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Modern vs Traditional

08 Oct 19

A Look at How Construction Has Changed Over the Years
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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What Our Clients Say About Us

I just wanted to thank you all for the work you have done recently. I love my new shower room!
All the staff are amazing. I will recommend you to all my friends and family with 100% confidence in the work you do.

Ms O'Connor | Eastbourne

When my property in Uckfield, East Sussex was flooded in March 2018, I was devastated. Having lived there since our children were very small, it was very upsetting to see such devastation, with ceilings, collapsed, walls soaking wet and the house generally being unliveable.

The emergency cover I had with RIAS kicked in and the property was made safe immediately. Luckily I had my son nearby so moved in there for a month or so while our insurer found us a rental, near our home. We were not happy with the rental but only because it was nothing like our home, and this made us very committed to making sure the refurbishment went ahead as quick as possible. After a few delays our preferred contractor was appointed, and I am pleased to say that Steve Domsalla of Domsalla Building Services, based in Eastbourne, has done a tremendous job.

He has kept in constant contact with us throughout the build, to check we were happy with the work being done and sometimes to double-check that the paint colour or the tiles we had requested were what we truly wanted. The finishing has been superb, including paint work, coving, ceiling work and skirting boards. We are almost ready to move back in and I cannot believe what a fabulous job Steve has done. With that in mind, not only would I recommend RIAS/Ageas to friends, but I would sincerely like RIAS/Ageas to continue working with Domsalla and to somehow reward this company’s great work. Their professionalism and dedication has made a huge difference. I am now a very happy customer. Many thanks, Peter N.C. King.

Peter King | Uckfield

Re: Remedial construction services provided

With all works now complete, it is now opportune to thank you most sincerely for the services you have provided to us in the course of the remedial insurance works to our property. It has been a long haul and as torturous for you, I am sure, as it has been for us especially on the last lap when your chaps had to work around us living back in the house, however there were never any issues with this. They operated like well bred house guests, punctual, reliable, clean and tidy and nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them.

Your programme of works was sensibly flexible in catering for the inevitable unknowns of which there were many and these were handled in the same fashion as the originally anticipated schedule of works with diligence, professionalism and no fuss, even when additional trades were required at short notice and the overall quality of workmanship has left nothing to be desired.

The regular contacting and updating by your administration is certainly to your credit and made a world of difference by affording us, in advance, opportunities to be flexible with our own needs.

Thank you once again and we assure you most earnestly that we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others, sadly a rare thing to be able to say today. We wish you well and continued success.

Mr Derek Winter | Kent

'Warren has finished the steps and side path.
The steps are beautiful.
Thank you again to Warren for all of his hard work.'

Mrs Kerry | Eastbourne

Thank you so much for our lovely Extension! Especially to Mick for his Patience and great vision. One of our fears was that the Garden would look like a building site but the rubbish was removed daily and materials delivered as they were used, very tidy Builders!

We are sitting in our Extended Day Room, drinking coffee as we write
this accolade! We will definitely be singing your praises! Thank you again.

Mr & Mrs Franklyn | Etchingham

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