A Look at How Construction Has Changed Over the Years
08 Oct 19
At Domsalla Building Services Ltd the work we undertake is varied.
The properties we work on range from new-builds to properties nearing 500 years old!
It is very interesting looking at the different methods which have been used in the past.
Damp prevention in modern properties is essentially plastic, plastic membranes below concrete floors and plastic damp-proof courses in brick walls.
In contrast, years ago clean pea shingle was laid below floors and screeded over, as water cannot rise in beach stone (no capillary action).
Slate was used between a brick course due to its waterproof properties and great compressive strength.
Historically, horsehair was mixed with plaster, to reinforce the plaster and prevent cracking.
In properties we currently work on, when this is the case samples of the plaster as sent to Porten Down due to the possible Anthrax content (Although I personally have never received a positive result!).
The fundamentals of the methods applied by the construction industry have not changed beyond recognition, the introduction of further cost-effective and streamlined methods have improved on general living conditions.
The materials available are innovative, such as Celotex or Cooltherm insulation which is a thinner material with extremely high thermal properties.
Timber is now pre-treated and they even make flexible nylon slates with long guarantees!
Domsalla Building Services Ltd has worked on various properties following fire or flood damage.
In these properties, we aim to use reclaimed materials where possible for various reasons.
Matching materials to resemble the original, especially in the case of brick and tiles is crucial and we have all seen bad attempts!
The re-using of good materials also cuts back on waste and manufacturing which aids our own goal to ensure our company is working towards being more ecologically sound.
- Steve Domsalla (The MD at Domsalla Building Services Ltd)
Steve is also a qualified City & Guild's bricklayer with a credit and two distinctions.
Structural parts 1, 2 and 3 & has a general passion for construction!
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