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Browse our varied publications, ranging from visitor guides and coffee table books to conservation guidance leaflets and academic reference reports.
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This INFORM guide provides an overview of the types of biological growths that are commonly found on Scottish building and historic structures, and gives advice on their monitoring and management.
This INFORM guide document examines measures that can be taken to minimise the threat birds pose to our built heritage environment and the ways in which they can be controlled.
This INFORM guide first gives a description of the structure of a flat roof. The signs of common problems are then listed before looking at ways to repair roofs and eradicate such problems.
Many building owners are choosing to re-instate boundary ironwork which has fallen into disrepair or was perhaps removed for the war effort. This INFORM guide provides relevant advice.
This technical, advice & guidance INFORM guide, "Bronze", is an introduction to bronze, with guidance on its problems and planning appropriate maintenance work. Read the document today.
This INFORM guide provides some historical background to the use of corrugated iron and outlines the various issues relating to the conservation, repair and maintenance of the material.
This INFORM guide provides guidance on ceramic floor tiles. The various types and layouts of tiles are considered such as geometric tiles, encaustic tiles and quarry tiles.
This guide, "Clay Mortars for Masonry Buildings", explains how clay and clay-rich earth have traditionally been used in Scotland to make mortars for masonry wall construction and surface finishing.
An INFORM guide to the risks and consequences of cleaning sandstone masonry.
This INFORM guide outlines the symptoms, likely causes, and repair options of damp gables.
"Damp: Causes and Solutions" is an INFORM guide that helps the reader to recognise the causes and early signs of damp as well as offering guidance on rectifying damp problems.
"Decorative Paint Finishes: Graining and Marbling" is an INFORM guide that aims to assist in identifying, protecting and reinstating historic grained or marbled finishes.