These heritage maintenance information sheets detail how to maintain and conserve heritage items including stone, metal, timber, plaster, limewash, gardens and grounds.
Cleaning masonry walls
Information on maintenance of building exteriors made of face brick, stone or unpainted render.
Information on corrugated iron and steel, widely used for roof sheeting.
Documenting maintenance and repair
What to document when maintaining buildings and how.
Heritage gardens and grounds
Maintenance of heritage gardens and grounds.
Joint repairs in old stone buildings
How to repair defective mortar joints.
Things to consider when undertaking work to a heritage building that features limewash.
Care and conservation of metals, including cast iron, steel-framed windows and roof plumbing.
Researching and uncovering authentic paint schemes and how to conserve them.
Patching old floorboards
Suggestions for how floorboards maybe patched or repaired. Published with permission of the The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).
How traditional plasters were made and used, and how to maintain them in traditional masonry buildings.
Preparing a maintenance plan
How to plan for regular maintenance and prevent expensive emergency repairs.
Removing paint from old buildings
Considerations for when its best to leave paint undisturbed and appropriate methods of removal.
Repair of tongue and groove floorboards
Techniques for repairing tongue and groove floorboards that retain original boards.
Control and treatment of rising damp, a major cause of decay in heritage buildings.
Slating, tiling and roof plumbing
How to keep the roof watertight.
Information on scaffolding and other access methods.
The need for old buildings to breathe
Information about how old buildings must be allowed to ‘breathe’ to avoid dampness and decay. Published with permission of SPAB.
Techniques for repairing timber in heritage buildings.
Wood as a building material and how to prevent deterioration from fire, fungal rot, borers and termites.
Other information for the conservation and repair of heritage items
Cracking of buildings due to shrink/swell in clay soils
Causes and treatment for heritage buildings which are suffering cracking due to shrink and swell in clay soils.
Drought-related cracking to buildings
Causes of cracks and how to address drought-related cracking in buildings.
Lime mortars: repair of masonry and repointing
Heritage Victoria has published two useful guides: Lime mortars for the repair of masonry and Repointing with lime mortars.
Mortars: materials, mixes and methods
Repointing mortar joints in older buildings.
Salt attack and rising damp: A guide to salt damp in historic and older buildings
Preventing, identifying and treating salt damp in older buildings.
Suspended awnings in commercial areas
A study about conserving suspended awnings (and verandas) in the commercial areas of Mudgee and Gulgong, NSW. It contains structural assessment of risk that will be of interest to local engineers. This report provides information but should not be used for assessments outside the Mudgee Shire without the author’s permission.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
SPAB has a comprehensive knowledge base with information for owners of old buildings. The information covers alterations and extensions, common problems, energy efficiency, maintenance, and materials and components. The Society also has a series of practical technical advice notes on caring for and repairing historic fabric in buildings.
Treating biological growths on historic masonry
Approaches to cleaning biological growths (such as algae, bacteria, fungi, moulds and lichens) from stone and render.