Timber remains the most used construction material in the world. In the UK a lot of timber within buildings show some signs of decay; but is this really a problem, and if so what’s the best approach to putting this problem right?
Ben Hickman is an experienced timber surveyor and is a Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment (a qualification issued by the Property Care Association only after written and verbal examination). He has a wealth of experience in dealing with all kinds of fungal decay and wood boring beetle infestation from both the perspective of providing timber condition reports and in specifying remedial treatment.
We carry out timber surveys in a number of different situations. Often we complete timber surveys in residential properties during the purchase process. These reports focus on the presence of wood boring beetle infestation (such as common furniture beetle) and fungal decay.
Other common scenarios include timber frame buildings showing some signs of decay. Many such buildings are Listed and require a comprehensive report by an independent professional in order to assist in discussions with local conservation officers.
Case studies include:
- Damp and Timber Specialist report during the purchase process
- Timber frame listed buildings to advise on what repairs are required and where
- A school roof to ensure that there are no surprises when a contractor completes a re-roof during summer holidays
- A Grade II* Listed hangar to advise on what timber requires replacement and identify the species of replacement timber
- Extensive dry rot (serpula lacrymans) within a Grade II Listed building in Bedford town centre