Document archive of building preservation material

Decades of research material documenting the preservation of buildings has been uploaded into a free to view digital document archive. National trade body The Property Care Association (PCA) has created the facility, and already received a range of enquiries from the UK and Europe, reflecting the importance and significance of Read the full article…

New website gives homeowners insight into rot issues

Home owners can get the inside track on property issues, including timber preservation, with a new website from national trade body the Property Care Association. Offering insight into the causes and effects of wet and dry rot, the guidance at www.property-care.org/homeowners/timber-treatment comes at a key time in the year, as reported Read the full article…

Saving Wood in Buildings

David Moore, Property Repair Systems Why treatment and repair using PCA member companies is the most sustainable approach Around the UK, over the last 20 years, a small group of specialist Members of the Property Care Association (PCA) has pioneered the economic repair of large structural timbers. Why then do Read the full article…

Understanding the Durability of Wood

Article by Gervais Sawyer In the first of two articles, Gervais Sawyer considers why wood is durable or, to put it another way, why is it NOT durable? In a second article he will consider how it can be made more durable. Rather than presenting you with bald scientific facts, Read the full article…

Dealing with dry rot – insights from fungal biology

The dry rot fungus Serpula (formerly Merulius) lacrymans is well known for destroying timbers in buildings and spreading from floor to floor through hidden spaces. Its mysterious appearances throughout an affected building have led to a sometimes almost mystical fear of its destructive abilities, as though it is something like Read the full article…