Heritage Restoration

January 21, 2016
Danny Bray
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Heritage restoration to bring historic buildings to their former glory

heritage restoration - post office in melthamAt Bray Building Services we believe buildings of ages and eras gone by deserve just as much pride of place in the future as modern buildings do and are pleased to extend our workmanship excellence to restoring historic buildings to their former glory they enjoyed in their golden heydays.  

We understand properties of the past need to be treated with extra special care and respect, so we regularly consult with you to guarantee our work is authentic and precise, tailored specially to your highest expectations.

Our heritage restoration services and craftsmanship include plaster, timber and masonry rejuvenation.

plaster heritage restoration in historic building in huddersfield

Plaster Restoration

Plaster is the material that is responsible for giving a nice smooth finish to walls and ceilings and is hard wearing and tough. Broadly speaking, usually damage to traditionally plastered walls takes the shapes of  missing chunks, damaged corners or cracks. Plasterboard, which became popular following the Second World War, usually suffers from damage in the form of holes.
Plasterboards are sometimes skimmed with a few layers of plaster to achieve a consistent overall finish. Skimmed plasterboard can also develop hairline cracks, whilst it is not uncommon for plaster to be vulnerable to decay when being stripped of wallpaper.

We have a wealth of experience when it comes to digging out cracks and chunks of plaster, cleaning out any debris and filling in a wall for a smooth, satisfying finish and do a prompt and reliable job at refreshing the look of old plaster.

timber heritage restoration in historic building in meltham, huddersfield

Timber Restoration

Timber has been employed constructional purposes throughout history thanks for it’s durability and versatility. In the twenty first century it is more popular than ever in buildings, however it is still vulnerable to the same opportunities of decay as it has always been. These causes of decline include wet and dry rot caused by dampness and moisture penetrating the timber, fungal mould, fire damage and wood boring insects, known as woodworm that use the wood as a food source. All of these different sources of damage can severely impact the structural strength, stability and integrity of a building as well as being health hazards, with damp being linked to asthma and other respiratory problems

We utilise innovative techniques to remedy timber where damage is not too severe or replace timber that is too infested or infected with damp, rot or woodworm. Drawing on a bank of valuable experience, we also identify the source of water ingress causing the damp, eliminate any moisture and then proceed to restore the effected timber. Where fungal growth is concerned we use a variety of effective fungicides, chemical treatments and sprays where appropriate, that also kills word worms and prevent them from spreading.

Masonry Restoration

Masonry is essentially stonework and, although durable and armed with incredible strength, can susceptible to damage in the form of cracks, weakening, leaks, soiling or discolouring. Our professional knowledge allows our team to assess the damage done to the masonry in depth and accurately determine the cause of the decay, before identifying the best solution and measures to be taken to prevent the damage from occurring again.


For expert advice from Bray Building Services:

Call us on 01484 911 191, email info@braybuildingservices.co.uk or fill in the form below for a call-back.