If you plan on investing in a log cabin for your garden, a significant consideration is how often you can use it. Many people believe that log cabins in the UK are usable only during the warmer spring and summer months and like desolate ice cabins in the winter; this makes them reluctant to buy one.
But is this the case and are log cabins warm in the winter? In the below guide, I aim to dispel the myths and give you the low down on log cabin temperatures and whether they are comfortable to use and even live in during the colder months.
What Factors Affect Log Cabin Warmth in the Winter?
Log cabin warmth isn’t a simple thing – it’s not just a case of sticking a heater inside and hoping it heats effectively. That approach can work, but it is less cost-effective, and heaters have limitations. Instead, there are other factors to consider too including the insulation and sealing.
Insulation is your primary defense against the harsh UK winter. A log cabin should have insulation on the floor, roof, and walls. The floor can contain something like insulation board up to 100mm thick which creates a barrier between the floor and the ground as this is a primary area the cold seeps in.
For the walls and roof, a timber framework can be added to the structure, and an insulation board and membrane can be attached to this to provide the insulation. This is finished internally with plasterboard, plaster, and paint.
Warmth is lost in log cabins in the UK through cracks and primary areas include window and door frames. If these are not sealed properly you can lose a lot of heat. The warmest log cabins have double-glazed windows and doors, and it’s a great idea to check the seals around the fixtures to make sure any gaps are eliminated.
While insulation and proper sealing work wonders, a small electric heater can help too. It’s not advised to run this continually due to the high running costs, but on particularly cold days a blast from a heater can help keep the hot air circulating.
Do Log Cabins Keep the Heat in?
When we have average winter temperatures of around 7 degrees Celsius you want some guarantee that your log cabin will keep heat in. Imagine sitting in your log cabin as the cold slowly seeps in and the temperatures plummet!
Gladly, this isn’t the case with a properly insulated log cabin – and that’s the key. If you want to keep the heat in then you must have insulation. This stops heat from escaping and cold air from entering. But that’s just part of the battle.
Your log cabin must also have tight seals around the doors and windows, and ideally, double-glazing helps. With air tight seals, high-quality glass, and insulation, you should be able to keep your log cabin heated easily.
Can You Live in a Log Cabin in the Winter?
Many people like the idea of having a log cabin in their garden or on their land as an escape – somewhere different from their house. People even go so far as to live in their log cabins or use them for prolonged periods compared to how long they spend in their houses.
But is this possible in the winter? Insulated log cabins in the UK with the proper fixtures such as double-glazed windows and doors can be comfortable to live in during the winter. The insulation helps keep heat in and regulate temperatures, and proper sealing on the doors and windows helps prevent too much heat from escaping.
Are Log Cabins Warm in Summer?
You have to consider the flip side too and how warm a log cabin gets in the summer. For example, with a traditional conservatory, in the winter they become virtually unusable due to the cold, but in the summer they can be heat traps and oppressive too.
Insulated log cabins are not like this. They are more akin to a room in your house when finished properly with plasterboard and paint, etc. Log cabins typically have air vents too which helps the airflow and gives some temperature control.
Of course, you may need to open windows and doors – just as you would in your house, but log cabins certainly won’t be unbearable in the summer.
Our Insulated Log Cabins Might be the Perfect Choice
So, are log cabins warm in the winter? Yes, provided you choose the right one and spend a little more to insulate the cabin. If you buy a log cabin with no insulation and expect to just use an electric heater, the results may be disappointing.
Instead, our premium range of insulated log cabins offers a fantastic hassle-free solution that you can use all year round – even in the cold UK winters. To find out more why not check out our log cabin section or download our price brochures?