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How Long Do Log Cabins Last?

A log cabin is the ideal choice for a garden building that can grow with your family for years to come. Kick back and relax with friends and family during a summer BBQ, or set up the perfect study space for the youngsters.

But before you invest, you might be wondering: how long do log cabins last?

There are many factors that influence how long your log cabin will last, including the materials, installation, maintenance, insulation and aftercare. A high-quality, well-maintained log cabin will last for decades.

We’ll look at the steps you can take to prolong the life of your log cabin, and the factors you should consider when looking for a quality log cabin.


It’s not a surprise that higher quality materials results in a longer lasting garden building. Investing in good quality FSC timber from Europe ensures our log cabins are built to stand the test of time. By handling the entire manufacturing process, we can ensure that none of our timber buildings are imported.

FSC Logo - Forest For All ForeverInstallation

A quality, sturdy base is the foundation of any long-lasting garden building. A base that is solid and level will make it easier to assemble your log cabin. Without this, you could run into problems, like a door dropping out of alignment and becoming difficult to open. 

As for the assembly process, you’ll want to make sure you follow all installation instructions closely for a successful build. If DIY is not your strong point, don’t worry! We have a team of experts who can make sure your log cabin is assembled properly and accurately.

Log Cabin Base
Maintenance and Aftercare

Once you’ve built your log cabin, keeping up with maintenance is key to a long lasting log cabin. When you first get your log cabin, it’s recommended that you treat it with a wood stain for protection, then annually thereafter with an appropriate high quality wood preservative.

Periodic care with a quality wood stain will help to prevent any issue such as damp. Keeping a diary will help you to keep on top of any maintenance tasks.

Barrettine CreocoteInsulation

Insulating your log cabin will not only keep you warm when using it in the winter, but it will also prolong its life by offering protection against the elements and damp.

With some DIY knowledge, you can easily insulate your log cabin, or call in a professional to get the job done. Crucial areas that are easily forgotten when insulation is the roof, doors and windows. 

Adding extra features to your log cabin can help to improve its longevity. Our range of optional extras can help you get the most out of your log cabin.

  • Guttering kits collect water and allows for easy run off water. This means that water is prevented from collecting on any area. Be mindful of any trees nearby your log cabin, as overhanging branches will contribute to the water on your cabin’s roof.
  • Adding glazing options to your log cabin windows will give your cabin warmth, insulation and extra security.
  • Roofing shingles ensure a durable roof that is long lasting. They are made from a fibreglass mat base and covered with a special bitumen mixture from both sides.

Rain Falling onto Log Cabin RoofOur Anti-Rot Guarantee

As well as the standard 12 month warranty, many of our log cabins also come with a 5 or 10 year guarantee against timber rot and decay. This doesn’t cover general split or warping which may occur naturally over the lifetime of the building.