Before placing an order, we recommend you review the frequently asked questions detailed below or contact us to clarify any points or questions you may have. This will ensure that you have a clear understanding of the products we have for sale on our website.
The materials used can vary depending on the manufacturer; however, they are typically wood, metal, or a combination of both materials. Wooden gazebos and pergolas are popular as they provide a natural and rustic look to outdoor spaces. They are often made from materials such as cedar, redwood, or pressure-treated pine, which are durable and weather-resistant. Ultimately, the specific materials used to create a gazebo and pergola will depend on the manufacturer, the design, and the structure's intended use. We recommend you check the product specifications for more information about the materials used to make a particular gazebo or pergola.
Unless expressly stated otherwise in the product description, the products arrive in a bare timber finish. This allows customers to choose how to finish the product, whether staining or painting it to their desired colour or leaving it to weather naturally. It's important to note that pressure-treated timber may have a greenish tinge, a typical treatment process result. Over time, this colour will fade and blend in with the natural surroundings. For products made from untreated wood, it's essential to stain or paint them upon completion of construction to protect against rot and decay. Doing so will help prolong the product's lifespan and keep it looking new for longer.
All the products arrive to you in a self-build kit and require home assembly. You must construct them according to the instructions provided. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure you assemble the product correctly and safely. Depending on the complexity of the product, the assembly may require more than one person and some tools may be needed. If you need help, we recommend hiring a professional to do it for you.
Choosing the proper garden structure depends on various factors, including the size of your garden, the objective you want to achieve, and the design you have in mind. A gazebo or log cabin may be the right choice if you want a structure that offers privacy and shade and offers more enclosed spaces, making them ideal for entertaining or relaxing in private. However, they do require more significant areas to accommodate their size, so it's crucial to ensure you have enough space to install one. On the other hand, a pergola provides a more flexible design and is suitable for a broader range of applications. They are typically more open, allowing for better airflow and light penetration, making them ideal for patios. Ultimately, finding the best structure for you depends on your personal preferences and the specific needs of your garden. It's essential to consider size, purpose, and design factors.
Proper maintenance of your garden structure is essential to ensure its longevity and keep it looking its best. Here are some tips on how to maintain your gazebo, pergola, or log cabin kit:
We recommend you fix our range of gazebos to the floor for stability and safety reasons. The method of fixing will depend on the type of surface it is being installed on, such as concrete, decking, or grass. For example, on a concrete surface, the gazebo can be fixed using post holders, while on a grass surface, it may require an alternate method, such as spikes.
Shingles are a roofing material commonly used on garden buildings such as gazebos, log cabins, and sheds. The shingles are installed in overlapping rows, with each row offset from the previous one, to create a watertight barrier that protects the roof from rain and other elements. They are available in various colours and styles, making them versatile and popular for garden-building roofing.
Shingles are typically fitted in overlapping rows, starting from the bottom of the roof and working upwards. The exact installation process can vary depending on the type of shingle and the roof design of the building.
Guttering helps to divert rainwater away from the base of the structure, which can help to prevent dampness and water damage. It can also prevent erosion around the structure's base, prolonging its lifespan. This is particularly important if your log cabin or garden building is in an area with heavy rainfall or if the ground is susceptible to flooding.
These are important components of log cabins and wooden garden buildings as they provide a sturdy and level base and help protect the bottom wall logs from moisture. These are typically made of pressure-treated wood and placed horizontally around the cabin's perimeter.
The base should be a level and stable surface that can support the weight of the cabin and resist ground movement. There are several options, including:
It depends on the specific log cabin you are referring to. In general, most log cabins do not include flooring as standard. It's best to check the product description and specifications of the specific design you are interested in to confirm whether or not it consists of a floor.
All garden structures include instructions to help you assemble and install your structure. The instructions include illustrations or diagrams to help you understand each step. It's essential to read the instructions carefully before beginning the installation process to ensure you have all the necessary tools and materials and understand each step.
Log cabins use an interlocking system where the logs are not screwed together. Mechanical fixings may sometimes be required to secure additional components, such as roof purlins or floorboards.
You should not screw the doors and windows to the wall logs, as this prevents independent movement.
The log thicknesses available for log cabins can vary depending on the specific model. However, the most common thicknesses available are:
Thicker logs generally provide better insulation, strength and stability. The choice of thickness will depend on the intended use of the cabin and personal preference.
The time it takes to build a garden structure such as a gazebo, pergola, or log cabin kit can vary depending on factors such as the structure's size, the design's complexity, and the level of experience of the person building it. For example, a small pavilion with a simple design may take only a day or two to assemble. In contrast, a larger log cabin with multiple rooms and intricate details could take several weeks to complete. Generally, two people with basic DIY skills can build most log cabin kits in around 3-5 days. A simple gazebo or pergola may take only a day or two to assemble. It's important to carefully read the instructions and plan ahead to ensure the build goes smoothly and efficiently.
The tools required to build a garden structure may vary depending on the specific model. However, some of the standard tools that you may need include:
It's essential to check the manufacturer's instructions and recommended tools before beginning construction.
It is essential to ventilate a log cabin or any wooden garden building to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to problems such as mould, rot, and decay. Adequate ventilation allows for air exchange and helps regulate temperature and humidity levels inside the building. You can achieve this by installing vents or occasionally leaving windows and doors open. It is also essential to ensure the cabin's foundation is adequately constructed and allows air to flow underneath.
Protecting a garden building from weather damage is essential to ensure its longevity and appearance. Here are some ways to protect it from weather damage:
There are several things you can do:
Taking these steps can help protect your garden structure from damage during high winds.
Timber can move due to changes in temperature and humidity levels. When the humidity levels in the air rise, the moisture content of the wood can increase, causing it to expand. Conversely, when the humidity levels decrease, the moisture content of the wood can decrease, causing it to shrink. This expansion and contraction of the timber can cause warping, splitting, and cracking if the wood is not treated correctly or exposed to extreme temperature and humidity changes. Therefore, it is crucial to properly treat and maintain timber to minimize the effects of movement. It is also essential to understand that you cannot eliminate movement. It, however, be minimized through proper installation, maintenance, and treatment. Here are some steps that can help to reduce timber movement:
By following these steps, you can minimize the amount of movement and keep your garden building in good condition.
In the UK, planning permission is sometimes required for log cabins or other garden structures; however, this depends on certain factors, such as the building's size, location, and intended use. We always advise customers to check with their local planning authority before purchasing and installing a large garden structure to ensure they comply with relevant regulations and requirements.
There are several ways to insulate a garden building:
It's important to note that the type of insulation you choose will depend on the kind of garden building you have and its intended use.
Ensuring that electrical work is safe, compliant, and meets all necessary regulations is critical. It is essential to ensure that a qualified electrician carries out the electrical work and that the building is adequately insulated and ventilated to comply with building regulations. The electrician must also install an appropriate consumer unit and wiring, including sockets and lighting fixtures.