Halfway between my home and Plastic Surgeon’s Head Office there is a steep side-turning – used by countless lorries – which features what I would like to nominate as the UK’s deepest pot-hole. Obviously we have to discount the places where mine-workings suddenly collapse and swallow cars, and consider just those areas of frost damage widened by passing traffic, but this one is so deep the front wheel of my bike came to a shuddering halt in it. Needless to say, while the bike stayed still, momentum meant I continued on my journey.
It was a comfort of sorts, as I dusted myself off and checked for damage to my extremities, to know that the rest of the travelling public is suffering along with me, despite the Government having committed extra cash to supplement the local authorities’ £831 million budget for road repairs.
Announcing the emergency funding, the transport minister commented: “Millions of motorists across the country have their daily drive ruined by potholes. And the dreadful winter weather we have had this year is only going to make that problem worse. That is why, despite the tough financial position we are in, we are going to give councils over £100 million extra to help carry out much needed repairs to England’s roads.”
Indeed it is a problem our 100 plus finishers can attest to, as they journey to sites all around the UK to carry out repairs to holes in virtually every other type of building surface other than asphalt. Though certainly in the case of our #stone repair specialists, the cause of the damage can be almost identical to the problems with the roads.
Depending on the type of masonry involved, and particularly the porosity of the stone or brick, when water freezes its expansion literally blows the surface, causing small sections to spall away. Once this occurs the process often accelerates; though the repair techniques developed by Plastic Surgeon are effective at almost any stage. Even deep areas of damage can be built back up to their original profile and colour matched to blend in with the background material. Sometimes whole walls are treated with our special screeding system.
Even when the weather is still bad, the finishers can continue repairs by erecting temporary shelters over their work, or employing their heat guns to warm small areas so that the fillers can bond and cure properly.
Inside of properties, our teams are also routinely called upon to patch holes in all types of building components from work tops and doors to laminates and timber flooring; the result of dropped tools, stiletto heels and, sometimes, even wilful vandalism. And although the intervention by the finisher will vary depending on the scale of the scaring and the type of material, the objective remains the same. That is to complete a repair that is undetectable to all but forensic inspection, at a cost effective price, thereby saving the client the expense and inconvenience of replacement.
Now although our stone repair specialists have on occasions been asked to mend clay or concrete brick pavers in prominent areas of hard landscaping, we haven’t as yet been asked to tackle any potholes in the country’s highways. If at any time, however, the authorities decide it is important for the repairs to match the appearance as well as the contours of the road, we’ll be happy to get involved.