How to Maintain Historic Buildings

Historic building advice

Events showing people how to maintain historic buildings, like the Old Abbey, will run across the UK for six months.

Owners and occupiers of historic buildings are invited to attend free heritage events that will teach people how to maintain their buildings and effectively save money.

One top tip is to keep properties and estates clear of rubble, rubbish and waste. Specialist waste removal services from Any Waste in Manchester include domestic rubbish clearance from large and small sites. For those based in the South in London, we recommend Diamond Waste.

Listed Building Roof Repairs

Historic buildings are sometimes listed to protect their historical background. If your listed building needs repairs, you must contact a specialist rather than any old company.
A listed building requires special handling and should only be repaired by an experienced team. For more information on listed building repairs, contact us.

What alternative roofing materials can you use?

A reliable roof is incredibly important for older properties, as it maintains the structural integrity of the building.

A roof can help protect the building from extreme weather conditions, keep it insulated correctly and improve its durability.

  • EPDM Flat Roofs: This type of roof has become incredibly popular for UK homeowners. It’s created by synthetic rubber that, if installed correctly, can last up to 50 years. It’s inexpensive to buy and install, and it’s lightweight, too, creating minimal strain on the structure of older buildings. Read more here.
  • Roof Tiles: Roof tiles are slightly expensive and require more maintenance each year. However, they remain popular because they tend to look more appealing and come in a range of colours and designs. Find out more.
  • Asphalt shingles: This is another popular roofing material that can be designed to resemble tiles, wood, or slate. You can find out more here.

Depending on the structure of the building, we always recommend contacting roofing manufacturers to find the best possible option for your property.

Local Events

The events have been set up under the Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative grant scheme and will be jointly funded by Manchester City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Architects, surveyors and contractors, along with residents and owners of historic buildings, are being encouraged to attend the events, which explain the benefits of carrying out appropriate repair and restoration works to historic buildings, as seen here.

A Manchester City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and regeneration said:
“These events will give people an excellent insight into how to restore and maintain historic properties.

“It is important that as a city, we ensure that history is kept alive and maintained for future generations to enjoy.”

The events, which are scheduled to run from June through October 2018, will be held in various buildings in major UK cities.

The next event, which will be held on 6 June at Manchester One Stop Centre, will focus on the need for old buildings to breathe.

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