The rehabilitation of buildings is a problem, and a solution, that can bring many communities of neighbours or owners of large real estate upside down. In particular, buildings located in historical areas of any city tend to be more in need of improvements and possible reforms that ensure both their structural viability and the energy efficiency that is currently required of all types of real estate. Today we want to share 3 reasons to rehabilitate your building.
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3 reasons why a building should be rehabilitated:
1 – In the first place, we will have to stop to observe the possible existence of serious problems that make necessary the rehabilitation of the building. Thus, a first problem that may require an improvement intervention is the deterioration of the façade and the external elements, which can lead to landslides due to cracks and other damages that may occur due to the continued action of cold or rain.
2 – Another aspect that can force rehabilitation, and which is usually very common in buildings with great antiquity, is the deterioration of beams and pillars to the point of compromising the stability of the property and the safety of its inhabitants. But also, the interior areas can force an improvement intervention to adapt to the new times: the energy efficiency of the building or the accessibility for people with difficulties are usually deficits of the old buildings and must be corrected to ensure its habitability.
For these problems that require the rehabilitation of buildings, the solutions are very varied, since both the techniques and the reform materials have evolved greatly and provide optimal results in each intervention. Thus, for example, the use of special cements to fill cracks can be an effective method in restoring facades, which will then be painted and embellished to regain their original appearance.
3 – As regards structural safety, the use of concrete to reinforce beams and pillars is one of the most used and most effective means. On the other hand, changing windows and using insulation in the walls is very useful to improve the energy efficiency of the building, which will help to consume less energy inside.
After carrying out all or some renovation actions of a building the benefits for the owner or the tenants are evident:
In the first place, the building increases exponentially its value, both to be sold and rented, since to its historical value the quality of a reform is added that makes an old apartment have the same certifications and qualities as a new one.
On the other hand, energy saving will cause electricity, water or heating bills to be drastically reduced.
Finally, the aesthetic value of a rehabilitation of the facade, or the security that a structural reform brings, are aspects that improve the quality of the property and the life of its inhabitants.
Like all styles, the modern has its favourite materials where stone and wood stand out for its texture, colour and simple appearance but at the same time sophisticated, this is the reason why when walking down the street and finding buildings that manifest his predilection for this vanguard, there is, even if it is a touch, of stone and wood on the floor, the ceiling, the wall, the point is that they do not become absent.
4 Tips to Keep Aesthetics on The Facade
How do you want your facade to look? By pieces, coloured, patched, different finishes… or as new? Many times, we encounter problems located in some area of the facade, so we first consider a timely repair. But how will the whole facade look?
How to prevent the aesthetics of the facade of our building from being affected by strut actions.
Regardless of whether we need to act only in a specific area, for example, the roof sills, or the slab fronts, we have to ensure that the intervention will result in an elegant facade; and not as if it were shattered, which is how these specific interventions can end.
Next, we share with you four tips to avoid those unsightly finishes:
- To obtain that result, it is essential before starting, to ensure that the same construction material with which the original facade was made, is still for sale and available. Otherwise, confirm if there is the possibility of manufacturing it on request.
- In the case of the majority of ceramic materials (tiles, platelets), although the same reference of material is maintained, between different productions there is a difference of tone, which must be taken into account to avoid that our facade looks like a painting.
- If the finish is of ceramic platelet, you have to take a sample of the tone of the grouting (the mass that is between the platelets), to buy the most similar, since there are a lot of tones available.
- If our facade cladding material is very old, or discontinued, it is best to apply a finishing treatment to the entire facade, for example, by grouting it in its entirety, or by applying after patching a patina of finish that unifies the different materials.
These are some of the guidelines that most professionals follow with the objective of maintaining the aesthetics of the buildings where we intervene.
Finally, we leave you with this video, in which we remind you of the need to anchor well, during the rehabilitation of facades, the mouldings that especially we find around windows and horizontal strips of buildings with about or more than 100 years, to avoid future problems of landslides.
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