James Breck Ltd - Tel: 0131 228 4080



We have completed a wide range of masonry repairs and replacements to traditional properties; this normally involves replacing defective stone to elevations, chimneys, walls, etc. We use locally sourced sandstone to match the existing property as closely as possible.

All of our Masons are fully qualified and hold valid CSCS cards. Our masonry workforce have completed the Historic Scotland developed & approved National Progression Award for the Conservation of Masonry.

Masonry and Stonework Services


Whilst many contractors employ labourers for this kind of work, James Breck Ltd employees only specialist tradesmen who have completed their training at the Scottish Lime Centre.

All works are completed as per the SLC guidelines on the use of traditional materials, preparation, application and protection of the works during the curing process.

Re-Pointing and Lime Re-Pointing Services

Chimney Repair

Where possible we employ varying methods in order to conserve the existing chimney in order to extend its serviceable life. This often involves a range of practices including partial re-pointing works, repairs to existing stonework including "Lithomex Restoration Mortar" repairs as well as rendering and harling to suit the individual situation. We have vast experience in using traditional lime renders and polymer based cement renders.

In some cases the repair of a chimney may be impractical or unsafe. In these cases, the demolition and rebuild of chimneys might be required. We are fully experienced in the demolition and rebuild of chimneys in brick or stone as required. In some cases (at the request of the owner and in compliance with local planning legislation) it's possible to take away chimney heads altogether.

Re-Pointing and Lime Re-Pointing Services

Slating & Tiling

Roofers (and slaters more specifically), make up a high proportion of our workforce. We carry out all types of slating and tiling work. This includes full re-slates as well as regular maintenance/overhaul of existing slopes. We are well versed in all types of slating; single/double nailed, decorative turrets, bellcasts and roundels.

We have a dedicated team of roof tiling tradesmen who carry out a wide range of tiling types including Rosemary, Pan Tiles, Pottelberg's to name but a few.

Slating & Tiling Services

Platform Roofs

James Breck is approved by IKO (Ruberoid) Plc to apply 2 and 3 layer torch applied systems to platform roofs. We undertake this kind of work on a regular basis to both large and small areas, with a range of finishes to include mineral finishes in various colours and plain finished felt systems.

At the clients request we can fit insulation to the platform roof in order to improve your home's energy efficiency. The installation of insulation and roof lights to a platform roof can help to take advantage of otherwise unused space within the attic and this will normally not need planning approval. The installation of solar panels can be discussed with individual clients.

Platform Roofing Services


We undertake a wide range of traditional lead work including all flashings, watergates, platform coverings, backgutters to chimneys, centre valleys, ridges and valleys.

Whilst our lead working department is vastly experience, we also invest in the future of this trade with an award winning apprenticeship programme.

Leadwork Services

Cast Iron (Guttering/Pipework)

Our plumbers are experience in completing all aspects of cast iron work from the simple to the complex, from rhones and downpipes to the more challenging internal pipes.

Where new sections of cast iron are required (i.e around decorative turrets and bay windows) but are not readily stocked by suppliers, we employee local blacksmiths and forgers to create new bespoke mouldings tailored to suite the application.

Cast Iron (Guttering/Pipework) Services


James Breck regularly replace such items as rooflights, cupolas, sash and case windows, roof ladders, sarking boards and all aspects of joinery work external and internal.

Our in house joinery shop makes all of the above from scratch using the best possible materials.

Joinery Services


As well as a dedicated team of masons we also employ bricklayers who rebuild chimneys, walling and extensions.

Most of the brickwork we complete will be traditionally harled or rendered but it can equally be finished in a variety of decorative or facing bricks.

Brickwork Services
James Breck Ltd Accreditations - NFRC, Construction Line, CITB Construction Skills, Trust Mark, FMB, EBC