The common-sense perspective tells us that that prevention is better than cure and that planned routine maintenance provides extends the service life of products. This is the reason most of us regularly service and inspect our cars, boilers and other expensive equipment, yet this understanding does not always extend to our buildings.

Routine planned maintenance is promoted by most statutory, regulatory and funding bodies. Organisations such as Cadw and the Church in Wales have devoted sections of their websites to it, but still we all to often see buildings with the small things neglected – and these small problems can very quickly turn into expensive repair projects.

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