Timber Frame Repair
While timber framed buildings are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, they do require a lot of maintenance to ensure that they do not become vulnerable to serious damage which could weaken the structural integrity of the building. Timber framed properties are ordinarily many years old (possibly even centuries) meaning that the timbers will have been exposed to mother nature and the elements through the years.
The timber frames may have become damaged over time, which is one of the main reasons why timber frame repairs would need to be carried out.
What Are the Problems Associated With Timber Framed Buildings?
Timber framed buildings are particularly vulnerable to both wood rot and woodworm beetles. Structural defects are common for timber framed properties meaning that they are also vulnerable to damp problems. All damp and timber related problems are often linked with each other e.g. if your property has cracks in the walls then it is more than likely you are going to have a damp issue as well.
Penetrating damp is a common problem for timber framed buildings due to the issues from poor maintenance or design limitations during construction. Even the smallest cracks in the timber frames can allow rainwater penetration.
If the timber is affected by high amounts of moisture, then this is when your property becomes vulnerable to dry rot or wet rot. For dry rot to become a problem the moisture content only needs to be above 20%. When this happens, the timber frames are at risk of serious structural damage and the timbers are at risk of collapsing.
Timber will allow moisture to pass through it easily which is in contrast to most modern building materials. Cement render will not allow the timber to breathe and are much less impermeable for water to pass through.
How Are Timber Frame Repairs Carried Out?
Identifying The Source of the Problem
The first part of the timber frame repair process is identifying what the source of the problem is. As we have already explained, there are a number of reasons why the timbers are vulnerable to structural damage. Before timber repair or replacement can be carried out, the moisture problem or external structural defect must be identified and treated or fixed.
The designs of timber frame properties have evolved over the years but also, they may have been added to in some way. This can sometimes mean that any extra weight on the frame is not supported adequately leading to potential structural issues.
These assessments can be made by yourself, however, we always recommend you have a qualified specialist to carry out a survey at the property.
A qualified surveyor will be able to identify exactly what is causing the problems with your timber frame. They can then recommend what damp or timber treatments will be needed to rectify the problem.
How To Repair and Replace the Timber Frames?
If there is only a small section of rotten wood, then these can be easily removed and replaced. However, when there is serious timber decay present then the technician will firstly need to remove any timber that is beyond repair. New sections of timber will need to be spliced in with the existing timber with the use of epoxy resins.
We have a team of qualified surveyors and technicians at Timberwise, who are not only able to carry out the timber frame repairs to a high standard but also make sure the property is left in excellent condition.
If you would like one of our specialists to provide an inspection at your property or have any questions about carrying out timber frame repair works then contact our team today. You can get in touch by simply calling us on 0800 019 9949 or via filling in the request a survey form.