Advice leaflets from Historic Scotland

Historic Scotland provide a whole series of well illustrated, easy to read leaflets about the different parts of your building. They all include good advice about “First Aid” repairs.


Maintaining your home

  • How to inspect your property and draw up a maintenance plan


Sash and case windows

A short guide on how to maintain, repair and upgrade your windows plus information on contractors


Structural cracks

How to recognise and diagnose various types of settlement cracks that can be found in traditionally constructed buildings


Rot in timber

Guides building owners through the different types of rot and how to identify them, action which can be taken to eradicate the problem and how and why rot spreads.


External timber doors

Gives a brief history of Scottish doors, explains door construction, the recognition of faults and offers direction on suitable methods of repair


The use of lime and cement in traditional buildings

Guide to the external use of lime and cement mortars in traditionally constructed buildings


Domestic chimneys and flues

Outlines the basic elements of a flue and chimney system and identify common faults, their diagnosis, and the principles of how to deal with them


Roofing leadwork

Describes why lead is a good material for buildings and how to maintain your lead roofs and flashings


Bird control on buildings

Examine measures which can be taken to minimise the threat birds pose to our built heritage and the ways in which they can be controlled


Damp - causes and solutions

Describes common causes of damp, and illustrates the best approach to help remedy problems


Repairing Scottish slate roofs

A guide to repairing roof slates


Traditional shopfronts

A short guide for shop owners


Improving energy efficiency in traditional buildings

Basic ways to improve the thermal performance of a traditional building


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