Listed buildings are simply those of historical or architectural importance that need to be preserved, this usually refers to those built between 1700 and 1500. To ensure that the original features of the building are protected they are covered by the law, this makes it an offence to carry out work that requires consent however that is usually only the case if it involves demolition or an extension that will affect the character of the building.
With this in mind, any work that’s needed should only be completed by a specialist in listed buildings. To find out why carry on reading for all you need to know.
Experience and knowledge
The most important reason for hiring a specialist is the experience and knowledge that they will have over a regular tradesman. Period properties may incur complex problems that inexperienced builders will have difficulty solving, and poorly executed repairs may result in additional problems or accelerate current issue. Furthermore, many repairs involve working from a height which requires a lot of skill when balancing tricky manoeuvres up high. Precautions need to be put in place to make the area safe, for those executing the work, those working below and passersby.
Listed buildings often require specialist materials to repair damage, these will usually be the original or a parent material where available. Only those materials that have been demonstrated as appropriate should be considered, however, builders with little experience working on such buildings may not be aware of the types of materials needed and will substitute them for modern alternatives which either ruin the look of the building or cannot work with the existing materials.
The whole point of a repair is to maximise the life expectancy of a building. To carry out an effective repair, those completing the work must understand the structure of the building and identify how the issue started to prevent it from recurring. Original features are what make a listed building special, so any work that is completed incorrectly will jeopardise the status of the property.
If you’re looking for a professional service specialising in listed buildings then A.D Booth & Sons is who you need. Working across Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire, our expert team has the experience and knowledge to repair a range of roofs, tiles and spires. For more information about what we can do for you, get in touch today.