We would all love to be able to restore a Historic building to its former glory – or at least hire the right Historic Restoration Contractors to do the job – but it’s never easy. You’re essentially fighting against time itself whenever you’re restoring a Historic property, and many of the materials and techniques that were used to build any given historic structure simply might no longer exist. Even the best Rhode Island Historic Restoration Contractors will have their work cut out for them.
Since Historic Restoration of any Rhode Island property is always very difficult, mistakes are quite common. Some of these are fairly simple and easy to fix, but others can practically derail a promising Restoration project. If you’re somehow involved in restoring an old property, here are a few common mistakes that you should avoid.
Choosing the Wrong Paint
Working to be one of the premier painting contractors in Rhode Island, we understand how important it is to choose the correct paint for a project. Unfortunately, many in our industry like to choose “cheaper” paint that works well with a new structure but does not work at all for Historic Restoration. If it is up to you to choose what kind of paint is going into a Historic Restoration, we encourage a few extra dollars to be spent in buying a high-quality paint that will last longer than much “cheaper” products.
Waterproofing an old building sounds like a great idea, but it can do more harm than good. Many historic buildings were built before modern waterproofing techniques were being widely used, but they were built in such a way that minimizes water damage. They are built from many different materials that intersect at lines of unequal expansion and contraction. Modern waterproofing can eventually force moisture into these lines, and the results can potentially be disastrous.
Using the Wrong Mortar
Failing mortar joints are common in older buildings, it makes a lot of sense that any Restoration project would require contractors to possibly repair brick walls and fireplaces. One problem with this is that much modern mortar is based on Portland cement, while older mortar is lime based. Portland cement is very hard and doesn’t transmit water very easily, which is why it is so popular in modern construction. The challenge is that it does not work well with older bricks. In fact, it can cause these softer bricks to start to deteriorate and cause even more damage to the structure. Portland cement also tends to look different from lime based cement when it dries, and it often stands out when it is used in Restoration projects.
Historic restoration is far more challenging than people realize, and it is easy to make mistakes.
The right team of house painters and carpenters, however, can do a great job and make even the oldest buildings look like new.
Finding a company that specializes in Rhode Island Historic Restoration is extremely important, if you want the job done right.
Fortunately, LOPCO Contracting is here to help you. If you want us to be involved with your next Historic Restoration project, contact us today and let us know what you are looking to do.