I wasn’t born in a log cabin, but my family moved into one as soon as they could afford it.
-Melville D. Landon, humorist, 1839 – 1910
Keeping rain out is what exterior siding, windows and doors are all about. However, you really shouldn’t rely on just one layer of protection to keep your cabin’s wood frame dry. It might work, but you won’t know the walls are getting wet until it’s way to late to do anything about it easily. The hidden and devastating nature of water leaks is why I always use multiple layers of protection working together to keep moisture out of building frames. In a nutshell, here’s how the features come together:
1. Apply a waterproof, vapour-permeable fabric to the outside of the building.
2. Install plastic drainage pans at the bottom of window and door openings to catch and direct water that leaks past caulking.
3. Install windows and doors.
4. Apply dimpled plastic drainage membrane or non-woven drainage fabric in preparation for cedar shingles.
Some of these details go way beyond standard practice, so be sure to watch the next video for the fullest understanding.
In This Section...
BETTER WINDOW INSTALLATION
The rot, mold and mildew that happens when exterior layers of water protection fail are both serious and hidden, and that’s why you really need multiple layers of defense to ensure trouble doesn’t happen.
THINK NOW ABOUT YOUR DOOR
There are many options for cabin doors, and we chose a prehung, insulated metal door with a window.
SELECTING & INSTALLING WINDOWS
You can get really confused choosing windows these days, but the job doesn’t have to be complicated, at least as far as your cabin goes.
DOOR INSTALLATION DETAILS
There are different ways to install a door, but a prehung, insulated wooden door is a reasonable compromise between good looks and ease of installation.