You can enjoy your summerhouse, log cabin or gazebo for a very long time. With a few simple measures, you can keep your summerhouse in great condition and extend its lifetime. The following tips will help you maintain your summerhouse at its very best.
Gravel as a protection against water
A layer of gravel around your summerhouse protects the underneath of the house from splashing (rain) water. The timber therefore stays dry and your summerhouse lasts longer.
We advise you to install door hooks immediately after assembly. A door hook prevents a door suddenly blowing open. This prevents the door and the glazing from being damaged by gusts of wind or other weather conditions.
You may not really have considered ventilation. But does your summerhouse have adequate ventilation? Ventilation prevents condensation on the inside of your summerhouse. That’s why it is important to install ventilation grates. For effective aeration, place one ventilation grate at the front and one opposite, on the back of the log cabin or summerhouse.
Most moisture comes up through the floor. For this reason, you are advised to install an internal floor. In addition, you can also choose to have your summerhouse or log cabin insulated. Lugarde offers various forms of insulation.
Movement of the timber
A wooden summerhouse or log cabin shrinks or expands with humidity. This is a feature of wood. Wood expands, but does not get longer. Every plank expands by around 1.5 mm. Since every summerhouse is around 15 planks high, this amounts to full expansion of around 2.25 cm (15 x 1.5 mm).
In order to shrink or expand, the wood needs a little space. Most problems are caused by nails and screws that are secured in the walls, windows and doors. This means that the walls are prevented from moving. All our systems take the movement of wood into account.
Lugarde does not use nails or screws and yet all or our summerhouses and gazebos are very stable and both wind and water tight. Our highly advanced systems and our precise production methods mean the walls fit together with millimeter precision.
If you plant to install pipes or (built-in) furniture, you must consider the movement of the wood.
Treat your summerhouse immediately
In order to protect your summerhouse against the sun, wind and rain, we advise you to treat it both inside and out before the unit is assembled. We can supply (pre-)treated summerhouses, log cabins and gazebos. Read more about our treatments.