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A Guide to General Building Maintenance


Every structure requires regular maintenance, as the harsh UK climate takes its toll on houses, factories and offices, and if your home hasn’t been inspected for a while, perhaps now is the ideal time to call on the affordable builders in Plymouth and ask them to inspect the exterior of your home.

Essential Roof Maintenance

The roof is the most important component of any structure, and regular inspections are advised, as a few missing roof tiles could see the outset of internal damage. One cannot really carry out a roof inspection from the ground level, as you can’t see every section of the roof, which is why you should ask your local building services to inspect the roof.

Preserving Timber

All timber items should be treated with a preservative or be given a couple of coats of paint every year, and this would include the following:

  • Door & Window Frames
  • Fascia and Soffit Boards
  • Fencing and Gating

Basically, any timber that is exposed to the elements should be protected, and many UK homeowners replace timber items with a composite material, such as UPVC, which requires no maintenance.

Repointing Brickwork

The harsh British climate can erode away the mortar joints between the brickwork course, and this very often requires repointing. You may have seen exterior coating applied to the sides of buildings, and these do provide the best protection for brick and stone surfaces. Such a coating would have a high degree of elasticity, allowing the surface to expand and contract, and with no cracks or splits, the coating protects the exterior walls very effectively. It also comes in a range of attractive colours.