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How Do I Choose The Right Log Cabin?

How Do You Make The Right Choice?

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It appears to be easy to purchase a log cabin – look on the internet to see a model you like and then try to find the best price – simple! Well – NO. Because there is such an extensive range of wooden log buildings available, the quality (or lack of it) varies considerably. You need to tread carefully to ensure you are not disappointed.

It would be best if you considered so many different things before you ‘sign on the dotted line’ so ask as many questions as you want and ensure you are happy with the answers. You can then be reasonably sure you won’t be disappointed. Ideally always talk to companies with their products on display and view.

Ensure you feel comfortable with any answers to queries. Do you feel you are being pushed into making a decision and do their answers given making your choice clearer?

1st Choice’s Trentan Wooden Cabins – are Made to Very High-Quality Standards

Optional EPDM Felt on Pent Cabins

Buy From an Established Business

Buy From an Established Business
By buying from an established business you can be reasonably sure that they have a great deal of expertise in the market. More importantly, they listen to their customers. This doesn’t mean avoid younger companies but just be a little more aware of their trading record.

Most established businesses have bricks and mortar premises where their website is simply a tool to introduce their products to the public. These businesses tend to have staff available to talk to about the range of buildings on offer.

Unfortunately there are some people out there who do not act in the customer’s interest. By being aware of whom you are dealing with can save a lot of hassle later and potentially money.

1st Choice has been in the outbuilding industry since 1979. We have a physical office where you can talk to us or visit.

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Ensure You Go For the Thickest Timber

Ensure You Go For the Thickest Timber
An ideal thickness which you should use for log cabins is 44mm. This thickness provides adequate strength to the building which makes it suitable for most uses. Thicker 70mm timber is the best as it is naturally insulating. This means that you do not need to install expensive wall insulation. Cool in summer and warm in winter is the best combination you could possibly have!

Provided the right quality of slow growing timber is used then 28mm logs will be suitable. The slow growth ensures the greatest strength of the wood. Avoid any fast-growing timber. I have seen cases where 19mm ‘logs’ (how they call them logs I don’t know!) are used which makes for a very cheap, lightweight building. I wouldn’t want to lean on one!

1st Choice Standard Cabin – Recommends Slow Growing Timber With Thickness of 28mm, 44mm or 70mm

Felt Tiles As Standard on Apex Cabins

Always View Log Cabins for Sale Before Buying

Always View Log Cabins for Sale Before Buying
With the internet, it’s often difficult to see what your new log outbuilding will be like. This is why it’s important it is so important to view your wood cabin before delivery. This way you can see how well it’s been made, whether there is sufficient head height, whether the doors and windows are solidly made and how good the timber is

Whilst some cabin internet-only companies may claim it’s best to buy online, it is not always possible to be sure what you are getting. If they are not prepared to let you see their log buildings beforehand, then be very wary. The cheapest price is not always the best value.

1st Choice Show Rooms are near Woking & Farnham in Surrey & Showcase Their Very High Standard Cabins

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Insist on Double Glazing in Your Garden Log Cabins

Insist on Double Glazing in Your Garden Log Cabins
The better timber cabins have double glazing as standard, but cheaper models only have single glazed windows. This does reduce the cost of the building marginally but it makes it harder to keep the building warm in Winter.

Conversely, it is also and harder (and not many people think of this) to keep the cabin cooler in Summer. Add in insulation and you have a great all year round cabin.

You will also find that double glazed windows are substantially more robust than single panes due to the two panes of glass with its vacuum inside it. So warmth and strength as standard.

1st Choice use Double Glazed Windows as standard – All pre-hung and framed with adjustable hinges!

1st Choice Cabins Are Double Glazed

Are All Sections Pre-Cut to Shape?

Are All Sections Pre-Cut to Shape?
Ensure that all apex log cabin and pent log cabin shaped ends are supplied cut to size & shape. Many cheap cabin kit manufacturers supply shaped which need to be cut by you. This may save money but means more work for you, and the possibility of mistakes.

It makes good sense to have the least amount of work as possible. The best option is to have the cabin built for you. Right – it is more expensive, but you can be sure that your new potentially self build log cabin will be constructed correctly and all you need to do is to enjoy it with your family in your garden. Also check the log cabin security features available on your cabin.

All 1st Choice Log Buildings have pre-cut panels to shape as well as size.

Over 160 Different Sizes and Styles

Farnham Show Site
1st Choice Leisure Buildingsss
Squire’s Garden Centre,
Badshot Lea Road,
Badshot Lea,
Farnham, Surrey. GU9 9JX
Phone (01252) 311085
Woking Show Site
1st Choice Leisure Buildings
Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Ln,
Sutton Green,
Guildford, GU4 7QA UK
Phone (01483) 237550
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