Why maintenance matters
There are many good reasons for undertaking regular building maintenance.
It can help you to:
- Retain your building’s maximum value, particularly when original architectural features are still present.
- Save money through repair, rather than replacement, of features, such as windows.
- Prevent more serious problems, such as dry rot, and avoid the cost and disruption of major repairs.
- Maintain the appearance of your building and contribute to a sense of pride in your community.
- Promote sustainability by protecting your building for future generations to use and enjoy.
- Plan and budget for more expensive maintenance works, such as external redecoration
What is maintenance?
Maintenance simply involves regular inspections to check on the condition of your building and its surroundings, and timely repairs if faults are found. You do not need to be an expert to carry out inspections or undertake simple repairs. If more serious problems exist or if a building is large or particularly complex, you may wish to consult a qualified surveyor or architect. Simple maintenance will not normally require consent if your building is listed, but, if more extensive repairs are necessary, you should check first with the conservation officer of your local planning authority.
Whether you have been carrying out regular maintenance for years or you are just getting started, Cadw’s Maintenance Matters! website can help you. Expert advice is coupled with photographs and drawings to provide an online guide to maintaining your historic building — what to look for, when and how to keep it in the best possible condition.
But the best feature of the website is being able to create a customised maintenance plan for your building, which you can use in your regular inspections. And, if you register on the website, you will be able to store your plan online, update it and create an ongoing maintenance record.
This will not only help you to monitor the condition of your building over time, but it can also become a key component of a logbook that will help to chronicle the history of your building.
There is much more to discover on the MaintenanceMatters! website, so log on now to start exploring