The cultural heritage buildings are part of our origins. A witness to our cultural identity that, like all values, is necessary to preserve, conserve and bequeath to future generations.
The conversion and rehabilitation of these type of buildings is a matter of growing concern.
Factors such as the poor state of conservation in which they are, associated with the need to revitalize urban centres, makes it urgent to define intervention schemes that allow preserving an essential part of this cultural heritage.
The restoration of historical heritage presents difficulties often associated with the specificity of this type of buildings, which usually exhibit very particular characteristics.
The structure of a roof is an architectural element which must be valued and profoundly known at the time of developing the restoration of a heritage building to maintain its integrity for a prolonged temporal extension.
In old heritage buildings, there is often a need for profound interventions at existing roofs.
Coverage have always been one of the most essential elements of a building constituting an authentic shield, defending the interior of the direct action of the solar rays and the water of the rain.
Thus, due to the state of disrepair that most present, it must be given great importance to interventions regarding the coverage of these heritage buildings.
There are different levels of intervention techniques, but restoration should be privileged whenever possible because it is the least intrusive of them all.
This usually involves the partial replacement of pieces of wood that no longer meet the requirements, the incorporation of insulation materials and the replacement or treatment of coatings.
In all actions of the roof restoration, a set of steps must be present that allows reducing the degree of alteration of the materials and constructive elements used.
This type of intervention seeks to preserve cultural testimony by extending its constructive and functional viability as much as possible.
One critical thing that should always be taken into account is that the use of inadequate restoration techniques can destroy, compromise or de-characterize the physical record of a building, especially if it’s one of historical importance.
It is necessary for the restoration team to know and master the specificities associated with intervention projects in old buildings, to ensure compliance with the guiding principles of these interventions: authenticity, minimum intervention, reversibility, and durability.
We C&S roofing have a team specialized in roofing repair and restoration techniques in historic buildings, focusing on structural integrity and seeking to preserve structures in detail.