Trace provide a turn-key solution to issues of decay and infestation within structural timbers of all kinds, we survey and assess the extent of damage, we design appropriate repairs in line with Client requirements, and then we complete the repairs. We can attend to all forms of timber repairs in residential, historic and modern CLT & glulam structures.
It is important to get a competent surveyor when dealing with timber. Timber surveys are often confined to accessible structures initially, so it can be vitally important to establish if demolition or exposure work is required to assess the condition of timber if any surety is required prior to works.
A sound knowledge of wood decaying fungi and insect attack is vital as The existence of damage caused by wood boring insects does not always indicate a need for remedial treatment; correct identification is essential before any consideration can be given to whether treatment is needed.
At trace we can complete Surveyors visual inspection or often include labour for exposure works and auger testing to bearing ends that allows assessment to the inner heartwood of larger members to establish the extent of decay.
This can allow surety on the extent of works and type of repair required.
Trace offer services that independent consultants provide,but we go beyond their remit in specifying specific Repairs, schedules of workand costs (Consultants limited to condition Reports with generic or no adviceon Repairs).
- exposure and testing
- preparation of detailed drawings & schedules
- obtaining structural calculations
- visual strength grading (in-house)
- specification of exact and appropriate repairs (see example drawing opposite produced by Trace).
Award Winning Repairs
Trace were awarded PCA Project of the Year for a scheme involving the restoration of a timber framed wattle & daub structure. The building gained listed status part way through the project, and Trace managed the work - a mixture of traditional and modern timber repairs, through to completion.
MRICS - TRADA
Trace's principal timber Surveyor is a Chartered Building Surveyor and member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, in addition to a TRADA (timber research and development association) qualified timber strength grader.
Trace have completed repairs on timbers subject to dendrochronological (tree ring) analysis, identifying the timbers as being felled in AD1476.
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