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How long does a roof last ??

Case Study – Clay Tiles The background Clay tiles have been used for roofing in Bristol for centuries, up to the 1950s. Most are pre WW11, so are at least 70 years old. The text books tend to suggest a lifespan of around 40-60 yearsfor clay tiles, before they become damaged or porous.  And the […]

Longhorn Beetle

BEWARE the LONGHORN BEETLE… Being based in Bristol, the longhorn beetle or Hylotrupesbajulus isn’t something we automatically look for.  It is rarely found outside Surrey and the surrounding areas, with some localised outbreaks in London.We have worked in these areas in the past for specific repeat clients – again this emphasises the importance of a […]

Rats and Mice

Rats and Mice There’s an urban myth that you are never more than 6ft (2 metres) away from a rat, but where does this come from? According to the BBC News Magazine, it may derive from the former Ministry of Agriculture. They circulated many public health announcements to promote hygiene in homes. An expert has […]

Airbricks through the Ages

Airbricks through the Ages Older properties with suspended timber floors are prone to dampness in the space beneath, in the sub floor void. This may be caused by condensation or by rising damp or by penetrating damp. It is likely to cause rot, decay and timber beetle infestation (woodworm  or worse). Airbricks are essential to […]

The Beast from the East is Snow Joke

The Beast from the East is Snow Joke When we are explaining the findings of our Building Surveys, our clients often ask why sarking felt is so important. It’s only a softish layer fastened under the tiles or slates ! Why is its detailing (finish) so vital to the weather tightness of the building? It […]

Re-building costs

What about Re-building costs? Sometimes people ask whether re-building costs form part of our survey. Some surveying companies will do this for you and will charge a couple of hundred pounds for the privilege. We don’t because it isn’t really necessary; it adds little value and the professional indemnity insurance cover required would increase our […]

Reviews and Domestic Surveys

Reviews We can tell you about what we do – but only our Clients can tell you how well we do it ! Our surveying practice has been operating round the Bristol area for over ten years so we do have a substantial track record.  We have been appearing in reviews by our clients on […]

Non Traditional Construction (Part 1)

The Laing Easiform The Laing Easiform   These were constructed by John Laing builders with the first house being built in 1919. They are a fairly common form of construction – they were built by Councils in large estates as they were fairly cheap and quick to build. We have surveyed many Laing Easiforms in […]

Non Traditional Construction (Part 3)

PRCs, Cornish Type 2 The Cornish Type 2 Unlike the Cornish Type 1 PRC houses that are found all over Bristol, the Type 2 does not have the distinctive mansard hipped roof, clad with vertically hung tiles on the upper floor. It has ‘normal’ vertical walls! Type 2 houses can be found in and around […]

Non Traditional Construction (Part 2)

PRCs, Cornish Type 1 What’s a PRC? PRC stands for ‘PreCast Reinforced Concrete’. The drive for more cost-effective ways of building house began before WWll. So a number of ‘system built’ homes were constructed in the Thirties. However, the war caused huge skilled labour shortages along with was a surplus of steel and aluminium production.  […]