Roadblocks to Preserving Old Homes
By ashburnscus6326777, Oct 14 2016 10:59PM
The preservation of older, historic homes is a noble pursuit, protecting the rich history, artistry and legacy of the varying eras of residential and commercial architectural history. But sometimes preserving older estates and homes is a complex task given that preservation efforts can be easily complicated by faulty foundations and dilapidated floors.
Dilapidated or deteriorated floors can compromise the safety of a home or estate that is in the midst of preservation and can ultimately undo your efforts. Preservation experts advise rickety or old floors be restored before the preservation process begins.
Preserving Historic Wooden Floors
Older floors were generally constructed using long-lasting woods such as maple, fir and oak because they were both beautiful and sturdy.Wooden floors allowed architects to create new designs with inlays, leading to new techniques like parquet.
Preserving original wooden floors requires that traditional, historic materials be used in the preservation process that must be applied gently. Common wooden preservation methods include:
• Removing paint from hardwood floors by gently hand-scraping wood
• Applying putty to visible nail holes
• Administering semi-rigid epoxy to decayed wood and sanding the surface after it has fully hardened.
• Replacing damaged wooden boards with wood boards from another part of the home or estate such as a closet or storage room.
Preserving Historic Tile Floors
The use of tile floors in residential architecture is a time-tested technique used by dozens of cultures around the world. Tile materials vary from wood-fired clay tablets to glazed, modern ceramic tiles.
A common problem with tiles is the grout between tiles and the tiles themselves are susceptible to developing cracks as the house settles over time. Tools needed to repair these cracks include:
• A wide palette of different colored, unsanded grout
• Plywood board
• Plastic putty knife, 1 ½ inches
• Debris removal tool with small tip
Although you can follow a complicated step-by-step process of fixing the cracks in your grout and tiles yourself using the aforementioned tools, it’s best to let flooring restoration and preservation experts handle the job.
Ashburn Custom Floors Restoration Services
Attempting to restore or preserve historic floors on your own can easily go wrong quickly. Ashburn Custom Floors’ team of experts can provide superb natural restoration and refinishing services to preserve the antiquity of your floors, preparing your home or estate for the overall preservation process. Our team is well-versed in preservation methods with a variety of older, antiquated materials.
Ashburn Custom Floors has serviced dozens of historic businesses and estates including amphitheaters, dance floors and mansions. Contact Ashburn Custom Floors today to restore or preserve your floors so you can commence preservation efforts without worrying about compromising the foundation, integrity and legacy of your historic home, business or estate.
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