Arundel, West Sussex - Damp Proofing
Arundel, West Sussex
We work closely with many developers, providing them a report on the condition of the structure before work commences.
With a tussle to find land to build houses it is becoming extremely common to see dilapidated barns and outbuildings being converted into habitable accommodation, in the most beautiful and restorative way, filling the growing need for properties in the U.K.
In many situations it is always favoured with our clients for us to install NewLath 805 Mesh Membrane to the problematic areas, especially as many old buildings were built before a DPC, generally with solid 12" - 16" thick walls. Over the years these walls can be laden with hygroscopic salts (Chlorides, Nitrates, Sulphates) coming from the ground, animal urine from those that may have used the barn or from combustion via furnace or fire, such as a farrier’s workshop etc.
Salt contamination can cause spoilage and serious damage to finishes and decorations if it is not addressed properly, leaching from the existing masonry into the new plaster surfaces, returning and appearing again as damp patches due to their 'deliquescent' nature.
Our proposals are convenient and simple, leaving the next trade to come in and carry on without drying or waiting times. The wall behind will slowly dry out over time, 'breathing' in the cavity of the membrane; the system being passive, damp is not forced to migrate or concentrate anywhere else.
The damp proofing membranes can be finished in a variety of ways; either with a stud wall or independent metal frame in front, incorporating insulation; with 'dot & dab', a plasterboard and plasterboard adhesive, or even a wet plaster finish, completed over two coats.
These barns at Arundel in West-Sussex are just an example to the extent of our work in this role.