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Things to Consider Before Taking On A Historical Restoration Project

Historical Building Restoration Masonry

Restoring an historical building is a complex process, a project that is much more difficult than restoring modern buildings. Here are some important aspects that you need to bear in mind:

  • Consider the building structure and the amenities first – the first thing you need is a structural evaluation of the building. For that, you will need a building restoration expert to check the condition of the walls, of the foundation, of the roof and of any important load-bearing component. You will need to do the same with plumbing, the electrical wiring and all the other amenities. The restoration process should always start with the structural elements and the amenities;
  • Maintain the style of the building – historical buildings are all about character, so you will need to make sure that the ornaments and other, exterior and interior décor features are maintained. Take pictures of the building before the restoration starts and get all the ornamental elements recreated to be able to restore the building’s original beauty;
  • Find out about the requirements comprised in local building codes – many states and regions have specific requirements when it comes to restoring historical buildings, so consulting local building codes is a very important preliminary step before the restoration is started.

Can Stone Be Installed Over a Brick Exterior?

Masonry Work Stone Brick

If you are looking for an elegant solution to refresh the appearance of your building from the outside, stone, more precisely stone veneer is a great solution. Brick exteriors are great and durable, but after a while, the material starts crumbling – fortunately, brick buildings stay strong even when time seems to say its word, so you can easily refresh it by installing stone on the surface. Here are a few things that you should know about:

  • Pay attention to preparing the surface – stone can be installed directly on the brick, but only after making sure that the brick provides a stable base for the veneer. The first step is the removal of any paint from the brick surface (you must never install stone on a painted wall). You can prepare the surface through washing or sandblasting – don’t stop until you achieve a surface that is porous, but no longer crumbling;
  • Apply a layer of rough mortar or install cement board on the surface to enable the wall to receive the stone;
  • Wait until the surface is completely dry;
  • Choose the right type of veneer – stone veneer comes in three main types: artificial stone made from cement is attractive and easy to install, therefore suitable for DIY handling; natural stone is more expensive and also needs some experience to handle properly and faux stone, made from polyurethane.

There are many professional options to improve the exterior of your building from http://www.nemasonry.com, along with a wide range of exterior products and services.

How to Choose the Right Contractor for Home Renovation

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Whether you are planning a small home repair project or a major overhaul, picking the right masonry restoration Connecticut contractor is essential for success. Here is how to hire the right specialist:

  • Use every source of information available – ask everyone you know to recommend you contractors and search online for the right specialist, too. Check the reputation of all the recommended contractors – there are lots of great forums and review websites where you can find out how honest and knowledgeable local contractors are. You should also check the licenses of the contractors that seem right – you should only hire a contractor who has a valid license to work in your state;
  • Contact the contractors on your list – personal contact is just as important as credentials and licenses. Call the contractors on your list, describe your project and invite them to see the job site – the way the contractors talk to you, how willing they are to explain the processes to you and to answer your questions will reveal a lot and will help you decide which one of them to hire;
  • Ask for detailed cost estimates – getting written estimates is also an essential step in evaluating contractors. Obtain at least three estimates and compare them not only in terms of prices, but also in terms of quality and warranties.

Protecting Your Building from Too Much Moisture

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Excessive moisture can cause many problems in a home, from the appearance of mold, mildew and rot to rust, peeling paint, damaged wood components, health problems and lots of other issues. Fortunately, there are many great ways to prevent all these issues – here are some:

  • Ensure that your roof and your gutters are strong and healthy – two of the principle sources of excessive moisture in and around homes are roof leaks and inefficient gutters that cannot direct water away from the building and soak the walls and the basement. Check the two structures and perform any repairs deemed necessary or, even better, get a professional roofer to perform the checks and the repairs for you;
  • Check the water pipes and the other components of the plumbing system – burst water pipes can also cause the excessive accumulation of moisture, so checking and repairing any fault of the water supply system is also essential. Dripping faucets and leaky reservoirs can also lead to excessive humidity, so make sure to check and repair these fixtures, too.  Make sure to have a Connecticut masonry expert repair any damages to exterior walls and foundation;
  • Add insulation – wall and attic insulation play not only the role of preventing energy exchange – insulation of the right type and thickness also maintains the humidity inside the home at optimal levels.