Buying a log cabin is a serious undertaking. You want something that not only looks great but will continue to provide years’ worth of pleasure for you and your family. Making matters more confusing is the sheer number of different manufacturers offering seemingly similar models at vastly different prices.
As a customer, all this information can be more than a little overwhelming. Fortunately, WhatSheds is here to help. Our team has compiled extensive reviews of leading manufacturers on the market. Based on our years of experience and personal site visits to showrooms, we aim to guide you to your perfect log cabin.
Today’s subject for review is The Procas 44mm range of cabins by TigerSheds. These buildings are frankly enormous, even for log cabins. The model we viewed at the TigerSheds showroom in Leeds was the 18×14, not even the largest available!
Upon arrival, this distinctive looking structure immediately caught our eye thanks to its reverse apex roof construction and reasonable porch area. Another design feature that is impossible not to notice is the oversized doors and windows. Much larger than those on many log cabins, these create a light and airy space within. For this reason, we think The Procas range would make an ideal summer house.
What we rate
Massive windows throughout. The Procas would be a joy to use in summer months.
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How We Rate It
LONGEVITY OF MATERIALS9/10
EASE OF INSTALLATION6/10
VALUE FOR MONEY8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
The Procas log cabins are available in a range of different sizes. You’ll find them all listed below. However, TigerSheds allows customers to specify their own dimensions, at a cost. This is certainly one of the advantages of the company having its own mill.
One thing that is worth noting is that certain councils demand that garden buildings positioned less than 2m from a house must be less than 2.5m tall. This won’t be an issue at all those considering buying The Procas cabin, since it stands at 2470mm back and 2189mm front.
We were impressed to learn that The Procas range of log cabins uses European redwood throughout its construction. Being a slow-growing variety of timber, this might not be the cheapest material possible but if you’re in the market for a building that will serve you long into the future, you really want the best from the off.
Some of TigerSheds’s competitors will favour a cheaper building material for their cabins – Baltic white wood is common. Growing much quicker than the European redwood, this choice might be cheaper, but we have found that is much more prone to succumbing to structurally impairing defects such as warping or splitting.
As mentioned, all the timber used in The Procas is milled by TigerSheds in Yorkshire at its own facility. By cutting wood to order, the likelihood of materials being stored in damp conditions whilst waiting to be bought in a warehouse is substantially reduced. What’s more, if TigerSheds does accidentally send you the wrong piece or it is damaged somehow in transit or construction, it will be much easier to get it replaced than if the wood was milled by a third-party company.
Like the rest of the TigerSheds log cabin range, The Procas is supplied untreated. The manufacturer recommends that newly erected garden buildings be finished with a spirit-based treatment as soon as possible – certainly within the first 14 days.
To help customers, TigerSheds provides a choice of two different treatments – its own TigerCare product (in either clear, dark oak, mahogany, or red cedar), and Cuprinol in a range of slightly jazzier colours (Black Ash, Forget Me Not, Old English Green, Pale Jasmine, Seagrass, and Summer Damson). You can see the Black Ash as used on the Procas at the TigerSheds show-site.
Although certainly vital to maximise the longevity of a newly-purchased garden building, not all manufacturers carry such products. This can leave the customer guessing as to how to protect their cabin. We liked that TigerSheds does offer a choice of products, however not including one of them in the asking price seems a little bit stingy!
TigerSheds’s log cabins all feature 44mm walls as standard. Although a little more costly upfront, this design choice fills us at WhatShed with confidence. The company hasn’t tried to lure customers in with an inferior basic model with thinner walls and a super low price. We have seen manufacturers do this kind of thing before and we’re encouraged by the high quality of TigerSheds’s products – even the entry level options.
Complementing the choice of materials is the construction methods used by TigerSheds. All boards are four-way chamfered and fit together using a simple but effective double tongue and groove joint system. We’ve seen firsthand how exceptionally tight a fit this creates and how little the chance of damp or wind penetration is on such constructions.
That said, TigerSheds clearly knows how battered the UK can get with weather during the winter months. To make the structure even more sturdy, the manufacturer includes four storm braces. These extra supports bolt the entire structure together making it even tougher than before. This seriously impressed us since such an addition will often be overlooked by customers excited by the prospect of a log cabin at home. It might be the best part of a year before they realise that the structure they bought wasn’t designed with gale force winds in mind. With this in mind, many cabin manufacturers will omit such touches.
The Procas roof is a reverse apex (sloped front and back that meets in the middle). It overhangs a good way all around the building, not only adding character to the construction but also providing the walls some protection from the elements. The Procas also features a decent-sized porch which adds to the style and functionality of the cabin. We can definitely see ourselves sipping a nice glass of wine under it on a warm summer’s evening!
The roof is built using 19mm tongue and groove boards that feature recessed purlins. When we inspected the display model in Leeds, we were pretty amazed at how well-built the roof appeared. You can see the tightness of the interlocking beams illustrated in the below photo we took during the visit. The sturdy roof beams protruding beneath the porch out front not only look rustic but fill us with confidence in the rigidity of the cabin. They’re sufficiently chunky at 44mm by 122mm – another design choice that TigerSheds could have decided to save some money on but opted to provide as high a quality as possible as standard.
One criticism we did have with The Procas is the rather large extra beam that extends from front to back and hangs much lower than the others inside. This, whilst clearly necessary for the building’s integrity, does reduce the headroom in certain parts of the cabin. Being potentially one of the larger cabins sold by TigerSheds, the firm obviously needed to get a little creative with how they were going to provide enough support and their solution, although incredibly sturdy looking, does impact on the usability of the cabin somewhat.
We also found the sales module to be a little misleading in this regard. The 3D rendered images on the site don’t really highlight how exposed this beam is. As you can see from our pictures below, it does impose on the room somewhat and this might put off the taller would-be cabin owners around.
Another minor quibble we had with The Procas was the fact that TigerSheds have omitted to include a front panel on the roof. You can see this in the picture below. It’s not major but the exposed staples do detract from the cabin’s visual appeal. All it would take is a simple additional strip of wood to tidy the front of the cabin up substantially and, honestly, we were surprised that such a quality manufacturer failed to put this right themselves.
As standard, The Procas’s roof comes finished with heavy duty green mineral felt. This is a perfectly adequate entry level offering. However, those wanting to add a splash of extra colour (or to add a little extra durability to the roof) can do so by upgrading to shingles. These are available in brown, green, red, and black.
Another upgrade that can be included and one that we think is more relevant on The Procas than with other TigerSheds cabins given its sizeable porch area is guttering. Either 10’ or 14’ guttering can be included at a cost. This comes pre-drilled meaning installation is as easy as possible – even if you’re not that handy!
Floor and Bearers
The floor in The Procas is another one of its major selling points. In Leeds we were impressed by just how little give it had in it. We even jumped up and down a few times – it just didn’t budge!
It’s hardly surprising that The Procas’s floor is so sturdy when you consider how it has been constructed. Supported by factory-fitted, heavy-duty floor joists (these come pressure-treated and fully weatherproof), the boards comprising the floor are all 19mm tongue and groove. We feel that such choices once again increase the overall longevity of the product and are more signs that TigerSheds simply won’t comprise on quality.
Although it certainly is an incredibly well-made floor in its 19mm version, if you’re planning on using The Procas as a workshop, you might consider upgrading the its thickness. Unlike some manufacturers, TigerSheds cabins provide a great entry-level specification so it really is only necessary to upgrade if you are planning on giving the floor hell!
To further customise the look of The Procas and to extend its functionality, external decking can also be added. This is available in 8’ and 12’ sizes. Likewise can a range of attractive planters and flowerbeds.
Windows and Doors
One of the standout features of The Procas range is its colossal windows and doors. Being full-length, they let in far more light than those fitted on other cabins by TigerSheds and others. There are two spacious windows out front and one at the side of the cabin. We were pleased to learn that all of them open. Access to the cabin is provided by spacious double doors too.
A slight drawback with the overall service from TigerSheds is that the sales module appears to only offer windows and doors on The Procas in a single style. However, we know from speaking to a sales representative that they are in fact offered in all the same styles as those found on The Shere and The Delta. A choice of Euro, Georgian, PVC, or fully boarded is available for varying costs.
One area that really impressed us with TigerSheds’s service was the quality of the windows and doors offered with The Procas range. The frames’ architrave detailing is a tell-tale sign that they have been lovingly crafted by experienced joiners, as is their overall snug fit. Again, such attention to detail is not universal across all manufacturers.
Each of the large double doors on The Procas cabin is hung with three hinges when two would get the job done for cheaper – a small touch, perhaps, but one that once again signals TigerSheds’s commitment to quality to customers and ourselves alike. We also liked that these hinges are recessed into the framework. Although more labour intensive, this makes the cabin much more secure than if they were exposed. A would-be intruder would surely struggle to obtain entry, even by taking a crowbar to the doors of The Procas.
Another security feature worth noting is the inclusion of a mortice lock and double bolt locks (top and bottom) for the doors as standard. We’ve sometimes seen other manufacturers include inferior locks with their cabins that offer nowhere near the same peace-of-mind as a full mortice lock. However, those wishing to can upgrade the lock to a five-lever lock can do so at a cost. There are also various alarm systems offered for The Procas too.
Delivery and Installation
TigerSheds includes professional delivery as part of the listed price of The Procas. Unlike some competitors, the manufacturer uses a crane and truck to deliver the components of the build. This substantially reduces the likelihood of pieces being damaged in transit. What’s more, TigerSheds actually owns the vehicles used to deliver meaning that if something does go wrong, the blame is with TigerSheds and no third-party companies.
Professional installation can also be added at a cost. This, again, is by no means necessary though. TigerSheds’s products have been designed to be as easy as possible to erect. However, the elderly or infirm may want to add installation. Although expensive, there is something to be said about the piece of mind a professional installation job ensures. This might make the option attractive to a wider range of potential customers.
The Procas range of log cabins is certainly a high-quality collection. As you can see from this thorough review, the buildings have been lovingly constructed and designed to withstand the elements for many years. The construction methods, materials, and attention to detail displayed throughout the product is testament to TigerSheds’s commitment to quality and overall experience.
Although certainly a beautiful looking and expertly crafted cabin, there are some features that let it down a little. We really found the lack of front panel to be a sloppy omission and the exposed beam inside, whilst structurally necessary, did impact on both the look and utility of the space.
Quibbles aside, The Procas really is a great garden building. Given its, expansive porch area, its beautiful oversized windows, and decking customisation options, we really feel that this model would make the ideal summer house for lounging around in on those lovely, long evenings!
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is high quality all the way through.
LONGEVITY OF MATERIALS9/10
As long as you treat the cabin on an annual basis and do not abuse it then we feel that you could actually get a life time of use from this building.
Without forcing you to make bad compromises but giving you just the right amount of options to customise.
EASE OF INSTALLATION6/10
This is a two person job, but as long as you can both tell the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver, you will be fine.
VALUE FOR MONEY8.5/10
This is one of the best value log cabins we have seen.
Final Thoughts: Final Thoughts: We love the smooth design and are sure you will too when it is standing with pride in your garden. The quality of materials they have used all the way through the building along with the frame makes for one very solid and long lasting log cabin. If you want a log cabin that looks good and is very strong, then you will struggle to beat this one.
Prices around: £3129 to £4499
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