Architectural Woodwork Restoration & Repair

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Architectural Woodwork & Restoration

At BAFRA, we provide access to architectural woodwork & restoration specialists. Every member has been rigorously assessed and vetted. Our members are all established businesses that are fully accredited and work to the highest standards and ethics.

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What is architectural woodwork restoration?

Architectural woodwork is used to describe any bespoke-made wooden products that are featured in a building’s interior or exterior. It is a process that involves the hand-made design, manufacture and installation of structures including doors, windows, staircases, shelving, wall panelling, trims and many other creative architectural features. Architectural woodwork restoration involves the process of repairing, preserving, and restoring these wooden elements within buildings to their original or desired condition.

Why might I need architectural woodwork restoration?

Over time, wooden materials often become blemished experiencing damage to the finish or separating from other components causing holes. Architectural woodwork restoration and repair procedures address these defects. Addressing the common issues of architectural woodwork through restoration helps maintain the original aesthetics, functionality, and structural integrity, ensuring its longevity and historical value. Architectural woodwork restoration can also improve and conserve the condition of existing woodwork, which is crucial for preserving the integrity and character of a structure and ensuring its longevity. It also enhances the aesthetic appeal and value of the property.

What are common issues with architectural woodwork that require restoration?

Common issues with architectural woodwork include wood rot, insect damage, water damage, cracks, splits, warping, peeling paint or finishes, and deterioration due to age or neglect. Exposure to moisture, especially in humid or damp environments, can lead to wood rot and decay. Rotting wood weakens the structure and compromises the integrity of the architectural woodwork. Wood-boring insects such as termites, beetles, and carpenter ants can cause significant damage to wooden elements, including structural weakening and unsightly holes. Over time, wood can develop cracks and splits due to changes in temperature, humidity, or the natural ageing process. These cracks can compromise the wood's strength and aesthetics. Exposure to moisture or uneven drying can cause wood to warp, twist, or bow, altering the shape and appearance of architectural woodwork.

What techniques are used during architectural woodwork restoration?

Techniques may include filling with wood putty, epoxy resin, or wood filler, to repair any cracks, followed by sanding and refinishing. The choice of technique depends on the severity and type of damage. Damaged sections are carefully removed and replaced with new wood that matches the original in type, grain, and finish. Our skilled experts may also replicate intricate details to match the existing woodwork. Matching the original finish involves analysing the existing finish, experimenting with various stains or finishes, and adjusting until the desired match is achieved. BAFRA professionals often have expertise in this area.

Why choose a BAFRA-accredited member to restore architectural woodwork?

The importance of having architectural woodwork restored by a BAFRA-accredited qualified craftsman cannot be stressed enough. BAFRA members have in-depth knowledge based on more than 20 years of experience restoring, repairing and conserving architectural woodwork. Hiring a BAFRA-accredited member with expertise in architectural woodwork restoration ensures that the restoration process is done correctly and that the beauty and historical value of the woodwork are preserved.

Find BAFRA Accredited Architectural Woodwork & Restoration Specialists

All accredited, full members are required to have at least five years as a conservation-restoration professional (the average member today has 23 years of experience) and pass an exacting assessment on their skills, knowledge and business credentials. Our members acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments in the craft of architectural woodwork.

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Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.


Every one of our members are required to have a minimum of 5 years' professional experience, although the average is well over 20 years' experience.


Honesty and authenticity are our key principles, and we ensure that all members are fully vetted and must hold appropriate insurance. We also offer a comprehensive complaints mediation service.

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