Conservation work in action; caring for our external walls

Scaffolding around the main building at Quebec House, a National Trust property in Kent

This spring and summer we took some important steps to look after our special place. External decoration work was undertaken to ensure Quebec House stays open for ever, for everyone. Not only was this work for aesthetic reasons, but also for vital conservation and preservation causes.

A routine inspection

At the beginning of 2018 the paintwork around the building was badly flaking. When the paint starts to flake away, it can leave the wooden window and door frames underneath exposed to the elements.

When paint is applied to wood, it creates an important layer of protection against the weather and changes in climate. If left exposed too long, the wood is likely to begin to rot and fall away. In turn this would cause water problems for the inside of the house.

We make sure that our building doesn’t get anywhere near this stage by routinely carrying out this work every 5 to 10 years.

Conservation reaching new heights

Scaffolding up to the height of the building was erected around the main house and along the front of the Coach House.

This gave us a fantastic opportunity to inspect areas of the property that aren't usually reachable. The roof, drains and brick work were then all given a look over and condition checked.

Any flaking paintwork needed to be completely removed before it could be repainted. To keep the Georgian spirit of the house alive, we kept the paint colours as historically accurate as possible. Paint samples were taken from the current colours on the frames and doors to be matched.

Ask us about our conservation work on your next visit
Conservation work in action at Quebec House, a National Trust property in Kent
Ask us about our conservation work on your next visit

 

 

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