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Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay – Installation Included

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 13 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 566237

Size: 13' x 9'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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Good Ranked in the Top 55% of Log Cabins.
Position 498 of 910 Log Cabins - Up places from previous update.
Quality of materials
Construction quality
Ease of construction
Value for money

See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included

The Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included comes with a pent style roof and is fit with lockable double doors that use a rimlock locking system. The 3 windows used on this particular 13′ x 9′ use a 4mm toughened safety glass material.

Base material: european softwood

Certifications this product meets:

FSC certified timber[1]

Our experts say this has 5 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 tongue & groove floor material is a great choice and is what we find being used by 94% of the top 10% of log cabins.

3. A 34mm thick cladding like the one used on walls of this log cabin is one of the best rated by our experts.

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

5. This toughened safety glass glazing material is one that our experts say is one of the best available for windowed log cabins.

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 [2] 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 [3], as well as being used on 98% (87 of 89) of the top 10% of log cabins [4]. You’ll also find the interlocking log cladding showing up on 68% of 13′ x 9′ log cabins (99 in total) [5], and if we compare this item against those 99 we find it’s Expert Score is 5% higher than the average score for a 13′ x 9′ interlocking log log cabin.

The walls are 34mm thick and we rate this the best thickness out of the 5 found on same-size log cabins [6]. It is used on 9% of all log cabins [7] and is also used across 8% of the top 10% of log cabins [8] we analysed. 23% of 13′ x 9′ log cabins (33 in total) use 34mm thick walls [9], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 13′ x 9′ log cabins (90), the Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included is just above the average with an Expert Score of 92.

Read full analysis for cladding.

Roofing

Polyester felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size log cabins [10], is said to be the best roof covering material. It comes fitted on 5% of log cabins and used on 4% of the top 10% of 13′ x 9′ log cabins. 5% of 13′ x 9′ log cabins (8 in total) make use of a polyester felt material as a roof covering, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 13′ x 9′ log cabins (92), the Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included is the same with an Expert Score of 92.

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Flooring

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 [11]. 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. 79% of 13′ x 9′ log cabins (116 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor with this product having an Expert Score of 5% higher than the average.

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Window

Toughened safety glass windows come installed on this log cabin. As a glazing option, we rate it the best out of the 4 glazing types found on 13′ x 9′ log cabins [12]. This particular type of glazing is used on 6% of all windowed log cabins and 5% of the top 10% of log cabins with windows we analysed. 8% of 13′ x 9′ log cabins with windows (10 in total) use toughened safety glass windows, and when taking the average Expert Score of those toughened safety glass 13′ x 9′ log cabins (92), the Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included is the same with an Expert Score of 92.

The windows on this log cabin use a 4mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the best thicknesses for window glazing out of 5 different thicknesses found on same-size log cabins [13]. Glazing this thick is found on 15% of all the windowed log cabins we analysed and used on 42% of the top 10% of windowed log cabins. 11% of 13′ x 9′ log cabins (14 in total) use 4mm thick glazing, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 13′ x 9′ log cabins (90), the Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included is just above the average with an Expert Score of 92.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 10 13′ x 9′ log cabins with comparable specifications. The Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included has an Expert Score that is 1% equal than average and is £17 more expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring log cabins out of the 10 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 £1,980 with this Chiltern 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Felt, Plus Underlay. It is priced at £4,265, this is 46% less than this and has an Expert Score of 92, 0 points equal than the Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included.

The Forest Melbury 4.0m x 3.0m Log Cabin Single Glazed 24kg Polyester Felt, No Underlay Installation Included is the best scoring log cabin available out of all 10 13′ x 9′ log cabins we analysed.

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.
12’x10′ Blake | 44mm Log Cabin
14’x8′ Blake | 44mm Log Cabin
Palmako Sally 3.2m x 3.8m Log Cabin Summerhouse

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.
Palmako Sally 3.2m x 3.8m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Palmako Melanie 3.5m x 3.5m Corner Log Cabin Summerhouse
Palmako Veronica 3.4m x 3.4m Log Cabin 4 Windows

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.
14’x8′ Blake | 44mm Log Cabin
12’x10′ Blake | 44mm Log Cabin
Palmako Melanie 3.5m x 3.5m Corner 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.
12’x10′ Kerr | 44mm Log Cabin
Oren 3.8m x 3.2m Countess Log Cabin
Oren 3.8m x 3.2m Duchess Log Cabin

Product Details

Building Type
Garden Gym Rooms, Garden Rooms, Garden Snooker Rooms, Log Cabins, Modern Garden Rooms, Modern Log Cabins
Metric Size (Meters)
13' x 9'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Pent
Number of Windows
3
Door Type
Double Door
Cladding Type
Interlocking Log
Cladding Thickness
34mm
Treatment Type
Untreated
External Dimensions
246 x 464 x 369
Industry Standards Certification
Manufactured from FSC certified timber from sustainable sources
Product Dimensions
242 x 464 x 369 cm
Assembly Options
Installation Service Included
Locking System
Rimlock
Number Of Doors
2
Effects And Finish
None (Kiln Dried)
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Toughened Safety Glass
Roof Covering
Polyester Felt
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
4mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
4mm
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan

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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Author

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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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.

Homebase – 35509 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.
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.
Tiger Sheds – 635 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. FSC Certified Timber: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that is “dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.” When you see the FSC certification it means the forest where this wood was sourced from is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. FSC-certified forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards. FSC certified timber is comparable to Certified Timber

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

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

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

6. 13′ x 9′ cladding data sourced from: 146 13′ x 9′ interlocking log log cabins 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 19mm, 28mm, 34mm, 44mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 34mm log cabins 

9. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 89 34mm log cabins 

10. 13′ x 9′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 33 13′ x 9′ 34mm log cabins 

11. Roof covering types identified: epdm synthetic rubber, mineral felt, polyester felt 

12. Floor material types identified: tongue & groove 

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

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

Product ID: SKU: 566237

Size: 13' x 9'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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