Replacing the siding on a historic home can be a nerve-wracking task for any homeowner. This is because not only will you need to choose the right siding that won’t compromise the home’s historic and rustic charm, but you’ll likely need to wrestle with some red tape with your local government as well. With that in mind, it’s best that you know what you can and can’t do when re-siding a historic home.
Do: Choose a Siding That Can Be Painted
When choosing a siding for your old home, make sure to choose one that can be repainted. This is because the color is a unique feature for old houses, and if you have any plans of selling your home in the future, the new owners may want to repaint it in a different color. If you’re having difficulties in choosing a siding, you can always ask your local roofer and siding experts for advice.
Don’t: Try to Make It Look New
The biggest reason people are drawn to historical homes is the natural materials that make up their character and authentic charm. Therefore, as much as possible, don’t try to make your historic home look “new” when re-siding it to avoid eliminating these traits. Never allow your contractor to remove the wood windows and other architectural components to make the re-siding process easier as well, or you might lose a great deal of your home’s value.
Do: Check if Your Home Is Subject to Protective Legislation
On the other hand, before committing to the re-siding project, be sure to check in with your local municipality, and determine if your home has been declared a historic property. If it is, then it’s likely that there are a few preservation ordinances put in place to protect its architectural character, limiting what you can do during the re-siding project. To see the design guidelines and procedures that these ordinances govern, you can contact your local historic board or even the National Register of Historic Places.
Don’t: Use Vinyl or Aluminum Siding
This may come as a surprise to you, but you shouldn’t use vinyl or aluminum siding when your replacing the siding of your old home. This is because these siding materials won’t allow the house to breathe, making it vulnerable to various kinds of damage, such as moisture issues, wood rot and even termite infestations.
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