When painting and decorating period houses, we often come upon situations that you would not see in a modern house, such as lime render/plaster, sash windows, cornices and front doors which are over 100 years old, amongst other things, which all have to be dealt with accordingly. Lime render needs to breathe so it needs suitable breathable paints.
A painter and decorator also needs experience in how to deal with older wood, whether to replace parts or fill and repair the wood, and how to know the difference.
Often sash windows have been re-weighed and draft-proofed, this also needs a special approach when painting. In order to have the most effective draft-proofing, it is essential not to get paint on the brushes of the draft excluders.
It is important to know how to paint these period features without losing the detail, and what products to use in order to use the minimum coats of paint. Of course, a painter and decorator who has experience with old houses/period buildings, like us, knows the appropriate tradesmen for all of the above, if and when repairs are needed.