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12×16 The Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 26 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: GTIN: 5060767731505.0

Size: 12'x16'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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Good Ranked in the Top 38% of Log Cabins.
Position 341 of 910 Log Cabins - Down 284 places from previous update.
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Our verdict on the 12’x16′ Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin

The 12’x16′ Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin is fit with lockable double doors that use a 3 lever lock locking system. The 3 joiner made windows used on this particular 12’x16′ use a 3mm horticultural glass material.

Base material: european softwood

Our experts say this has 7 stand out features. A stand out feature is something found on over 70% of the top 10% of products in a particular category or is an exceptionally good feature as rated by our panel of experts.

1. When looking at cladding material used on the top 10% of all log cabins, interlocking log is used on 98% of them.

2. The 44mm thick cladding used is as thick as the walls found on 80% of the top 10% of log cabins.

3. The tongue & groove construction used for the roof is the same kind you’ll find used across 100% of the top 10% of log cabins.

4. The tongue & groove floor material is a great choice and is what we find being used by 94% of the top 10% of log cabins.

5. The 19mm thick floor boards are the same thickness we see being used on 88% of the top 10% of log cabins.

6. A 19mm thick roof construction as thick as this is something our expert rate to be one of the best available on log cabins.

7. The mineral felt roof covering found on this log cabin is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this log cabin fairs across the market.

Cladding

Amazing, our experts say most of the cladding options used are among the best.

The interlocking log cladding(walls) used here is the best form of construction for log cabin walls out of the 2 types [1] we’ve identified on same-size log cabins, that you’ll also see getting used on 72% (639 of 893) of all log cabins analysed [2], as well as being used on 98% (87 of 89) of the top 10% of log cabins [3]. Even though the Expert Score of this particular log cabin is 1 point below that of the average interlocking log clad 12’x16’s (they have an average Expert Score of 86), with it being on 98% of the top 10%, its use here is a reassuring sign of a high quality cladding. You’ll also find the interlocking log cladding showing up on 78% of 12’x16′ log cabins (82 in total) [4].

The walls are 44mm thick and we rate this the best thickness out of the 6 found on same-size log cabins [5]. It is used on 34% of all log cabins [6] and is also used across 80% of the top 10% of log cabins [7] we analysed. Even though the Expert Score of this particular log cabin is 2 points below the average 44mm clad 12’x16’s score of 87, the fact that 80% of the top 10% use a cladding this thick is reassuring as a sign of quality. 59% of 12’x16′ log cabins (62 in total) use 44mm thick walls [8].

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Roofing

Tongue & groove is the cladding used for the roofing, our experts rate this the best form of roof material and is the only type we’ve found on same-size log cabins [9]. This roofing material is used on 64% of all log cabins analysed, and 100% of the top 10% of log cabins. Even though the Expert Score of this particular log cabin is 1 point below the average of 86 for 12’x16’s using a tongue & groove roofing, with it being on 100% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality roof material. 81% of 12’x16′ log cabins (85 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof.

A 19mm thick roof boarding was used on this log cabin which is the best thickness used for a roofing material out of 4 thicknesses identified on same-size log cabins [10]. It’s used on 37% of all log cabins and 67% of the top 10% of log cabins. Even though the Expert Score of this particular log cabin is 1 point below that of the average for 12’x16’s that use 19mm roofing (85 vs the average of 86), with it being on 67% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 51% of 12’x16′ log cabins (54 in total) use a 19mm thick roof boarding.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size log cabins [11], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 57% of log cabins and used on 58% of the top 10% of 12’x16′ log cabins. 58% of 12’x16′ log cabins (61 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 12’x16′ log cabins (85), the 12’x16′ Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin is the same with an Expert Score of 85.

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Flooring

Fantastic, our experts say most of the flooring options used are among the best.

The manufactures of this log cabin chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction and is the only type found on this size of log cabin [12]. This type of floor construction is used on 74% of all log cabins we analysed, and 94% of the top 10% of those log cabins. Even though the Expert Score of this particular log cabin is 2 points below the average of 87 for 12’x16’s using a tongue & groove flooring, with it being on 94% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality flooring material. 84% of 12’x16′ log cabins (88 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor.

A 19mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is the best floor board thickness according to our experts out of 5 found on same-size log cabins [13]. It’s found on 39% of all log cabins and used on 88% of the top 10% of log cabins. Even though the Expert Score of this particular log cabin is below the average 12’x16’s that use 19mm flooring (85 vs the average of 87), with it being on 88% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 50% of 12’x16′ log cabins (53 in total) use 19mm thick floor boarding.

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Window

Horticultural glass windows come installed on this log cabin. As a glazing option, we rate it an about average out of the 3 glazing types found on 12’x16′ log cabins [14]. This particular type of glazing is used on 28% of all windowed log cabins and 17% of the top 10% of log cabins with windows we analysed. 22% of 12’x16′ log cabins with windows (23 in total) use horticultural glass windows, and when taking the average Expert Score of those horticultural glass 12’x16′ log cabins (83), the 12’x16′ Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin is just above the average with an Expert Score of 85.

The windows on this log cabin use a 3mm thick glazing, we rate this an about average thickness for window glazing out of 5 different thicknesses found on same-size log cabins [15]. Glazing this thick is found on 28% of all the windowed log cabins we analysed and used on 15% of the top 10% of windowed log cabins. 24% of 12’x16′ log cabins (25 in total) use 3mm thick glazing, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 12’x16′ log cabins (84), the 12’x16′ Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin is just above the average with an Expert Score of 85.

The 645mm x 1045mm windows on this log cabin are 21% smaller than the average 12’x16′ log cabin. The window height is 1,045.00mm (3′) tall which is 17% shorter than the average 12’x16′ with 182.39mm (0.6′) less height. The window width is 645.00mm (2′) wide which is 11% narrower than the average 12’x16′ with 71.39mm (0.2′) narrower width.

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Height

The height of this log cabin is 2079mm (7′) which is 5% less than the average 12’x16′ log cabin, giving you 100.5mm (0.3′) less headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,880.00mm (6′) tall which is 1% or 5.92mm (0.0′) taller than the average 12’x16′.
The door width is 1,520.00mm (5′) wide which is 1% or 10.02mm (0.0′) wider than the average 12’x16′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 37 12’x16′ log cabins with comparable specifications. The 12’x16′ Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin has an Expert Score that is 4% lower than average and is £5 more expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring log cabins out of the 37 with comparable specifications the following might be of interest.

Best value – If you are looking for something comparable that costs less, then you could save £1,442 with this 18’x10′ Lakra | 44mm Log Cabin. It is priced at £5,147, this is 28% less than this and has an Expert Score of 92, 7 points higher than the 12’x16′ Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 92 vs 85 for this product, the 10’x18′ Shere | 44mm Log Cabin is the best 12’x16′ log cabin with comparable specifications, and is priced at £5,970, that’s £619 less than the 12’x16′ Zeta | 44mm Log Cabin.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a log cabin with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 log cabins that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Palmako Lea 4.8m x 3.6m Log Cabin Garden Room
Shire Azay 2 4.5m x 4.2m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Forest Elmley 5m x 3m Log Cabin Garden Office

Coastal Consideration – If you live in a particularly wet or harsher environment such as by the coast then you might want to consider something with a more robust pressure treatment or something made from metal or plastic, both materials that are particularly suited to such harsh environments. We’ve found at least 3 log cabins that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire Azay 2 4.5m x 4.2m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Forest Elmley 5m x 3m Log Cabin Garden Office
Palmako Melanie 5.7m x 3m Corner Log Cabin Summerhouse

Public-Facing – Extra security measures might be more of a concern if you’re placing your building in an area that is more public-facing than a garden. Features such as security windows or even having no windows at all, and the ability to lock all opening doors are usually much more important when you have something that is more public-facing. We found at least 3 log cabins that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
Palmako Lea 4.8m x 3.6m Log Cabin Garden Room
Forest Elmley 5m x 3m Log Cabin Garden Office
Shire Azay 2 4.5m x 4.2m Log Cabin Summerhouse

More Child Friendly – If you have children and you are looking for something that has that little extra in terms of durability then tougher glazing options might be a better option. Here we have at least 3 other options that will fill those needs.
Forest Elmley 5m x 3m Log Cabin Garden Office
16’x12′ Procas | 44mm Log Cabin
18’x10′ Procas | 44mm Log Cabin

Product Details

Building Type
Large Log Cabins, Log Cabins
Metric Size (Meters)
12' x 16'
Material
Wooden
Number of Windows
3
Door Type
Double Door
Cladding Type
Interlocking Log
Cladding Thickness
44mm
Treatment Type
Untreated
Locking System
3 Lever Lock
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Horticultural Glass
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
3mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
3mm
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
19mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
19mm
Eaves Height (Imperial)
2079mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
2079mm
Ridge Height (Imperial)
2926mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
2926mm
Door Height (Imperial)
6'
Door Height (Metric)
1880mm
Door Width (Imperial)
5'
Door Width (Metric)
1520mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
19mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
19mm
Depth (Imperial)
139.76"
Depth (Metric)
3550mm
Width (Imperial)
187.01"
Width (Metric)
4750mm
Framing Size (Imperial)
2.28" x 1.73"
Framing Size (Metric)
58mm x 44mm
Packaged Weight (Imperial)
2919 lbs
Packaged Weight (Metric)
1327 kgs
Window Size (Imperial)
645mm x 1045mm
Window Size (Metric)
645mm x 1045mm
Framing Style
Tanalised Bearers Only
Window Style
Joiner Made
Door Size (Imperial)
1520mm x 1880mm
Door Size (Metric)
1520mm x 1880mm
Base Size (Imperial)
132.28" x 179.53"
Base Size (Metric)
3360mm x 4560mm
Internal Size (Imperial)
128.82" x 176.06"
Internal Size (Metric)
3272mm x 4472mm
Internal Ridge (Imperial)
2714mm
Internal Ridge (Metric)
2714mm
Internal Eaves (Imperial)
2126mm
Internal Eaves (Metric)
2126mm
External Size Excluding Roof (Imperial)
139.76" x 187.01"
External Size Excluding Roof (Metric)
3550mm x 4750mm
External Size Including Roof (Imperial)
167.32" x 194.88"
External Size Including Roof (Metric)
4250mm x 4950mm

Comparisons of Similar Sheds

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Expert Score 8585858380
Price £5,620.00£3,299.99£3,499.00£2,999.99£1,864.00
Size 12' x 14'20' x 10'14' x 10'16' x 13'11' x 9'
Brand ShireWaltonsShireWaltonsAdley
Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 28mm28mm28mm28mm19mm
Guarantee 10 Years10 Years5 Years10 Years10 Years
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

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Our resident shed building expert Joel was the 2014 winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year having beat over 10,000 applicants to win. He returned to the show the following year as a judge. He is also the author of The Book of Shed and has designed & built over 50 small bespoke garden builds. Joel has appeared on various TV or Radio shows include George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, Alan Titchmarsh Love your Garden, Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

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Sources

Merchants Checked

12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 1 contained information that we were able to use to compile the data used on this page.

The following merchants were checked on the 06 August, 2022 to see if they stocked this product.

Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
Wickes – 19576 products checked, found no matches.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found no matches.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found no matches.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found no matches.


1. Untreated: Any wooden structure that is left untreated will have its lifespan dramatically shortened. This is especially the case with Douglas fir or European softwoods such as Whitewood (spruce) or Redwood (Pine), most garden buildings sold in the UK are made from such wood.

The Wood Protection Association says that “the risk of attack increases significantly if the moisture content of wood, for any reason, rises above 20%” they also talk about how more lower durability cuts of wood (known as sapwood) are getting used to build with than in years gone by. They also say that “sapwood on the other hand is a source of food for many species of fungi and insects and is always vulnerable to attack.” This risk is particularly prevalent with European softwoods.

The BS 8417 code of practice (this advises on the choice of timber species and the use and application of wood preservatives) and BS EN 350:2016 (this advises on methods for determining and classifying the durability of wood and wood-based materials against biological wood-destroying agents) says the natural durability class of such European softwoods is between 3 and 5. With class 3 listed as moderately durable, class 4 listed as slightly durable and class 5 listed as not durable. All three classes have a service life of less than 15 years in a frequently wet environment (such as a UK garden). Yet the application of a preservative treatment or modification of lower durability species is designed according to BS8605 part1 (this is the British standards specifications for external timber cladding) to extend service life to 15/30 years or more.

Having a wooden garden structure supplied as untreated is relatively rare. The vast majority of wooden buildings are supplied with some form of basic treatment, usually a short term water based dip treatment. If you buy an untreated wooden building/structure then we strongly advise that you treat it annually with a solvent-based wood treatment. For full penetration it requires 2-3 coats. It is also recommended that you treat the inside of the structure as well.

If you are wanting something that will require much less maintenance throughout the products life cycle then we would strongly suggest looking at something that is pressure treated also known as tanalised timber.

By correctly treating timber you can take a sub 15 year service life for a not very durable European softwood and extend its service life to 15/30 years or more according to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association

2. Cladding types identified: interlocking boards, interlocking log, tongue & groove 

3. Global cladding data sourced from: All interlocking log log cabins 

4. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 89 interlocking log log cabins 

5. 12’x16′ cladding data sourced from: 105 12’x16′ interlocking log log cabins 

6. Cladding thickness types identified: 28mm, 34mm, 40mm, 44mm, 45mm 

7. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 44mm log cabins 

8. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 89 44mm log cabins 

9. 12’x16′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 62 12’x16′ 44mm log cabins 

10. Roof material types identified: tongue & groove 

11. Roof thickness types identified: 16mm, 18mm, 19mm 

12. Roof covering types identified: epdm synthetic rubber, heavy duty mineral felt, mineral felt, polyester felt 

13. Floor material types identified: tongue & groove 

14. Floor thickness types identified: 16mm, 18mm, 19mm, 28mm 

15. Glazing material types identified: double glazed, horticultural glass, single glazed, toughened glass, toughened safety glass 

16. Glazing thickness types identified: 3mm, 4mm, 34mm 

Product ID: GTIN: 5060767731505.0

Size: 12'x16'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Tiger Sheds
£7,559.99
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