Lack of maintenance is a key reason why old buildings deteriorate. Find practical articles on how to look after your historic building.

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The SPAB receives many enquiries about what constitutes good practice when it comes to repointing old masonry. This article sheds some light on the main issues.

Preventative maintenance

In 1877, William Morris pleaded for those entrusted with old buildings ‘to stave off decay by daily care’. This article explains why this advice still holds good.

Rainwater fittings

This article looks at those humble, often forgotten but all-important links between rain and drain - gutters and downpipes.