High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Old House, New Exterior: Upgrades To Make Your Historic Home Look Like New

Construction & Contractors Blog

When you have an older house, you enjoy the unique architecture, woodwork, and charm that you don't see in homes today. However, the exteriors of more intricate older homes can begin to show their age, especially if they have not been well maintained in the past. If your old house exterior is starting to look tired, peeling, dirty, or decayed, here are some exterior upgrades you should consider in order to preserve or restore the exterior of your beautiful historic home. 

1. Exterior paint.

Painting the exterior of your old house is essential if you still have original siding. Wood siding or wooden shingles were the most common finishing material for exteriors, and they require a good deal of maintenance, including sealing and paint. Unfortunately, over the course of several decades, the maintenance may have lagged behind, and your siding could have worn parts, pieces missing, or peeling paint.

It's a big job to restore wood siding, but it is worth it. Covering up old wood siding with vinyl is a temporary fix, but the vinyl doesn't allow the house to breathe as easily, and it makes it hard to spot damage to the wood underneath from moisture or insects. Instead, hire a paint company to scrape and paint your exterior. Worn or missing pieces of siding can be replaced.

If your old home has stucco or brick, painting is still a suitable option, but you need to make sure you have damages repaired by a masonry professional before layering on the paint. 

2. Repair or Replace Windows

Windows are a very important part of the finished look of an old house. They often have beautiful exterior framing, and the windows themselves may have unique details. Many people pull out old window and replace them with vinyl, but in an older home, this can remove a lot of charm. Instead, consider restoring old windows with sanding, painting, and new glass glazing. If the window is too far gone to restore, replace it with a wooden window that is similar in design to the originals. 

3. Keep the little details. 

Most older homes have details that make them special. You don't want these to fade away or be hidden -- you want to highlight them. For example, if you have beautiful gingerbread moulding, don't just paint it the same color as the siding. Take the time to find a complementary color to really let the molding shine. These little details will make the old house shine, but restoring them will also make it look like a whole new house. 

Visit a site like http://www.jmaintenanceco.com for more help.


23 December 2017