wood may shrink making the timber split. To make sure these have the lowest impact possible it’s a good idea to slightly loosen the screws on the inside of the shed when it gets warmer and then tighten them up again in time for the cooler winter months. After two years the building should be completely established in its surroundings and should only need tightening twice and loosening twice before being tightened once and for all.

Finally, the felt on your shed probably suffers from the weather more than any other part and so, once a year, needs a quick inspection. Ensure that the felt is clear of any fallen leaves (use a soft brush if not) and that all of the felt pins are secure and that there are no tears or rips. If your felt is looking like it may need changing then contact our sales office who can arrange to either re-felt your building at a small cost or supply you with a re-felt kit which includes felt, nails as well as new barge boards and end diamonds.

Carrying all of the above out just once a year will help to ensure that your Carr Garden Building has a longer lifetime and helps your garden shed to continue to do it’s job in the way that we design and manufacture them to do. Please contact the sales Office on Tel: 01268 561450 sales@carrgardenbuildings.co.uk


Settlement of your Log Cabin

Approximately 9-15 months after your Cabin has been installed, (depending on season of installation) the vast majority of settlement will have occurred by htis time. After this period it is prudent to tighten baffle or storm boards and possibly provide extra anchors to further secure your building.