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Assembly Guide

Before purchasing your log cabin from www.mymoderncabin.com please check with your local authorities whether you need to get a planning permission. Usually it is not required if cabin is up to 100 sq/f  living area. However, some times, without a permission for a cabin, maximum eave high may be up to 8 feet high.
 Anyway, in most cases getting permission is much easier than people think. We will be happy to provide all necessary schemes and pans of the cabin.


Foundation of log cabin is very important.
Correctly prepared foundation is one of the most important things for a cabin structure. So, please make it ideally flat. Assembling Log Cabin or summerhouse should take place during dry weather only. If it start raining during the assembling process, the wood should be covered over.
We recommend you to follow next stages of Log cabin erection:


  1. Sort all parts firstly, according to their length and logs position. Note -  Please see manual  of each wall board before.
  2. Firstly laid the foundation bearers, which goes from the left to the right wall of log cabin. It is recommended to fix them to foundation, at least in the corners of cabin.
  3. Start from the half boards. Usually they are for front and back of the cabin.
  4. Following the list of details it is important to note the position the windows in the cabin. It is essential for the window to be in their position, not too high or not too low. Please check the wall manual to insure the correct number of logs under the window.
    Please ensure what each next top log is fully laid on the bottom log and no gap left. Use screws to fix the logs if necessary. It is very important  as further gaps may occur in the top of eaves and gable of the cabin. In the package you will find some extra boards it is for hammering wall boards. Don’t hammer directly to the wall bard.
  5. When walls are ready, put roof beams.  It is advisable to screw the top wall logs if the cabin is build in windy area.  Please contact us if you need further information.
    When the external walls reach the height of the gables the doors and windows can be installed.
    Very important - Please attach the wind boards provided for the door and window surrounds to the window/door frame only. Do not attach direct to the cabin walls in order to allow the cabin wall to settle once built.
  6. Floorboards and fascia boards are fitted the last.
  7. As soon as the roof is installed it should be sealed immediately with roofing felt paper and bitumen shingles– which are supplied as optional extras. We think what bitumen shingles is the best solution for your log cabin.


After completion, the cabin should be immediately protected with an appropriate paint or wood treatment.
Please note: Wood is a natural material, which comes with differing textures and color nuances. These form part of the appeal and natural attraction to this product but also mean aesthetic variations.
Log cabins shingles fitting recommendations


Common info
We are not responsible for water leakages due to incorrect tile installation or improper preparation of the roof deck. Please before read these instructions carefully. If you have any installation questions please ask us before starting.
Sometimes a small deviation in color of the tiles occurs between tiles in the same or different packs. This is not a defect of the material and is actually designed to increase the decorative beauty of the completed roof. In order to reduce color difference during installation of the tiles, it is recommended to mix tiles lists from packs at random in order to create a mixed color effect.


Full pallets of tiles cannot be stored one on top of the other, otherwise this can compress the tiles into sticking to one another before use. In order to avoid shingles sticking to each other in a pack they should be protected from direct sunlight and any direct heat source.
Each pack should be bent and shaken before opening, this helps to separate the shingles from each other. It is not recommended to walk on the roof in hot/sunny weather because the cover might be damaged. Special ladders should be used for this purpose.

Usage of materials for roofing cover:
When calculating the amount of materials needed for roofing cover it is necessary to evaluate the quantity of tiles required depending on the complexity, degree of slope and size of the roof. Please remember to calculate extra tiles required for wastage (between 5 – 15% extra) as it is always better to have too many than too few tiles. Extra spare tiles, if stored correctly, can be used to repair any areas of damage in the future.


Installation of bitumen shingles:
Initial row (tiles of ridges/cornice):
Ridge/cornice tiles or the usual tiles (with the jagged edge cut off) are used for the initial row of tiles along both the eaves of the roof as well as the pitched cornice at the top.
The silicon film should be removed from the under side of the tile prior to installation.
Every tile should be nailed to the roof boards with wide headed galvanized roof tack nails. The number of nails depends on the pitch or slope of your roof. It is very important not to over hit the nails. They should be nailed in such a way that the head of the nail head is flush with the tile and not below the surface.
The head of the nail should not puncture the surface of the shingle tile.
The nails are put 1”-3” from the edge of the tile.
Ridge/cornice tiles should be cut into three parts at the places of perforation and laid in a straight line with an overlap of 1” – 2”. They are fixed with two nails on each side of the slope.
Installation should be performed against the prevailing direction of the wind.
ATTENTION: if ridge – cornice tiles are installed at the outside temperature lower than 50ºF it is recommended to bend them on a heated 4” diameter tube in order to avoid cracks.

The durability of the roof construction is longer if the roof has proper ventilation, especially over the usable attic.

Tile Patterns:
Please make sure that the individual tiles are NOT overlapped to cover the darker color section.
Please refer to the pictures for the correct spacing of tiles. If you assemble the tiles
with a larger overlap than recommended you will not have enough tiles to complete your
roof. We provide the correct quantity of tiles in order to cover your roof according to
correct assembly.


If you are going to put the tiles at lower than +60 degrees outside temperature, please preheat black sealing belt zones or use extra mastics to ensure waterproofing. In this case also recommend to keep tiles in warm temperature (inside) for 24 hours before installation.


The cost of extra tiles and delivery will be paid for by the customer.

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