A log cabin is a sight to behold. Nestled in the heart of nature, your cabin is your sanctuary, a place where you can leave all the pressing needs, responsibilities and hassles of the "real world" behind to enjoy peace and harmony in the great outdoors. That being said, you need to make sure that your cabin is properly constructed and safely protected from all the things Mother Nature might throw your way. Below are five ways you can protect your log cabin from the elements without having to undergo long months of construction.
Your foundation is the most susceptible to water damage, so waterproofing it will help keep your cabin safe even when faced with a torrential downpour. Foundation insulation is the best course of action, but you can also apply plastic lining in a pinch that will help prevent water from seeping deep into your cabin and rotting the wood.
Timber roof trusses support your cabin's roof to prevent damage and collapse. Because they’re prefabricated, they make the onsite roof construction go much more quickly than it would otherwise. They are quickly made to fit the exact dimensions of your cabin and can last up to 30 years. A truss is one of the best ways to protect your cabin's roof from snow, because it transfers the weight of it to the walls to eliminate pressure.
One of the first things you'll want to do to protect your cabin against the elements is to protect it from water and moisture. Weatherstripping kits and caulk can be used to ensure your windows, doors and siding are all tightly sealed. During the winter months, weatherstripping provides an added benefit of keeping warmth where it belongs. Weatherstripping will stop heat from leaking out of your cabin and keep the frigid frost outdoors where it belongs.
The stain you choose for your cabin's wood is about more than just its look. Darker stains tend to provide greater protection, which makes it ideal for exteriors. You should restain your log cabin every few years, especially if it receives a lot of sunlight, rain, or snow. For new cabins, you'll want to restain at least once a year for the first two years to prevent warping and shrinkage as the logs settle.
Proper ventilation is crucial in every home. Cabins especially tend to become stuffy when people spend a lot of time in them. Some air vents will help circulate air throughout the cabin. This will also help prevent moisture build-up. Moisture can quickly lead to wood rot and mold, which is very dangerous.
With these tips, you'll be prepared to weather anything you may experience in your cabin. The ideal time to make changes is during the early spring, but you should always take any necessary measures to weatherproof your cabin as needs arise.