The Devil's In The Details And The Gutters: Include Refurbishing Protective Systems In Any Historic Building Renovation

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Renovating an older building is a challenge and a process of discovery. Many property owners develop a new respect and appreciation for older technology and materials when they fix up a neglected architectural treasure from the past. They soon learn that a historic property's rebirth isn't merely a cosmetic transformation.

As you restore your older building's many aesthetic features, take special care to include its protective and utilitarian components. The roof's drainage system is a good example of a historic feature to make right before you invest in interior décor that will only be damaged by the next big rain.

Moisture is a historic building's mortal enemy.

Water from rain and snow must be diverted from the roof in order to protect the building below from an infiltration of moisture and precipitation. If your historic building's upper drainage system is not functioning properly, water can damage the roof, windows, insulation, and other materials in the building. Heavy cascades of water may discolor siding or damage sensitive landscaping.

Study the particular type of drainage system used on your building's roof and have it examined by professionals to determine which repairs need to happen to make it fully functional. Be aware that not all old roofs relied on gutters to divert downpours, but some had drainage chambers and stops built into their roof lines. Decorative drains in the shapes of gargoyles may have released roof water, or it may have been diverted by a scupper and additional pipes.

Research the gutters used during your building's time period.

Restoring your building to its former architectural brilliance will be wasted energy if you slap up any old gutter system. A modern drainage system on the wrong home will detract from the overall appeal of the restoration.

Rolled aluminum, wood, cast iron, and copper are all materials used at various times as gutter material. You can still source authentic reproductions of old gutter components, but an alternative solution is to use the modern half-round gutters in a shade that mimics the older materials.

A pioneer or colonial home that originally sported wooden half-round gutters won't look silly with dark brown aluminum half round gutters. These and other styles of gutters come in traditional copper, galvanized steel, and newer plastic that resembles cast iron to suit buildings from many architectural periods.

Gutter and drainage installation specialists are the best sources of information about how to restore your historic building's drainage system. They can also help you modernize your gutter system if you make substantial changes to the roof itself.

For more information, contact Gutter Magician NKY or a similar company.

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