Maintenance of traditional buildings

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Overview | Maintenance plan | Types of maintenance | Inspection tips |Maintenance and saving energy

Maintenance plan

Types of maintenance

Planning maintenance in advance can:

  • help you to manage finances and resources to better effect
  • prevent decay, avoiding the need for more costly remedies in future
  • maintain the character and value of your property

Reactive maintenance also has its place.

Planned maintenance

Property owners should plan certain inspection and repair cycles – generally those related to common and recurring maintenance tasks. This lets you plan maintenance in advance, rather than wait for problems to occur.

Planned maintenance includes tasks like:

  • clearing out gutters
  • painting timber and metal parts of the building

You may be able to establish a programme of maintenance works with local tradespeople and professionals. Think about the likely cost of work and your priorities before deciding on the frequency and timing of planned visits by certain trades.

Reactive maintenance

The reality is that many maintenance tasks are only addressed reactively. This is when a defect in a particular place causes you to look for maintenance issues in the same area.

For example, when repairing roof slates it makes sense to inspect the chimney masonry and the security of the chimney cans as well as other roofing elements.