Listed buildings are among the oldest and most beautiful in the country, but if you are lucky enough to own one, you will also know they come with a lot of restrictions, particularly when it comes to alterations.
At the same time, their age means they need a lot of maintenance, as they are likely to deteriorate quickly if they are not looked after properly. Over the years, wear, tear, neglect and weather conditions can have a big impact on the exterior, and if they are not repaired at the earliest opportunity, this could cause permanent damage.
Although there is no legal duty to upkeep a listed building, the Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas Act 1990 stipulates that councils can take action when preservation of the building is at risk.
If the work is going to alter the architectural significance of the home, you will need Listed Building Consent from the local planning authority. They will need to be informed of the nature of the work to ascertain whether it is intended to preserve the building.
As it is illegal to go ahead with unauthorised work, it is always a good idea to apply for Listed Building Consent if you are uncertain whether you need it.
When it comes to repairing roofs, look for professionals that are skilled in historic buildings. It is important to repair and maintain roofs of listed houses as these will “keep your home in good order”, according to the Listed Property Owners’ Club.
“When repairs become necessary, the key to success is often sourcing the best tiles or slates to accurately match the size colour and texture of the original roofing material,” it recommended.
Homeowners who want to maintain their listed property should call our heritage restoration builders to find out more information and what the process would be.