Assess your property
Owning a period property can often be tricky to navigate in terms of building restorationand cleaning. This is why it’s important to assess your property’s needs before deciding whether a repair job or cleaning service is the better approach.
In general, it is often more cost-effective to repair a period property rather than to clean it, especially if the cleaning would not address any underlying problems. However, if the issue can be resolved through cleaning and the property is in good overall condition, then this may be the better option.
It is always a good idea to consult with a professional, such as a building restoration specialist or a conservation expert, to assess the condition of the property and determine the best course of action.
Cleaning vs repairing: what’s the difference?
One of the most common questions owners face is whether they should clean or repair their property. The answer lies in understanding the difference between cleaning and repairing.
Cleaning simply removes dirt, dust, stains, and other debris from surfaces; it doesn’t address any underlying issues with the structure itself. However, sandblasting and nebulous spray cleaners can make a significant difference in the appearance of stone facades.
Repairs involve addressing those underlying issues — such as replacing worn-out pipes or fixing broken windows — in order to restore functionality and protect against further damage.
Making the right choice for your property
When deciding whether you should clean or repair your property, there are a couple of key factors you should consider.
First, think about the purpose of the area in question. Is it an area where people regularly work or spend time in? If so, repairs may be necessary from a safety perspective. Of course, if safety is a concern in lesser-used areas, too, you may still require repairs.
Finally, consider your budget. If you can afford more extensive repairs, then this is the more sensible option. Especially as repair work can often become more severe if existing issues are left unaddressed. Conducting repair work sooner rather than later can reduce additional damage.
Will a repair last longer?
Repairing items in your home or business can involve anything from small fixes, like patching up a hole in the wall or replacing light switches, to larger projects, such as replacing doors or windows.
Keeping up with repairs helps maintain the structural integrity of your building while helping prevent any future damage from happening due to neglecting existing issues.
Sometimes the cost of regular maintenance and cleaning can add up over time — especially if something needs constant attention and upkeep. Whereas repairs can last much longer and end up being more economical in the long run.
Cleaning and repairing with BRC Leeds
If you are unsure whether to clean or repair a particular aspect of your period property, it may be helpful to consult with a professional who has expertise in the restoration and maintenance of historic properties. They can assess the condition of your property and provide recommendations on the best course of action.
At BRC Leeds, our team of experienced professionals can give your period property the expertise and attention to detail it needs. Established in 1971, we have over 50 years of experience in running a building restorationbusiness, and the majority of our contractors have been employed with us for 35 years.