A heritage or historical building is a joy but restoring it requires time, patience and attention to detail. There are many historic buildings in America and many are government-owned. According to the General Services Administration (GSA), there are 482 historic buildings in its government inventory, 374 of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A smattering of other government-owned buildings also exist and are listed as landmarks or form part of historic districts. Together with privately-owned heritage buildings these beautiful feats of architecture contribute to the character of communities and preserve the artisanship of the past. They often, though, require significant repair.
But while government-owned historic buildings have government funding and resources to tap into when repairs and restoration are needed, individually-owned buildings and community buildings such as churches need to seek other financial means. Such projects can be extremely daunting and overwhelming, but are ultimately worthwhile.
From old barns converted to domestic dwellings to historic churches that need to be repaired, building preservation and restoration is on the rise. It is vital, then, to understand some of the work that might be required.
Sandblasting services can be used to restore brick work and stone work. Sandblasting involves the use of abrasive material — in this case sand — to clean or remove a coating from a surface. It can remove residues such as pollutant-build-up, oil and other dirt. Sandblasting services can be modified depending on the needs, meaning that pressure and grade of abrasive material can vary. This ensures that the sandblasting cleans without doing additional damage to the building, vital in restoration projects. Sandblasting can also be used for grafitti removal and is safe and effective for cleaning exterior fittings such as shutters. It is also helpful in ensuring that paint adheres to the building facade.
In a restoration project, painting contractors will need to ensure that they deliver a facade in keeping with the look and feel of the historical building, careful not to damage it or change the overall look. Such exterior painting often requires substantial preparation, not only to ensure a lasting paint job but also to assist in the preservation of the exterior. Removing flaking paint, caulking and priming before painting can all help to ensure a quality finish, while also identifying areas in need of repair and restoration. An experienced exterior painter can advise on the best approach to the repainting of such buildings.