Joinery and Finishes

  • S. L. J. Mika
  • S. C. Desch
Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series


It is common when inspecting houses more than 10–15 years old to find a number of defects with the timber joinery. The quality of such joinery, particularly that produced shortly after the Second World War and up until the mid 1970s, was very poor. Failures were often blamed on one or a combination of the following factors:
  1. (a)

    Inadequate protection given to joinery during the construction stage.

  2. (b)

    The use of unsuitable softwoods.

  3. (c)

    The use of timbers with large amounts of sapwood.

  4. (d)

    The absence of effective preservatives.

  5. (e)

    Inappropriate design details.

  6. (f)

    Poor workmanship including the application of preservatives.

  7. (g)

    The over-reliance upon mastic sealants around timber frames.



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© S.L.J. Mika and S.C. Desch 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. L. J. Mika
    • 1
  • S. C. Desch
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ReadingUK
  2. 2.LondonUK

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