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Why buy a log cabin?

A garden log cabin can be whatever you want it to be. It can be a place for work, for working out, or simply to relax. Plus, being out in the garden and sunshine could even positively affect your physical and mental well-being.

Log cabins make for energy-efficient garden buildings. The timber in a log cabin acts as a natural insulator with thermal properties which slows heat transfer between the interior and cold temperatures outside. Timber’s thermal mass varies with log thickness but can reduce heating and energy costs in your choice of garden cabin.

And a garden log cabin can be the perfect place for a gym, home office, or little salon. This is especially true if you do want to use your garden cabin year-round. If that’s the case, then keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer is something log cabins excel at.

This is because the wood itself is a natural insulator. Not only that,

Why Insulate a Log Cabin?

To explain objectively why anyone might want to insulate a log cabin, we’re going to have to get a bit technical.

So bear with us; we’ll go slowly.

For a start, a wooden log cabin will naturally contract and expand slightly with climate changes throughout the year. So your best bet is to start with a log cabin made from tongue and groove panels. They offer a water- and airtight seal with enough room to accommodate expansion without warping or splitting.

Next, by insulating a log cabin, you could reduce the energy consumption you spend heating it. In turn, you’ll give off a smaller carbon footprint. (And probably get a smaller utility bill in the long run).

But the main reason you’d want to insulate your garden cabin is to because of something we call the thermal envelope.

Realistically, we wouldn’t worry about trying to work out your cabin’s values too much. Simply put, for a better energy rating in your log cabin, you want to slow down the escape of heat through surfaces.

In general, insulating your log cabin can be a one-time outlay that improves practicality without compromising on aesthetics. So how do you go about doing it?


How to insulate a log cabin

If you can’t find a ready-insulated garden log cabin you could always check if your supplier sells insulation kits.

Below, we’ll break down into section what this entails for insulating each part of your cabin’s thermal envelope.

But an insulation kit (depending on how comprehensive) might include:

How to insulate a log cabin’s walls

Anywhere where there is a gap in your log cabin ideally needs to be insulated. Of course, this is more likely with ‘proper’ traditional log cabins out in the wilderness.

For example, Garden Buildings Direct’s log cabins use tongue and groove panels to create a tight seal. Any gaps around your garden cabin’s door/s or window/s should be sealed, though.

To do this, use an expanding insulation foam or caulk around the frames. You can also reduce heat egress by opting for double glazing on your log cabin. 

You’ll also see the benefits of double glazing in the summertime – when your log cabin doesn’t heat up like a greenhouse! Make sure to also use a draught excluder at the base of your door frame. (Even adding curtains can help to insulate your log cabin!).

As for the walls, you can: