What is the difference between Refurbishment and Restoration?

The words refurbishment and restoration are often used interchangeably, but they are two separate industries with distinct purposes. In this blog, we will explain the difference between these two industries and how Skill Stone can expertly assist you.

What is the difference?

Typically, refurbishment refers to the process of renovating or updating a building’s interior or systems to improve functionality or appearance without focusing on preserving historical authenticity and is done through cleaning, equipping or decorating. Whereas restoration, emphasises returning a structure to its original state or enhancing its historical character while ensuring structural integrity and longevity. At Skill Stone, we specialise in restoration and have worked on historical buildings throughout the UK.


Examples of Refurbishment

Refurbishment can cover many jobs involved in the process of transforming a space from cosmetic renovations like painting and decorating to more major work, such as alterations, conversions, repair work and extensions. This can take place on any property and if the correct approach is followed from initial planning to the execution, then it’s possible for a refurbishment to extend a property’s lifetime significantly.

Here at Skill Stone, we have an expert team that comprises bricklayers, electricians, plumbers and carpenters who work for commercial clients and local authorities on building new projects throughout the UK. We are also experts in stone repair work and have the facilities to manufacture supply and fit casting stone. If you have a project coming up and would like to work with Skill Stone, call our team today – 01162718533

Examples of Restoration

We love restorations and have countless examples of buildings throughout Leicester and the UK that we have expertly restored and brought back to their former glory. Similarly to refurbishment, restoration can cover many jobs involved in the process of transforming a historical building from masonry to treatments that restore various surfaces to their original state. With restorations, it takes a multi-level approach to tackle each individual building to ensure they stand the test of time for decades to come.

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Which service do I need?

Deciding on whether you would like to refurbish or restore a project often comes down to the historical context of the property. If you have a property that is grade-listed or has some history to it, we always suggest that you restore rather than refurbish to bring the natural features back to life. If you have a property that’s new or lacks character, then opt for refurbishment or renovation, as this can provide a new vision for the property for years to come. Still unsure? Our team is always on hand to answer questions you may have:

Email – info@skill-stone.co.uk

Phone – 01162718533

How can Skill Stone Help?

We specialise in a range of services, including historical and contemporary conservation and restoration for grade-listed buildings, brick replacement and repairs, concrete repairs and much more. We have a strong reputation in Leicester and the East Midlands for delivering high-quality services that stand the test of time. We have a wealth of experience restoring a wide range of building types from railway stations to memorials to churches and businesses. We welcome the opportunity to be involved in the challenges of new projects.