The term ‘Historic Building’ applies to anything that was built prior to 1945. This is because building materials and techniques changed around that time to the use of modern Portland Cement and Gypsum Plaster, prior to this Lime based mortars and Lime based plasters were used. This is a very important consideration when carrying out repairs or renovations to Historic Buildings as the use of modern materials can have a serious detrimental affect on old buildings.
Our Historic Building Surveys are carried out by surveyors with many years experiences of older properties and they cover everything that it is possible to inspect, from the chimneys down to the drains, inside and out. They also include the grounds, the services, possible damp problems and potential health and safety risks.
The reports are written in plain English (not jargon) and include several photographs in each section to show exactly what the defects are. Additional information sheets are included at the back of the report which are tailored to the requirements of each individual property and cover such topics as Solid stone or solid brick wall construction, Ventilation in Old Properties, Damp Proofing of Basements, Guttering etc etc.
Close up aerial photographs are taken of the chimneys, roofs, gutters and any other inaccessible areas using a pole camera to ensure the survey is as thorough as possible. Examples of the aerial photographs can be seen using the links provided below