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Beam Renovation in Period Properties

If your property has exposed beams or structural timbers, the likelihood is these have been there for as long as the property has existed and, being wood, actually existed for many years before that too – so they have had quite a life! Being exposed, they will have been subjected to dirt and dust, knocks and bumps and potentially numerous layers of decorative treatments as looks and styles have changed over the decades/centuries.

These marks and layers hold the key to the history of the property which is incredibly important in helping to date period properties and tell their story. So, whilst you may feel that the beams in your property need a little TLC, any renovation needs to be carried out carefully and sensitively in order to preserve that history. Carried out correctly, beam renovation can enhance the features and repair damage without risking the heritage and history locked into the beam itself.

Mess Free Beam Renovation

For decades, the only solution to dark, black, painted and fire or smoke damaged timbers was chemical stripping or shot/sand blasting. These processes are messy, destructive and can affect the integrity of the beams. They also remove archaeological evidence of the building’s construction and development. It is for this reason that we invented our process in 1997.

Rather than stripping back layers which create the rich history of the building’s construction and development, we apply an additional cosmetic layer that helps to highlight the original features of the timber, whilst also lightening the look and feel.

Our solution enhances what is already present and allows you to balance aesthetics with conservation. We simply create another step in the long timeline already associated with your property.

There are many benefits to our beam renovation process:

Benefits of our process

No Need to Clear the Room – Simply protect valuables and furniture as if you were decorating.

Fast – The process is fast. We recommend ventilating the area in question for 24 hours post application, but only to aid the drying process. Rooms can typically be used again on the same day.

Mess-Free – With our process there is no need for messy and disruptive sandblasting or any other blasting method, mechanical or chemical stripping. It is the only mess-free alternative to blasting and stripping. The process is applied with brushes only.

Highlights Original Features – Where black paint hides features, our process accentuates and Highlights original timber features.

Can be Removed – When creating our treatment, we also made sure that it can be easily removed if necessary, again without the need for blasting or stripping.

Preserves Historical Integrity – Our process is a cosmetic treatment applied to the timber, without the removal of any historic paint or timber layers.

Non-hazardous – We do not use corrosive chemicals in our process. All applications are water-based and virtually odourless

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Please take a look at our case studies to learn more about the process or you can download our guide here:

Back From Black – A Guide to Our Process

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