Everything You Should Know About Historic Repairs

The Prevention and the cure

The UK is littered with some picturesque properties. From the Royal Pavilion to Edwardian cottages hidden in the south westerly valleys, they all contribute to some spectacular landscapes.

This is why it is even more important to care for these properties in the best way possible and to complete repairs on time with the best materials and techniques. The process of repairing a historical building can take a different shape to repairing everyday constructions. Here, we will offer a snapshot of the differences and important things to consider when repairing or restoring them.

Legal Considerations

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of repairing a historical building, it is worth mentioning some legal responsibilities. If you are fortunate enough to own a listed building then you will need to seek planning permission to carry out any construction or repairs on the property. This will include the work you plan to do and the materials you will use.

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Historical Repair Objectives

The repairing of historical buildings goes beyond the objectives of repairing a regular build. The aim is to maintain the original aesthetics and materials of the building as well as fixing any issues. This means repairs are restricted to certain materials and techniques which depend on the specific building. It also means knowledge of what can and cannot be done is vital.

There are a number of specifics that will need to be kept in mind when repairing a historical building.

The first has already been touched upon and concerns the materials used. Only materials that have already been used in the building and in keep with the building’s aesthetics may be used. In the event that these materials are no longer available, the alternative material will need to meet some criteria. It will have to be similar in compatibility to the building by having the same appearance and be used using the same techniques as the previous material. Overall, the major consideration during repairs of this kind is that the building’s life expectancy is maximised without compromising on its unique aesthetical beauty.

Any repair should also be capable of being undone or reworked if needed. This is so there is no lasting damage to poor work. It is also so any future repairs in the same area can be carried out with ease and not risk lasting damage to the building. Another important differentiation is that all repairs to historical buildings must be recorded and made public for future reference.

Who to Turn To?

When in need of repairs to historical buildings, you will need a team of builders who have expertise and knowledge in this niche area. Without getting the right people on the job, you may not only risk shoddy work but you could even break the law and irreversibly compromise your building’s aesthetic. Let’s face it, when you have something that beautiful and precious, you will only want the best people on the job. We are experienced and skilled with working on many different types of historical buildings and can bring valuable knowledge to the table. Come and speak to us today to find out more!

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