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Log Cabins Buyers Guide

Log Cabins Buyers Guide

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It is imperative that you read the following log cabin guide before making such a large purchase and always ensure you ask the following questions to allow you to make an informed decision.

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1. TIMBER QUALITY
What type and quality of timber has been used to make the cabin I am about to buy?

Log Cabin Timber Quality- All of our 28mm and 44mm log cabins are comprised only of extremely high quality timber. Our logs are constructed primarily with European RED WOOD timber which is a naturally smoother and of a better finish than other inferior types of wood. This includes fewer knots and splits and a much longer lifespan.

- Most (if not all!) of our competitors use Baltic white wood, quite simply because it is cheaper to buy in and more readily available. WHITE WOOD is much more prone to warping and splitting. Baltic timber grows quickly and therefore the grade is not as high and the quality is not as good as a slow grown European redwood.

BEWARE OF COMPETITOR LOG CABINS MADE UP OF POOR QUALITY TIMBER FROM THE BALTICS

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2. UK MANUFACTURED
Where has the cabin I am about to buy been made and by who?

UK Manufactured Log Cabins- We do NOT import our log cabins. We have our own mill, here in Yorkshire, owned and staffed entirely by us. This gives us complete control over the manufacturing process meaning we can oversee the quality of our timber.  Any timber found to be inferior is simply not used.

- Most other online log cabin retailers  do not have their own mill and are likely to import their log cabins from abroad. This leaves you, the end customer, with no idea where the product has actually come from and who has been responsible for its manufacture. As a result many competitor log cabins have therefore been sat in stock or left dock side for months on end – ours are fresh and made to order! Furthermore, if you bought an imported log cabin and any component was missing, incorrect or damaged upon arrival you may be waiting months for a replacement component to get to you!

BEWARE OF COMPETITOR LOG CABINS WHICH ARE IMPORTED FROM OUTSIDE THE UK

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3. JOINER MADE DOORS AND WINDOWS
What style, specification and quality of doors and windows have been used in the log cabin I am about to buy?

Joiner Made Doors and Windows- Our log cabins feature oversized extra large doors and windows. Our doors and windows feature high quality glazing which is factory siliconed, fully draft sealed and beaded internally and externally. Most importantly, our log cabin doors and windows are internally hung (like traditional house doors and windows).

- The majority of competitor log cabins have externally hung doors and windows (typically using lower quality pin hinges) – these are much more prone to twisting and warping. They tend to use cheaper narrower doors which can prove difficult for access. Many competitor’s log cabins’ doors and windows are not draft sealed – leaving you with extra work to do to finish the building.

BEWARE OF COMPETITOR LOG CABINS MADE UP OF LOW QUALITY, EXTERNALLY HUNG, DOORS AND WINDOWS AND ALWAYS CHECK THE SIZE OF THE OPENINGS

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4. UNIQUE 4-WAY CHAMFERED NOTCH SYSTEM
How good is the quality of the notch used to interlock the logs on the cabin I am about to buy?

Four Way Chamfered Log Cabin Notch System- Our log cabins feature a specially designed and unique four way chamfered notch-joint system ensuring an incredibly tight fit to all boards and allowing no room for damp or wind penetration. We also rebate our roof purlings to ensure there are no visible gaps in the roof construction.

- Many competitor log cabins feature a simple two way chamfer or even no chamfer to the joint at all. Cabins that feature square cut logs with a square notch-joint often leave a sloppy joint with large visible gaps that are susceptible to the elements.

BEWARE OF COMPETITOR LOG CABINS WHO USE ONLY A 2-WAY CHAMFERED NOTCH SYSTEM... OR NO CHAMFERING AT ALL (SQUARE JOINTED LOGS)

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5. EXTRA HIGH, BUT CAN REDUCE FOR PLANNING
What is the height of the cabin I am about to buy and what if I am required to reduce this?

EXTRA HIGH LOG CABINS- Our log cabins are extremely high at both the eaves and at the ridge providing maximum usable space within a given footprint base size. In certain circumstances the planning office states that if a log cabin is to be made within 2m of a boundary it has to be under 2.5m in height. For those customers who require a lower height, we can offer to reduce this height on the majority of our log cabins for no extra cost i.e. we give you the most possible cabin for your money and allow you a choice if you need to reduce it!

- Many competitor log cabins are already very low and they are not flexible enough to offer the customer any variance in heights, simply because they import their log cabins. Low cabins can make it difficult to stand up, offer no potential for roof storage and reduce the overall internal volume of the building.

BEWARE OF COMPETITOR LOG CABINS WHICH ARE VERY LOW, PARTICULARLY THE EAVES HEIGHT

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6. HIGH QUALITY LOCKING SYSTEM
How secure is the locking system on the doors of the cabin I am about to buy?

LOG CABIN LOCKING SYSTEM- Our log cabins are made with decorative brass handles with a high quality integral three lever lock. These are the sort of locks you would find installed on the door of a house or secure office building.

- Many competitor log cabins use cheap and less secure European cylinder locks putting your belongings at risk.

BEWARE OF COMPETITOR LOG CABINS WHICH FEATURE LOW QUALITY CYLINDER LOCKS

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7. BESPOKE OPTIONS AVAILABLE
What if I want to make a change to the design of the cabin I am about to buy so that it is tailored just for me?

Bespoke Log Cabins- As the manufacturers of all of our own log cabins, we can be very flexible with design. Therefore if you need a specific size log cabin, wish to add on doors, windows, partitions etc. then simply give us a call and we will get you a price.

- Most competitor log cabin companies will not offer this amazing service, the only cabins they can sell you are the exact ‘off the shelf’ cabins displayed on their website or in their literature. This can be frustrating especially considering the expensive nature of such a product.

BEWARE OF COMPETITOR LOG CABINS WHO OFFER LITTLE IN TERMS OF FLEXIBILITY AND ADAPTABILITY

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8. FANTASTIC DELIVERY SERVICE
How will the log cabin I am about to buy be delivered and will I have to wait in all day for the driver?

Amazing Log Cabin Delivery Service- Providing access is sufficient we will deliver our log cabins on 18ton HIAB trucks. The vehicle has its own built in ‘state of the art’ crane to take the log cabin straight off the vehicle and on to site. We advise you not only of a delivery date in advance but also a two hour arrival time slot so you don’t have to stay in all day.

- Most competitor log cabin companies will make you, the customer, help unload the building by hand. Many companies will simply send you an email telling you what day the log cabin will arrive on with no room for discussion or negotiation nor any sort of specific time.

BEWARE OF COMPETITOR LOG CABIN COMPANIES WHO OFFER A DELIVERY SERVICE WHERE YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT IN ALL DAY FOR DELIVERY, AND THAT’S IF IT TURNS UP AT ALL!

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TAKE THE TIME TO THOROUGHLY GO THROUGH EACH OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS BEFORE MAKING YOUR LOG CABIN PURCHASE AND WE ARE SURE YOU WILL AGREE THAT TIGER LOG CABINS TRULY DOES PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY AND BEST VALUE FOR MONEY LOG CABINS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET TODAY.