Structural Timber Resin Repairs

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Structural Timber Resin Repairs 

Richardson & Starling have carried out an increasing number of structural timber resin repair jobs in the last few years. These have been successfully carried out using epoxy resin and other types of resin. Our epoxy resin repair system has been used for the upgrading of structural timber and to repair timber that has been badly affected by rot or structural faults. 

Resin repair is renowned for its effectiveness in structural timber repairs, due to the nature of the substance and its level of resistance to damp and fungal attack. When it comes to structural timber faults, resin repair is often the most effective course of action. 

If a building you own needs structural timber repair, then one of our resin repair systems should do the job with ease. At Richardson & Starling we understand that every job is different and this is why we carry out a full survey on each building before starting any work on the property. This will allow our skilled surveyors to assess the problem and specify the best course of action. 

Resin Repair

Resin repair is used to repair and strengthen structural timber within a building. Resin is a fluid material that is used for a whole range of repairs. It is largely favoured for structural timber repairs because it is impervious to the elements. It is non-porous so it is completely impenetrable by water and repels any outside elements penetrating the property, preventing any further damage. The resin can be shaped to match the existing detail of the structure.

If we decide that resin repair isn’t the best course of action for the job at hand, we will specify the most cost effective and efficient solution possible. Providing first class service is our main priority in how we operate so we will always try and find the most effective solution for you as a client.
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When it comes to structural timber repairs, trust Richardson and Starling. We have over 80 years of expertise and experience. Resin repair is one of our main methods used for large structural timber repair and we assess each case on an individual basis as we know that structural defects are specific to each property.

Benefits of Resin Repair

Some of the benefits of resin repair for structural timber include:
  • Low Disturbance – Carrying out a resin repair will mean that you can retain ceilings and floors whilst also keeping the roof structure intact.
  • Building Use – Reduce loss of use by restricting areas of fabric removal and repair. A Resin repair job will seek to only expose what is necessary, unlike other building repair processes. 
  • Retain Existing Timbers – through resin repair you are able to save serviceable materials through sympathetic repair 
  • Authenticity – You are replacing timber with timber leading to minimal use of resins
  • Durability – A resin repair is resistant to damp and fungal attack

Types of Resin Repair

Timber crack repairs using resin
When looking at structural resin repairs there several different methods we may use. A thorough survey of your property will determine the best course of action for the repair and will determine how we will carry out the repair. The main types of resin repair we carry out are:
  1. Solid Resin – the resin will be poured into a ‘shutter box’, or into slots in the existing timber to repair or upgrade strength.
  2. Timber-Resin Splice (TRS) – A new timber beam end or mid-section with resins supplied as a kit, manufactured to replace the original defective timber size exactly.
  3. Crack Repair – This involves splits and ‘shakes’ filled with resin, injected and ‘stitched’.
  4. Joinery & Cosmetic – this involves repairing timber frames and joinery 

TRS – Timber Resin Splice

Timber resin repair has had over 40 years of successful use. The process itself was made less expensive 20 years ago thanks to the invention of the timber-resin splice system. Since then it has been installed in all types of properties including Domestic Houses, Churches, buildings owned by the National Trust and Local Authorities.

Cosmetic Resin Repair

For smaller areas of repair, it is possible to shape or mould putty resin into the timber profile and then it is sanded down, grained and then stained to create an attractive finish that will match the original structure. We particularly use this type of resin repair on older framed buildings. 

Epoxy Resin Repair

Epoxy resin repair is quite often used for the repair of structural timbers like floor joists, beams and roof trusses which have been affected by rot or wood boring insects. Epoxy resin repair is also used to simply strengthen structural timber to prevent deflection or crushing of the existing timber 

Epoxy resin repair is often used in older buildings or commercial properties as it is found to be economical compared to other methods of repair and it tends to cause less disruption to the buildings use. It can also avoid the complete replacement of sound structural timber and save timber that would normally be cut out due to conventional repairs.
Structural timber resin repairs

Benefits of Using Epoxy Resin for Repairs

There are several reasons we prefer to use epoxy resin in major structural timber repairs. Some of the key benefits of epoxy resin are:
  • No Shrinkage – Epoxy resin won’t shrink 
  • Waterproof – Epoxy resin repairs are so durable because the epoxy resin used is waterproof. 
  • Strong – Epoxy resin is strong and bonds well with the existing timber.
  • Durability – Epoxies are unaffected by environmental corrosion
  • Saves existing building fabric – minimum existing fabric needs to be removed

How we Spot Where Timber Resin Repair Work is Needed

If you suspect that you need structural timber repairs, then you should call Richardson and Starling. We will send one of our experienced surveyors to your property to assess the damage and whether timber resin repair is necessary. There are various ways we may spot this:
1. We would look at the outside shape of the roof ridges to see if there are signs of bowing or unevenness in the surface.
2. We would investigate cracks in the walls which may indicate hidden decay where lintels or Bessemer beams are being crushed.
3. We will look for movement in the floors.
4. We would look for bowed ceilings and sloping floors.
5. We would look in roof voids and check bearing ends of rafters, tie beams and purlins.

These are symptoms of structural issues which may not be detected by an untrained eye, so if you fear that your building has structural damage then contact us immediately and we can begin a thorough survey of your building.

Why Choose Richardson & Starling for Structural Timber Repairs?

Richardson and Starling have been delivering property care since 1935 and in doing so have become the biggest building preservation company in Scotland. We have enjoyed the success we have had due to our extensive knowledge of the industry we operate within. Our clients trust us with many of their property repairs; including structural resin timber repair, due to our many years of experience.

One of the biggest lessons we have learned about structural timber repairs and resin repairs is to be methodical and thorough in everything we do, including our surveys. We understand how important it is to assess each situation individually, structural timber repairs are completely different from case to case. Therefore, it is important to treat each case separately as every problem is different and each solution must be tailored to fit the problem. 
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Structural timber repair and property repair is our passion. This means that we have seen just about every aspect structural timber repair and know what to expect. No matter how big or small the job, we have the necessary skills and resources to complete it with minimal disruptions to you. If you need building repair and maintenance services, then get in touch with your local branch today. 

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