Out of control trees and shrubs, cracked drains, leaking rainwater goods, missing roof tiles; these are just some of the things that may lead to structural problems in older buildings if not addressed. Although a degree of movement is inevitable, cracks should not be ignored and neither should the maintenance issues that cause them. Even so, it is worth remembering that traditional buildings were built using lime and other materials, which allow for some shifting of the structure.
Understanding the way timber has been used and its structural importance its vital when assessing its condition, carrying out repairs or making alterations. For these reasons it is advisable to employ a surveyor or structural engineer with experience of buildings of the same type and age when problems are suspected or major work is to be done.
Where it is necessary to cut out timber and make repairs, with our understanding of old buildings we will be able to scarf in new sections using traditional jointing methods.