Most old houses have high ceilings, wood windows and doors Markham, timber floors, and their rooms are full of natural lighting. Others have wood-burning fireplaces, and this makes these spaces feel warm and homely.
However, since most of these homes are old, they need some love and care. This means that the caretakers should give constant attention and maintenance to parts like the windows and doors Markham to maintain the house’s rich history.
1. How To Maintain The Home’s Beauty And Keep The History
Old houses are built with unique materials, which are hard to find in today’s market. Since the homeowner wants to maintain the house’s history, taking care of the windows and doors Markham, floor, ceiling, and walls would go a long way to helping their homes remain vintage and keep its history.
Also, when you think of renovating, it is essential to think of what needs to be fixed, repaired, or replaced. This is because the timber used on that floor in 1970 might not be available today, and if it is, it will cost more and could be of lower quality.
The electrical switches might also be different from today’s, which means they need to be replaced. Other things like fading walls, doors, and windows can be repainted instead of replacing. Other stuff in your old home that might need replacing are;
Most water pipes are meant to serve for up to 50 years. After this, the pipes might start corroding, releasing rust into the water, contaminating it. Rust can also clog the pipes, and this will stop water from flowing.
Since some pipes are built in walls or under the house, it is essential to contact your real estate agent on how your pipes are placed. They will also help you know how long the pipes have lasted and if they need replacement.
You can also call a certified plumber to remove the damaged parts for you and replace them. They can also identify parts that might fail after a few years.
Your old home’s electrical wiring is different from modern homes. Some constructors put wiring inside the ceilings and walls. Since electricity was not widely used in the past, today we mostly rely on it and need more sockets.
Some old homes have ancient sockets which need to be replaced. Other wiring cause dimming of bulbs and flickering of lights. You can contact a certified electrician to check your wiring and replace those that are unsafe.
4. Old Windows And Doors
If your old house’s windows and doors Markham are made of wood, you will notice that they either have cracks, have swollen, or their locking systems are broken. This reduces your home’s security and makes it vulnerable to intruders.
Also, your old home could be having single glass panes which are not energy efficient. You need to contact a constructor to replace your broken windows and doors. You can choose an energy-efficient material like wood and fiberglass.
It is also essential to choose a type that adds artistry to your home. Buy a double or triple-paned window for energy efficiency and noise insulation. If the current windows and doors are not completely damaged, you can repair them and install a new locking system.
5. Lead Paint
Most constructors of old homes used lead paint because it dried quickly. Lead is harmful to humans when inhaled. If your old house has lead-painted walls, you need to remove that. You can use scrapping tools to scrap the paint from the walls and windows and doors Markham.
Always inspect your gutters, chimneys, and walls for asbestos in old homes. It is confirmed that more than a third of old houses contain asbestos. If you want to buy an old home, make sure you know of its asbestos profile.
You can only know if there is asbestos in your home by sending a sample to the lab. If the results come out positive, you can remove them.
You do not want to do window replacement Markham in your old home only to find out you have to do other replacements such as gutters due to high levels of asbestos.