How to ….Apply Bitumen Roof Shingles to a Log Cabin or Garden Building

 

Introduction

Here is our handy guide to help you construct your waterproof roof for a Logspan log cabin or any other garden building using bitumen roofing shingles.

These have the benefit of being hard wearing, being simple to apply and not breaking the bank.

The shingles should be applied once you have all the roof boards fixed down and the roof edge reinforcement and roof side boards attached to the eaves sides.

DO NOT attach the fascias, felt fillets or diamonds until after you have shingled the roof.

  • Do one side of the roof at a time.
  • Start at the front of the cabin
  • Start at the eaves edge
  • Shingles and ridge should be fixed down using felt tacks/clout nails in a suitable length. Nail each shingle in the following positions.

Figure 1

  • Hexagonal shingles will have a self-adhesive strip on the back which you need to remove the film from before laying. You still need to nail the shingles down.
  • Ridge roll has a film on the back but this should not be removed.
  • Keep any excess you cut off because you might be able to re-use it later

You can run a translucent waterproof silicone under the shingles at the front, rear, eaves and apex of the log cabin for added protection but it is not compulsory.

Starter Strip

You will need to create a starter strip along the eaves edge of the roof.

Square shingles

Take a length of shingle, cut one of the squares off using a Stanley knife. Lay the shingle on the roof (front eaves edge). It should fit flush to the front of the log cabin roof but overlap the eaves edge by approx 1cm. Fix down.

Figure 2

Next, take a full length of shingle and lay it next to the previous one. Continue doing this until you reach the rear of the cabin. Cut off any excess shingle overhanging the rear with a Stanley knife.

Hex shingles

You will need to make rectangular lengths to work with so using a Stanley knife and ruler cut the hex bottoms off the shingle lengths to leave a rectangle.

Figure 3

Once you have rectangles to work with complete the starter strip the same as for square shingles above.

1st Row 

Starting at the front of the cabin again, take a full length of shingle and lay it directly on top of the starter strip. Fix down and continue to the rear of the cabin. Cut off any excess.

2nd Row

 Square shingles

Take a full length of shingle and position it above the 1st row so that the centre of a 2nd row square fits up to the end of a 1st-row square. You should have covered the nails but do not overlap the shingles too much or you will run out.

Figure 4

You will have some shingle excess overhanging the front of the log cabin, cut this off with a Stanley knife.

Hex shingles

Take a full length of shingle and position it above the 1st row. The 2nd row hex bottom should fit above the top of a 1st row hex top. This will create a full hex. You will be able to see some of the black at the top of the shingles in the 1st row. You should not be able to see any of the nails.

Figure 5

You will have some shingle excess overhanging the front of the log cabin, cut this off with a Stanley knife.

Continue to do the rest of the row in the same way.

Do as many rows as are necessary to reach the apex of the roof.

Do the same on the other side of the roof

Ridge

Using shingles

Cut full lengths of shingle into thirds. Start at the front. Bend a third over the apex and nail down on both sides. Overlap the next third on the back end of the 1st one and fix down. Continue until you reach the back. Do not overlap the thirds too much or you will run out.

Using ridge roll

Starting at the front bend the roll over the apex and nail down on both sides. Run the roll to the rear of the log cabin, nail down at the back and then cut off any excess. Go back and nail down the roll along both sides at regular intervals.

 

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Top 5 uses of a Logspan Log Cabin

There are so many ways that a Logspan Log Cabin can be used, a timber building can fitted out for any type of function. Below are a few of the more popular uses.

 

1. Den / Hobby RoomImage result for Hobby Room

Who wouldn’t want a room in the garden for their use, to relax and enjoy whatever hobby they like. We can construct your Log Cabin to suit your particular needs, higher ridge or eaves height, or more windows to allow as much light in as possible.

 

2. Garden Room/ Summerhouse Arno2

You’re wanting a summerhouse but not a 12mm thick shed. This is the perfect alternative, all garden houses are made from tough Northern Spruce of either 30 mm or 45 mm timber wall thickness.

These are modern, practical and attractive houses, perfectly suitable for relaxation and recreation.

 

3. Extra Accommodation / Guest Suite

Our Lodges offer a wide choice of styles suitable for residential, alternative accommodation, or holiday homes. Double glazing is standard on all or Lodges.

Its the great way to add a guest suite to your house without the cost of a house conversion.

4. Garden Office / Home Office

Working from home for some people at least, is the perfect way of life. Out of bed, onto the computer, start work. For some though, separating work and personal life is difficult in this situation and they need their own space, separate to where they live; a home office. Log cabins fit perfectly. A low cost solution for a quality home workspace. Here’s another thing – the monthly rent isn’t too bad; in fact it’s free! Logspan can create any style, fully insulated, interlocking, panel house, whatever best suits your working scenario. High quality, low cost, sustainable working environment at home away from home.

5. Outside living/Al Fresco dining Log Cabin

The term ‘Log Cabin’ is now seen as a fairly generic term for any outdoor timber building. But this doesn’t really do this building justice. Think of the summer evenings spent out under the canopy, relaxing. Its a great focal point in the garden and a good focus of a family evening.

Top 5 Lodge Log Cabin accommodation choices from Logspan

This blog entry is dedicated to our top 5 best selling lodges, I will have to write another blog on our Houses and custom build log cabins. These are suitable to camping parks, glamping businesses or home owners. Just imagine spending the week in your own lodge on the edge of a sea loch or looking down a valley!

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I have only included our standard lodge log cabin but we can custom build a timber building to your design. Let us know your specifications and we can quote something to suit.

 

1. Vesta Lodge

 

The Vesta Lodge Log Cabin is a luxury log cabin house constructed from superior double (60mm log version) or triple (95mm log version) tongue and groove timber wall logs. The wood used throughout is slow growing Scandinavian Spruce. It has a large living area with cathedral ceiling, galley kitchen, bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor; and has a loft area measuring 20m2 which can be used as another bedroom. Its perfect for a Guest suite or residential Granny flat at the bottom of the garden.

2.Vesta XXL Lodge

The Vesta XXL Lodge Log Cabin is the Vesta’s big brother. Constructed using double (60mm log version) or triple (95mm log version) tongue and groove timber wall boards, it is 2m longer than the Vesta Lodge. The wood used throughout is slow growing Scandinavian Spruce. It has been designed to maximize the number of bedrooms without impacting the living area. There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and a large loft area suitable for another bedroom.

3. Laura Lodge Log Cabin

The Laura is the perfect, compact self-contained accommodation unit. With a spacious downstairs available because the sleeping quarters are provided by a loft area, this gives plenty of room for a lounge and a small kitchen and a little toilet. This Laura Chalet is available in 45mm, 60mm & 95mm walls. Windows and doors are all premium grade double glazing units.

4. Cottage Log Cabin

The Cottage Lodge Log Cabin is one of the largest in our log cabin range and gives four rooms of flexible living or working accommodation. The high ceiling gives the log cabin a sense of space and allows for a loft storage area over the shower room.

The Cottage Lodge is completely wind proof, due to using 60mm double or 95mm triple tongue and groove logs and because of the design of the corner joints.  The wood used throughout is slow growing Scandinavian Spruce.

The Cottage has a loft area measuring 6.4 m2 above the toilet suitable for storage or sleeping in. The size of the log cabin makes it suitable for a variety of uses including – a fantastic garden or home office complex, guest suite, a holiday home or permanent house.  The roof and floor timbers are 20mm thick making a very stable cabin, the loft floor timbers are 28mm. As the pictures show the Cottage has plenty of room. This customer put in an Aga which gives character, warmth and comfort in the living area. How would you finish your Cottage Lodge off?

…..5. The Vertical Lodge Log Cabin

We have all fallen in love with the Vertical Lodge Log Cabin. Its still a concept but wow! Its modern look coupled with the idea of living outside is perfect with wanting to get back to nature.

 

Top 5 Chalet Log Cabin accommodation choices from Logspan

I have kept this blog entry to smaller constructed log cabins that could be suitable to camping parks, glamping businesses or gardens. I will include a further blog for bigger lodges, mobile homes or houses. But there is just too many buildings, sizes and varieties to keep it all to one post.

I have only included our standard log cabins but we can custom build a timber building to your design. Let us know your specifications and we can quote something to suit.

 

1. Ascot Log Cabin

Probably our most popular large cabin that doesn’t require planning permission, this multi room log cabin has found its place among the most practical solutions to multi use garden rooms. There is room for a double bed, a kitchen and living area and a toilet and shower. This gives you an idea of the room available in the T24 Ascot. It has also been popular as a home office for a small business working from a home property.

2. Finman 11m2 Sleeper Cabin with extensions

The Finman 11 Square Metre Sleeper Cabin is the baby of the Finman sleeper range. It is 4m in diameter and can sleep up to 6 people with our purpose built bunks system. This provides the perfect, cosy retreat with enough room for living space as well. The walls are 45mm (nearly 2”) thick and all windows and doors have full double glazing. Finman Sleepers provide a practical and exciting twist on camping and glamping.

3. Tornio Garden Cabin

Attractive, practical and affordable. The ‘Tornio’ log cabin does a really good job at all three of these descriptions. With full double glazing throughout and 45mm walls as standard, this cabin give the ideal solution for most outbuilding projects.

4. Finman 17m2 Sleeper Cabin with extensions

The Finman 17 Square Metre BBQ Hut is the older brother of the Finman Sleeper range. It is 5m in diameter and can sleep up to 10 people with our purpose built bunks system. This provides the perfect, cosy retreat with enough room for living space as well. The walls are 45mm (nearly 2”) thick and all windows and doors have full double glazing. Finman Sleepers provide a practical and exciting twist on camping and glamping.

5. Insulated Clansman Pod

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The Clansman pod has been created in respond to the every growing demand for this shape of building. So we saw what the market was doing and designed our own, fully insulated, double walled, solid timber construction and called it the Clansman Pod! We think it packs a pretty good punch in the glamping market!