This section covers the types of wood you are likely to encounter in period houses, and how you should care for it.

In the UK, most houses incorporate pine, but limited use is made of oak and mahogany. Occasionally, usually in more grand houses, woods such as cherry or walnut may be found.

Many home owners in the 21st century marvel at how well 100-year old pine has survived and yet how prone to decay modern pine seems to be.

This section explains:

  • types of wood
  • cleaning wood
  • protecting wood from decay
  • polishing wood

Because of the cost and difficulty of correcting maintenance errors in stonework, if you are in any doubt as to how to repair stonework, please seek expert guidance.

Other Guidance

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