September 27, 2020

South Wales Builders

Thorteck Ltd  South Wales Builders are a Traditional & Modern Builder serving South Wales & surrounding areas, we are a traditional & modern builder offering New build & Restoration work, we use traditional & new building methods and materials and we can build, repair or extend any property.

Our projects range in size from the complete restoration of a building to the repair of a single element, such as the chimney, roof or plasterwork.

We would welcome the opportunity to tender for all your future building projects.

Property Conversion Monmouth

Complete Building Service

With our extensive in house experience and considerable expertise in all trades and disciplines we use a practical and informed approach to historic building repair.
From the initial surveys and planning through to the end of the contract we will leave you with a completed project finished to a high standard.

STONE WALLING

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The roof is probably the single most exposed face of any exposed structure.

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Managing Damp in Older Buildings

Managing Damp in Older Buildings

A solid walled structure, built with breathable materials, needs to breathe.

It’s inevitable that you will find dampness somewhere in an old house. Nothing lasts forever, but despite British weather, our old buildings stand the test of time better than any modern house. The worst enemy of old houses is we humans – it’s what we do to them, or fail to understand about them, that causes problems and makes you think you have to ‘Damp Proof’.

Dont Stop Walls breathing

When a wall warms up after a cool night, air contained within its pores expands as it warms and a small proportion moves out of the wall via the connected pores. As the wall cools down the air within contracts and air moves back into the wall from the atmosphere. So masonry walls ‘breathe’ out as they warm up, and in as they cool. Breathing occurs on a daily basis, or more frequently in periods of variable weather; breathing is shallow when there is little temperature variation and deepest when the daily range is greatest. Walls don’t actually breathe in the human sense: they sit there while changes in temperature (and air pressure) do the work. The ‘breathing’ analogy is a convenient way of understanding frequent exchanges of air from masonry to atmosphere and back again. If air drawn into the wall is humid, and the wall cools below dew point then water vapour in the humid air condenses as water droplets in the pores of the masonry, though the wall will still appear ‘dry’. During warmer and drier times, some of this water will evaporate and leaves the wall as it breathes out. Apparently dry walls commonly contain water, the amount varying with changes in the season and climate. If there are salts or other hygroscopic (moisture-attracting) materials in the masonry, the amount of water drawn into (and retained in) the wall can be sufficient to make the wall visibly damp, even in dry weather. This is the same as happens when you leave a pot of salt on the kitchen table – it gets wet.

Anything that prevents a masonry wall from breathing will reduce its life expectancy. Coatings designed to seal the surface of masonry walls (and so ‘protect’ them)  trap moisture behind the coating and cause a damp problem elsewhere, such as on the other side of the wall. If there are appreciable salts in the wall, damage caused by inappropriate use of coatings can be dramatic . Coatings themselves – cement renders, gypsum plasters, plastic emulsion paints – will eventually be forced off the wall.

Most problems of damp in pre-1920’s buildings have been caused since the war, when cement and gypsum plaster became widely available – these two materials are responsible for over 90% of the damage that we see. They are impervious, they trap moisture and cause rot – they are death to an old house. Add silicone sealants to a timber frame, and you have instant rot of oak which is probably 400 years old. I have seen new timber frames start to rot in 2 or 3 years when the owners seal the panels using mastic instead of oakum, which can breathe.

Understanding your build environment

Building restoration is all about understanding the built environment, and how it affects materials which make up your home. By understanding this, it becomes a relatively simple task to sort out problems causing damp, and manage them for the long term.

We are trained in the Build Environment.  We study the materials old houses are built with.  We understand them. We work with clients to restore old buildings back to beautiful, warm and dry places.  There is something very special about the look and feel of a lime plastered wall with clay paint – it is almost luminous in quality – very soft and welcoming.  All the materials used in old homes are nice, friendly and green.  By using them, not only will you feel good, but you will be doing good – they are carbon friendly, and contain no toxic chemicals – lime mortars and plasters are carbon neutral, clay and linseed paints similarly – sheepswool and hemp fibre insulation are natural and nice (they are also just as good as chemical insulation), timber is a renewable resource…

We can always find the cause of damp, whatever form it may take, and I have to say that in our collective experience, we have never had to drill hundreds of holes into the lower courses of brickwork, thereby destroying them. We never inject chemicals which are supposed to stop water from ‘rising’ up the walls, which never did anyway.

Common causes of Damp

  • Insulation
  • Modern paints
  • Cement render
  • Gypsum plaster
  • Ground levels outside higher than inside
  • Broken guttering or missing downpipes
  • Vegetation growing near the wall
  • Trees creating shade and moist air near a wall
  • Lack of ventilation – double glazing, no vents
  • Blocked chimneys – fireplace blocked up, no vents
  • Furniture against walls creating cold, damp areas

SOUTH WALES TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

SOUTH WALES TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

Thorteck Ltd  are South Wales Traditional Builders  we undertake conservation and restoration work on older buildings,we use traditional building methods and materials conserving the buildings historic integrity and we can repair or extend any period property.

Thorteck Ltd also has a general building division which can offer all the services for modern building projects.

Our projects range in size from the complete restoration of a building to the repair of a single element, such as the chimney, roof or plasterwork.

We offer a personal touch with no broken promises and a professional service at competitive rates.

We would welcome the opportunity to tender for all your future building projects.

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Complete Building Services

With our extensive in-house experience and considerable expertise in all trades and disciplines we use a practical and informed approach to historic building repair.
From the initial surveys and planning through to the end of the contract we will leave you with a completed project finished to a high standard.

Lime Plastering & Rendering

Lime renders were traditionally applied to give protection to walls built of poor quality rubble stone or porous brick or to walls in exposed locations facing driving winds. They help by acting like a sponge, absorbing rainfall then allowing it to evaporate rather than soak into the wall. Most cottages and houses built of rubble stone would have been rendered originally and they tend to suffer from penetrating damp if the lime render is removed or replaced with a cement rich render.

 

Limecrete/Screed

Limecrete floors offer a breathable alternative to concrete and they can still be highly insulated leaving no need for a membrane to be used.
Lime was used extensively for foundation work before the invention of cement. Lime flooring allows for some movement of the building and the free passage of moisture and air, which helps to prevent damp problems.
You can still incorporate under floor heating laying this on the limecrete in a lime screed.

Stone Masonry

Stone masonry is a traditional form of construction practiced for centuries in the regions where stone is locally available. It is still found in old historic centers, often in buildings of cultural and historical significance.
We can supply and install stone for new build and restoration projects.
Replacement stones, masoned or carved, are carefully matched and refixed by one of our specialised stone masons.

MONMOUTH STONE WALLING

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Roofing

The roof is probably the single most exposed face of any exposed structure.
Our specially trained slaters and tilers are equipped with the knowledge and specialist equipment to carry out roofing projects of any size and complexity whether new-build projects or renovations
All operatives have been fully trained in all aspects of lead fixing practices and the installations of rain-water systems and energy-efficient insulation systems.

CARDIFF TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

CARDIFF TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

Thorteck Ltd  are Traditional Builders serving Cardiff & surrounding areas  , we undertake conservation and restoration work on older buildings,we use traditional building methods and materials conserving the buildings historic integrity and we can repair or extend any period property.

Thorteck Ltd also has a general building division which can offer all the services for modern building projects.

Our projects range in size from the complete restoration of a building to the repair of a single element, such as the chimney, roof or plasterwork.

We offer a personal touch with no broken promises and a professional service at competitive rates.

We would welcome the opportunity to tender for all your future building projects.

BESPOKE JOINERY

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Complete Building Services

With our extensive in-house experience and considerable expertise in all trades and disciplines we use a practical and informed approach to historic building repair.
From the initial surveys and planning through to the end of the contract we will leave you with a completed project finished to a high standard.

Lime Plastering & Rendering

Lime renders were traditionally applied to give protection to walls built of poor quality rubble stone or porous brick or to walls in exposed locations facing driving winds. They help by acting like a sponge, absorbing rainfall then allowing it to evaporate rather than soak into the wall. Most cottages and houses built of rubble stone would have been rendered originally and they tend to suffer from penetrating damp if the lime render is removed or replaced with a cement rich render.

 

Limecrete/Screed

Limecrete floors offer a breathable alternative to concrete and they can still be highly insulated leaving no need for a membrane to be used.
Lime was used extensively for foundation work before the invention of cement. Lime flooring allows for some movement of the building and the free passage of moisture and air, which helps to prevent damp problems.
You can still incorporate under floor heating laying this on the limecrete in a lime screed.

Stone Masonry

Stone masonry is a traditional form of construction practiced for centuries in the regions where stone is locally available. It is still found in old historic centers, often in buildings of cultural and historical significance.
We can supply and install stone for new build and restoration projects.
Replacement stones, masoned or carved, are carefully matched and refixed by one of our specialised stone masons.

 STONE WALLING

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Roofing

The roof is probably the single most exposed face of any exposed structure.
Our specially trained slaters and tilers are equipped with the knowledge and specialist equipment to carry out roofing projects of any size and complexity whether new-build projects or renovations
All operatives have been fully trained in all aspects of lead fixing practices and the installations of rain-water systems and energy-efficient insulation systems.

GREAT TRE RHEW BARN ROOFWORKS

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ABERGAVENNY TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

ABERGAVENNY TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

Thorteck Ltd  are Traditional Builders serving Abergavenny & surrounding areas  , we undertake conservation and restoration work on older buildings,we use traditional building methods and materials conserving the buildings historic integrity and we can repair or extend any period property.

Thorteck Ltd also has a general building division which can offer all the services for modern building projects.

Our projects range in size from the complete restoration of a building to the repair of a single element, such as the chimney, roof or plasterwork.

We offer a personal touch with no broken promises and a professional service at competitive rates.

We would welcome the opportunity to tender for all your future building projects.

BESPOKE JOINERY

thorteck

Complete Building Services

With our extensive in-house experience and considerable expertise in all trades and disciplines we use a practical and informed approach to historic building repair.
From the initial surveys and planning through to the end of the contract we will leave you with a completed project finished to a high standard.

Lime Plastering & Rendering

Lime renders were traditionally applied to give protection to walls built of poor quality rubble stone or porous brick or to walls in exposed locations facing driving winds. They help by acting like a sponge, absorbing rainfall then allowing it to evaporate rather than soak into the wall. Most cottages and houses built of rubble stone would have been rendered originally and they tend to suffer from penetrating damp if the lime render is removed or replaced with a cement rich render.

 

Limecrete/Screed

Limecrete floors offer a breathable alternative to concrete and they can still be highly insulated leaving no need for a membrane to be used.
Lime was used extensively for foundation work before the invention of cement. Lime flooring allows for some movement of the building and the free passage of moisture and air, which helps to prevent damp problems.
You can still incorporate under floor heating laying this on the limecrete in a lime screed.

Stone Masonry

Stone masonry is a traditional form of construction practiced for centuries in the regions where stone is locally available. It is still found in old historic centers, often in buildings of cultural and historical significance.
We can supply and install stone for new build and restoration projects.
Replacement stones, masoned or carved, are carefully matched and refixed by one of our specialised stone masons.

MONMOUTH STONE WALLING

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Roofing

The roof is probably the single most exposed face of any exposed structure.
Our specially trained slaters and tilers are equipped with the knowledge and specialist equipment to carry out roofing projects of any size and complexity whether new-build projects or renovations
All operatives have been fully trained in all aspects of lead fixing practices and the installations of rain-water systems and energy-efficient insulation systems.

GREAT TRE RHEW BARN ROOFWORKS

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MONMOUTH TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

MONMOUTH TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

TRADITIONAL BUILDERS

Thorteck Ltd  are MONMOUTH Traditional Builders serving Monmouth and surrounding areas , we undertake conservation and restoration work on older buildings,we use traditional building methods and materials conserving the buildings historic integrity and we can repair or extend any period property.

Thorteck Ltd also has a general building division which can offer all the services for modern building projects.

Our projects range in size from the complete restoration of a building to the repair of a single element, such as the chimney, roof or plasterwork.

We offer a personal touch with no broken promises and a professional service at competitive rates.

We would welcome the opportunity to tender for all your future building projects.

thorteck

Complete Building Services

With our extensive in-house experience and considerable expertise in all trades and disciplines we use a practical and informed approach to historic building repair.
From the initial surveys and planning through to the end of the contract we will leave you with a completed project finished to a high standard.

Lime Plastering & Rendering

Lime renders were traditionally applied to give protection to walls built of poor quality rubble stone or porous brick or to walls in exposed locations facing driving winds. They help by acting like a sponge, absorbing rainfall then allowing it to evaporate rather than soak into the wall. Most cottages and houses built of rubble stone would have been rendered originally and they tend to suffer from penetrating damp if the lime render is removed or replaced with a cement rich render.

 

Limecrete/Screed

Limecrete floors offer a breathable alternative to concrete and they can still be highly insulated leaving no need for a membrane to be used.
Lime was used extensively for foundation work before the invention of cement. Lime flooring allows for some movement of the building and the free passage of moisture and air, which helps to prevent damp problems.
You can still incorporate under floor heating laying this on the limecrete in a lime screed.

Stone Masonry

Stone masonry is a traditional form of construction practiced for centuries in the regions where stone is locally available. It is still found in old historic centers, often in buildings of cultural and historical significance.
We can supply and install stone for new build and restoration projects.
Replacement stones, masoned or carved, are carefully matched and refixed by one of our specialised stone masons.

MONMOUTH STONE WALLING

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Roofing

The roof is probably the single most exposed face of any exposed structure.
Our specially trained slaters and tilers are equipped with the knowledge and specialist equipment to carry out roofing projects of any size and complexity whether new-build projects or renovations
All operatives have been fully trained in all aspects of lead fixing practices and the installations of rain-water systems and energy-efficient insulation systems.

 

MONMOUTH ROOFING THORTECK LTD

ROOFING

MONMOUTH ROOFING THORTECK LTD serve Monmouth & the surrounding areas and we believe the roof is probably the single most exposed face of any exposed structure It has to withstand rain, wind, ice, ultra-violet light and, increasingly, the effects of damaging acids caused by atmospheric pollution. All the more reason for specifiers to choose a natural roofing product that is able to sustain these harsh elements and still mellow and improve with age. Not only will a roof tile or slate hold an authentic time worn appeal, but its low maintenance cost will mean that its whole life cost is relatively low.

Thorteck’s dedication to quality and customer satisfaction is unrivalled. From the survey to the completion of the project, we endeavor to minimise disruption to our clients whilst maintaining the highest standards in workmanship.

All operatives have been fully trained in all aspects of lead fixing practices and the installations of rain-water systems and energy-efficient insulation systems.

Our surveying and estimating department constantly research regulations and fixing practices to ensure our workforce are up to date with the ever changing systems in the roofing industry.

Based in Torfaen we offer a competitive rate for slating tiling and lead work as well as traditional felt roof.

For a free quotation please contact steve@thorteck.co.uk

 

 

GREAT TRE RHEW BARN ROOF MONMOUTH

For a competitive quote please contact us

HEREFORD CONSERVATION BUILDERS THORTECK LTD

HEREFORD CONSERVATION BUILDERS

THORTECK LTD HEREFORD CONSERVATION BUILDERS WE SERVE HEREFORD

Thorteck Ltd HEREFORD CONSERVATION BUILDERS are a specialist building company that uses a combination of traditional building and repair methods and materials and also some modern methods.

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Our materials are usually sourced locally but sometimes we need to search the rest of the UK to find the correct product for a specific contract.

Our work benefits the old building as we use materials that will live in harmony with it, allowing it to breathe: lime plasters, wattle & daub, limewash.

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We only employ quality craftsmen who are specialist in their trades.

We have over 160 years collective knowledge of working with traditional building methods and materials.

We have completed many contracts and have never had any complaints as our testimonials show.
From the day you contact Thorteck we listen to you and deliver what you ask at a competItive price and leave you with a high standard of finish.

From a small to large, modern or traditional contract please talk to Thorteck first, as you will receive a personal quality service second to none.

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SERVICES

We have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Manage complex projects with detail and care
  • Complete Design and Build Package
  • Build new masonry walling or repair of stone walling and structures
  • Banker Masonry and fixing
  • Repair or renew roof structures with traditional materials and methods
  • Build or repair oak structures using traditional and modern techniques
  • Supply and install bespoke joinery
  • Re-Pointing using all types of lime mortars
  • Limecrete / Lime Screed Floors
  • Split lath & lime plastering including decorative plaster repair and limewashing
  • Wattle & daub
  • Dry stone walling
  • Structural solutions & stabilisation
  • Retaining wall systems
  • Plumbing/Lead sheet roofing
  • Installers of Biomass wood boilers ARITERM & WINDHAGER

ABERGAVENNY BUILDERS CONSERVATION BUILDERS

ABERGAVENNY BUILDERS CONSERVATION BUILDERS

We undertake conservation and restoration work on older buildings,we use traditional building methods and materials conserving the buildings historic integrity and we can repair or extend any period property.

Our projects range in size from the complete restoration of a building to the repair of a single element, such as the chimney, roof or plasterwork.

We offer a personal touch with no broken promises and a professional service at competitive rates.

We would welcome the opportunity to tender for all your future building projects.

Abergavenny Builders Thorteck Ltd has extensive in-house experience and considerable expertise in all trades and disciplines we use a practical and informed approach to historic building repair.From the initial surveys and planning through to the end of the contract we will leave you with a completed project finished to a high standard.

Abergavenny Builders Thorteck Lime Plastering & Rendering

Lime renders were traditionally applied to give protection to walls built of poor quality rubble stone or porous brick or to walls in exposed locations facing driving winds. They help by acting like a sponge, absorbing rainfall then allowing it to evaporate rather than soak into the wall. Most cottages and houses built of rubble stone would have been rendered originally and they tend to suffer from penetrating damp if the lime render is removed or replaced with a cement rich render.

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Abergavenny Builders Thorteck Limecrete/Screed

Limecrete floors offer a breathable alternative to concrete and they can still be highly insulated leaving no need for a membrane to be used.
Lime was used extensively for foundation work before the invention of cement. Lime flooring allows for some movement of the building and the free passage of moisture and air, which helps to prevent damp problems.
You can still incorporate under floor heating laying this on the limecrete in a lime screed.

Abergavenny Builders Thorteck Stone Masonry

Stone masonry is a traditional form of construction practiced for centuries in the regions where stone is locally available. It is still found in old historic centers, often in buildings of cultural and historical significance.
We can supply and install stone for new build and restoration projects.
Replacement stones, masoned or carved, are carefully matched and refixed by one of our specialised stone masons.

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Abergavenny Builders Thorteck Roofing

The roof is probably the single most exposed face of any exposed structure.
Our specially trained slaters and tilers are equipped with the knowledge and specialist equipment to carry out roofing projects of any size and complexity whether new-build projects or renovations
All operatives have been fully trained in all aspects of lead fixing practices and the installations of rain-water systems and energy-efficient insulation systems.

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Usk Monmouth Windhager Renewable Energy Solutions

We have just completed an installation of a Windhager HMX log boiler linked to our clients existing oil boiler at Allt-y-Bela Usk Monmouth.
The log boiler is probably the most suitable choice for the household user, especially for those who have access to their own supply of wood. Log boilers are usually installed in conjunction with a hot water tank (accumulator) which acts as a thermal store. The boiler is thus able to burn its charge of logs at a constant rate over a relatively short period, whilst heating is available on demand throughout the day.

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MONMOUTH BUILDERS CONSERVATION BUILDERS

MONMOUTH BUILDERS CONSERVATION BUILDERS

Monmouth Builders Conservation Builders Thorteck Ltd undertake conservation and restoration work on older buildings,we use traditional building methods and materials conserving the buildings historic integrity and we can repair or extend any period property.

Our projects range in size from the complete restoration of a building to the repair of a single element, such as the chimney, roof or plasterwork.

We offer a personal touch with no broken promises and a professional service at competitive rates.

We would welcome the opportunity to tender for all your future building projects.

Monmouth Builders Thorteck Ltd has extensive in-house experience and considerable expertise in all trades and disciplines we use a practical and informed approach to historic building repair.From the initial surveys and planning through to the end of the contract we will leave you with a completed project finished to a high standard.

Monmouth Builders Thorteck Lime Plastering & Rendering

Lime renders were traditionally applied to give protection to walls built of poor quality rubble stone or porous brick or to walls in exposed locations facing driving winds. They help by acting like a sponge, absorbing rainfall then allowing it to evaporate rather than soak into the wall. Most cottages and houses built of rubble stone would have been rendered originally and they tendto suffer from penetrating damp if the lime render is removed or replaced with a cement rich render.

LIME RENDERING ON LATH

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Monmouth Builders Thorteck Limecrete/Screed

Limecrete floors offer a breathable alternative to concrete and they can still be highly insulated leaving no need for a membrane to be used.
Lime was used extensively for foundation work before the invention of cement. Lime flooring allows for some movement of the building and the free passage of moisture and air, which helps to prevent damp problems.
You can still incorporate under floor heating laying this on the limecrete in a lime screed.

Monmouth Builders Thorteck Stone Masonry

Stone masonry is a traditional form of construction practiced for centuries in the regions where stone is locally available. It is still found in old historic centers, often in buildings of cultural and historical significance.
We can supply and install stone for new build and restoration projects.
Replacement stones, masoned or carved, are carefully matched and refixed by one of our specialised stone masons.

STONE WALLING

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Monmouth Builders Thorteck Roofing

The roof is probably the single most exposed face of any exposed structure.
Our specially trained slaters and tilers are equipped with the knowledge and specialist equipment to carry out roofing projects of any size and complexity whether new-build projects or renovations
All operatives have been fully trained in all aspects of lead fixing practices and the installations of rain-water systems and energy-efficient insulation systems.

WELSH SLATE ROOF

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