Chapter 29. Fabric Maintenance

  1. Jane M. Wiggins

Published Online: 9 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320466.ch29

Facilities Manager's Desk Reference

Facilities Manager's Desk Reference

How to Cite

Wiggins, J. M. (2010) Fabric Maintenance, in Facilities Manager's Desk Reference, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320466.ch29

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405186612

Online ISBN: 9781444320466



  • fabric maintenance;
  • building structures and maintenance implications;
  • fixtures, fittings and equipment (FF&E) components;
  • render, a wet system of application - applied in coats of two or three;
  • main maintenance problem with rendering - potential debonding from backing;
  • plaster, another wet material - used for internal surfaces;
  • ceramic wall tiles, in areas where hygiene is important;
  • sheet flooring, areas of heavy wear - or where impervious surface is required;
  • walls inspected for signs of cracking - movement on damp proof course (DPC) and loose copings;
  • plastic guttering, that requires no painting - virtually maintenance-free


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Maintenance implications of building structures

  • Fabric maintenance programmes

  • Internal and external finishes

  • External walls and building envelope

  • Guttering and rain downpipes