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Restoring an Old Structure: Avoid Making These 5 Common Mistakes?

By: Bob Fortune

Created: Aug 29, 2014

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Old houses are gems, but preserving them is indeed a hefty task. But by understanding and knowing the common mistakes that we make while repairing them, we can increase the longevity of the house. Here’s what masonry contractors in Hinsdale say about this.

Old houses are symbols of antiquity and vintage pride. And, you’re surely a lucky fellow if you’ve got an old house to yourself. But they must also be maintained very properly and efficiently otherwise you may have to shell out hefty amounts from your pockets for its regular updo.
In this article, we shall provide you a list of those common mistakes which you make often and, hence, not only lower the longevity of the house but also ravish your pockets—

1) No More Cheap Paints

Paints not only make the house look better, but also protect the house against a lot of climatic hazards. So, choose the paint properly. Invest in good quality paint. If you’re hiring professionals for the job, keep a track of the paints they buy. Do your homework, and if possibly ask them the amount of paints they’ll need to do the house, and likewise, buy them yourself.

2) Prim and Prep the Walls Properly

No matter how much better paints you buy, if you’re walls are not prepared properly, then be prepared to see flaky paints in no time. Before you start painting, scale off the old paints and dust the wall properly off any dirt or dust. Then prime your walls with a good quality primer before painting them anew.

3) No Waterproof Exteriors

Waterproof exteriors may be “in” now, but for residential purposes those are better be avoided. Instead, you may use mineral silicate paints which not only transmit around 90% of the internal water vapor but also make the house much more durable than their waterproof counterparts.

4) Using the Wrong Mortal

Before painting your house, you must make it a point to learn the art of mixing mortars. There are two kinds of mortars available—lime and Portland cement—and, no matter which you’re using, you must make it a point to learn the directions for use before using them straightway.

5) No Waterproof Interiors

If you think waterproof interiors will prevent damps to seep in, then you’re wrong. Instead, the water gets accumulated in the masonry foundation walls and wrecks havoc on the building. There are some simple techniques by which you can solve this problem.

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