Helitec have the skills and knowledge to restore or rebuild every part, both external and internal, of heritage restoration and historical building restoration. Our qualified craftsmen take pride in their work. We understand the love and pride owners have in their heritage buildings and undertake rejuvenation works in a respectful and diligent manner. Our services are undertaken using sustainable and permanent technologies. Our complete heritage restoration services include:
- restoration of stone work and masonry
- conservation of stone buildings
- repairs or replacement of windows and doors
- specialist repairs to masonry arches, widow openings and doorways
- all types of retiling using traditional materials and methods
- traditional carpentry
- repairing rotted floors and walls
- replacing ornate internal ceilings and cornices
- repairing roofs, gutters and downpipes
- floors, staircases and paneling
- rebuilding brick and stone walls
- complete quality painting services
- restoring heritage facades by repointing and tuck pointing
- underpinning foundation subsidence
Contact Helitec for all your Heritage Restoration
Stonework and Masonry
Sydney has many beautiful sandstone buildings. The Sydney basin is ringed by sandstone, In fact a large proporation of Sydney sits on sandstone. Many of these beautiful buildings were built in the 19th or early 20th centuries and now are in need of careful restoration.
Helitec employ qualified stonemasons who trained and honed their skills in the United Kingdom. We carefully select matching stones and use both modern and traditional methods to restore building façades to their former glory.
Windows and Doors
Older buildings unfortunately suffer the decay of time. Being an organic substance timber windows and doors will suffer from the elements; the rain, the wind, the constant heating and cooling leads to the organic material gradually breaking down, leaving the frame looking untidy and disheveled.
Helitec seek out and employ the highest quality materials during the restoration, repair and replacement of heritage windows and doors. We guarantee your satisfaction with our workmanship on older style double hung or casement sash windows.
Arches & Lintels
Brick and stone around arches and windows are supported by arch bars and lintels which in older buildings are generally made from steel. In coastal areas of Sydney these arch bars and lintels are affected by corrosion because of salt air. Brickwork and stonework above your heritage window or door opening can become damaged due to lintel expansion. A rusting lintel will expand to around seven times its original thickness, and so will create a tell-tale bulge or crack.
If left unattended, faulty lintel and arch bar damage may result in deeper structural weakening, cracking of walls and arches, water penetration resulting in corrosion of wall ties can cause the structural integrity of your building becoming compromised.
Helitec are authorised Helifix installers and use modern methods of repair to reinstate the structural integrity of your heritage building. We use durable stainless steel components to restore the façade of your heritage building.
Often flooring and wall substrates of heritage buildings need restoration before replacement tiles are laid. Helitec will diagnose and recommend the best way to replace your tiles. Weather you need a tessellated, heritage, marble bordered or penciled retiling Helitec will guarantee your satisfaction and joy in the finish of your heritage building restoration.
Ceilings & Cornices
Helitec is able to offer a specialised custom made reproduction of your heritage ceiling producing a complete cornice or moulding from the smallest sample or we can create an entirely new and unique design according to your specifications.
We are able to restore your ceilings cornices, ceiling roses, panels corbels and arches. Helitec utilise quality manufacturers to ensure a sustainable replicated product that will stand the test of time and enhance the beauty of your heritage building.
Repointing and Tuckpointing
Repointing is the process of renewing mortar joints in brick and stone masonry construction. Over time, weathering and decay causes ugly holes and spalling in the mortar joints allowing the undesirable ingress of water. This can lead to the corrosion of wall ties and a complete failure of the masonry wall.
Tuckpointing is the raised white lines on the brick outlines on Federation period homes and buildings. It is also known as a way of using two contrasting colours of mortar in brickwork, one colour might match the bricks themselves, to give an artificial impression that there are very fine joints between the bricks.
Underpinning and foundation subsidence
Older buildings in Sydney can suffer the effects of tree root damage and soil movement. When there is downward movement of the soil strata beneath a building, there is downward movement of the foundations, also known as subsidence. Broken downpipes and stormwater drains can also cause fine soil particles beneath foundations to be washed away by ground water causing instability. The most common indicator of foundation movement is cracking in a structure. Typically, subsidence related fractures are tapered diagonal cracks, often found around doors and openings.
Helitec can investigate and recommend the best method to reinstate the stability of your heritage restoration building foundations. Our structural expects can advise on stabilisation methods saving you thousands of dollars. Contact us today for a free inspection and quote.
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