Older brick and render flats

Flat and pitched roofs, gutters, and chimneys

1920s – 1930s flats had roofs like those on older tenements. Tiling is more common than slate.

External brick, block, and render walls

Early types have solid brick walls, but cavity walls started to be used. Block walls were often rendered.

Non-traditional wall types

It may be hard to detect your building type since many of these buildings have now been overclad.

Estate landscaping

It looks like public space, but some owners have to pay to maintain these areas.

Windows

Poor repairs can affect the floor joists (part of the structure) and lead to noise problems.

Balconies

May be a cause of cold and damp, especially if the rest of the building has been overclad.

Drainage and drainpipes

Cracked, blocked, and leaking drainpipes saturate walls leading to cold, damp, and rot.

Services

Gas, water, electricity and communal aerials – when do they become your responsibility?

Render and harling

Renders of various kinds are applied to walls to help protect them from the weather.

Flat and pitched roofs, gutters, and chimneys

1920s – 1930s flats had roofs like those on older tenements. Tiling is more common than slate.

External brick, block, and render walls

Early types have solid brick walls, but cavity walls started to be used. Block walls were often rendered.

Non-traditional wall types

It may be hard to detect your building type since many of these buildings have now been overclad.

Estate landscaping

It looks like public space, but some owners have to pay to maintain these areas.

Windows

Poor repairs can affect the floor joists (part of the structure) and lead to noise problems.

Balconies

May be a cause of cold and damp, especially if the rest of the building has been overclad.

Drainage and drainpipes

Cracked, blocked, and leaking drainpipes saturate walls leading to cold, damp, and rot.

Services

Gas, water, electricity and communal aerials – when do they become your responsibility?

Render and harling

Renders of various kinds are applied to walls to help protect them from the weather.

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