The restoration of historic buildings is important at all times, but with the cold, dark winter months fast approaching, it is time to think about ensuring your buildings are ready to face the onslaught of winter. From harsh, cold snaps to high winds, rain, sleet and maybe even snow, the elements can cause irreparable damage to buildings and structures if they aren’t properly equipped to deal with the weather.
Of course, here in the UK, our winters aren’t as severe as many other countries, but the plummeting temperatures and bad weather can still cause mayhem amongst our infrastructure and architecture alike.
High winds and strong gusts can cause issues if parts of the structure have weakened over time and are no longer properly safe and secure. It’s not just taller buildings that suffer the brunt of the windy weather, though, as sudden gusts can strike anywhere. In particular, ornamental stonework and decorative features have a tendency to become loose over time, so it may be worth getting things checked out before winter arrives.
Persistent, heavy rain is never fun, much less so when it means your building runs the risk of encountering further issues as a result of the weather. Improper drainage systems, especially in older buildings, can lead to problems like recurring damp and possibly even flooding, so it is vital to make sure that you are fully prepared for the wintery weather to come.
Granted, the majority of the UK rarely sees a significant amount of snow, but the British weather is unpredictable at best, meaning it is always better to be prepared just in case. If snow does lay on the ground, flat, delicate roofs can be at risk of structural damage or even collapse due to the weight of the snow. If the structure allows, reinforcing the roof can be a sensible idea.
There are many ways in which a building can suffer damage as a result of the wintery weather, yet much of the damage incurred during the season comes as a result of existing issues worsening or becoming exacerbated by the effects of the elements. For that reason, if you think there may be a problem, it is vital to get it checked out early so any remedial works can be undertaken before the worst of the weather really hits.
The restoration of historic buildings is an essential way to protect our country’s past from falling victim to the bad weather, helping to preserve our history for many more winters to come.
If you would like more information about concrete repairs or historic building restoration, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today on 01733 560362.