Restoration

We have a rich history in restoring heritage properties across the whole of the UK. Projects range from the complete restoration of Grade A structures and listed buildings to dovecotes, churches, bridges, chimneys and estate walls.

Traditional Lime pointing
All aspects of Stonemasonry
Traditional Brick Laying
General Building Services
Lime Harling and Renders
Traditional Slate Roofing
Cast Iron Guttering
Sash & Case Window Repair
Undertaking works as both main contractor and specialist sub-contractor

When the combined action of water, frost & wind has degraded stone integrity, replacing parts of stones through ‘indemting’ repairs is often the selected repair strategy. However, there are circumstances where a mortar repair-mix may be more suitable. Understanding why and when to choose which repair, and the specification of the material must be in the hands of an expert

One aspect of care and maintenance of stone facades and buildings is cleaning. It is important that approved specialist techniques are applied, so that the stone is not damaged in the process.

Work may involve DOFF cleaning (ultra-high temperature & low volume steam) and may also include JOS or TORC type cleaning (dry, particulate based clean). Equally it could include use of specialist stone-approved cleaning agents and preventative measures.

Constituent parts of mortars must be selected deliberately and carefully, often needing colour matching. This is a vitally important part of correct maintenance work to existing facades, particularly historic or listed ones.

We have long developed techniques for conserving and restoring historic brickwork. These generally involve the removal of later inappropriate cement repairs/pointing which are the root cause of most damage. Once removed, our analysis allows us to recreate the closest possible match original material to safeguard works going forwards.

Often the cause of damage to brickwork is the use of later inappropriate cement which is harder than the brick. This can have a damaging effect by both preventing any movement flexibility resulting in fractures and causing any moisture to be drawn through the brick (rather than the joint) potentially exacerbating freeze/thaw damage.

Works can incorporate everything from pointing removal and replacement through to brick replacement. We work closely with traditional brick specialist reclamation yards to identify the closest possible match for any replacement works to match colour, size and texture

Stonework restoration and the conservation principles applied to it have always played a part at the centre of our business. With our dedicated team of experienced stone conservators, this role can come to the fore when required. Analysis of material plays a key role in this understanding.

Identifying stone and mortars. Detailing decay mechanisms. Chemical analysis undertaken to establish constituent parts and probable ratios to allow for close reproduction of historic mortars (matching colour, texture and permeability).

T J Ferris Stonemasonry were competitively priced, friendly and approachable. They started the job quickly and the finished result looks fantastic. We will come back to them in the future.

Giles, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Prompt, friendly and business like, Thomas checked out, assessed and estimated for repair of a dangerous broken step at the bottom of our common stairwell. Ahead of schedule and, at short notice, he resolved our problem to everyone’s satisfaction. TJF Stonemasonry is local to the Canongate and we would be more than happy to avail ourselves of their splendid services again. Highly recommended.

Alexandra Wallace, 2nd May 2021

Just a small job needed but it was done to a high standard and very friendly service too. Very pleased with the work overall.

Grace, October 2012

Excellent job as per normal from Tom.

Factor Charter Hall , 27th September 2018

Very happy with the work done by Thomas and his team. The work involved some plastic repairs (lithomex) to my tenement wall to fix an area of stone that had delaminated and crumbled away. It was quite an awkward spot to get to as the access scaffold had to be built on another flat roof and the repair itself was high level, just below the gutter line, but they done a great job and got it sorted despite some very windy weather. I would recommend to friends and call on them again if the need arises.

Richard , 9th April 2021

Very pleased with finished work, which much improves the look of our property.
A tidy and helpful worker who cleans up as he proceeds.

Nigel , 27th January 2020

The front landing of our colony house was about to collapse and in need of urgent replacement. Several tradesmen looked at the situation but vey few appeared confident about being able to sort the problem. Luckily Thomas and his team were able to remove the old landing and rebuild in-line with the building and steps connecting. Work was swift and professional and the end result looks great as well as being both safe and solid.

Chris, 26th February 2021

Thomas and his men repointed the front of our bungalow, repaired a stone widow sill and replaced some rendering. Despite the current covid situation causing a delay to the start of the work, the work was carried out efficiently and smoothly. I cannot fault the quality of the finish and the workmen were friendly and hard working. Overall we’re very happy to have chosen Thomas for the work.

Richard Kotas, 9th March 2021

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We consider projects of any size and type, from large-scale architectural renovations to internal works in modern homes. To find out more or to obtain a quotation please complete the enquiry form or contact Tom by phone or email.