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Keeping up appearances- Facade Cleaning

"While aesthetics is the obvious - and primary - reason for cleaning a building façade, the effort to expose the substrate for evaluation and repair runs a close second. It is nearly impossible to gauge the condition of a masonry substrate, for example, when the façade is covered in dirt, grime, and/or a coating. In order to determine those areas that need to be patched, repaired, or resealed - or, in some cases, to even properly identify the substrate - the façade should be cleaned of any and all elements that preclude its proper evaluation.

Still another key motivation behind façade cleaning is the effort to remove damaging pollutants such as sulfur and nitrogen oxides, and other acid rain pollutants, from the façade. These pollutants serve to accelerate façade deterioration."

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Kim Zarney Brings Life Back to Downtown Through Restoration

""Downtowns which have a successful revamping program can expect a business increase of 25% to 27%," Zarney told us. "In Medina, the largest department store on the square saw its income double within the first three years of the project.""

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Dome of Capitol Building Undergoing Restoration

"The United States Capitol Dome, symbol of American democracy and world-renowned architectural icon, was constructed of cast iron more than 150 years ago. The Dome has not undergone a complete restoration since 1959-1960 and due to age and weather is now plagued by more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies.

The Architect of the Capitol recently began a multi-year project to repair these deficiencies, restoring the Dome to its original, inspiring splendor and ensuring it can safely serve future generations of visitors and employees as the roof of the Capitol.

“As stewards of the Capitol for the Congress and the American people, we must conduct this critical work to save the Dome,” said Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP. “From a distance the Dome looks magnificent, thanks to the hard-work of our employees. On closer look, under the paint, age and weather have taken its toll and the AOC needs to make repairs to preserve the Dome.”"

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Exterior Building Assessments-- Why They Are Important

The South Florida Cooperator writes, "It is recommended that reserve studies are updated every three to five years. Routine inspections could be done even more frequently. “For condos, survey inspections of exteriors should be performed on a routine basis, every year or so,” says Chalaire. “This keeps the association knowledgeable about the locations and extents of any repairs needed. The results of an engineering survey for framing damage (cracks, spalls) can help the association plan for repairs on a consistent basis. Damages typically get worse exponentially with time, so older structures should be looked at more often,” she says."

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Dinty Moore's Cafe Facade Hidden Under Johnson City Building

"The owners at Smith, Booksh & Farrell recently removed the facade to their location at 249 E. Main St. in downtown Johnson City to see that it revealed a sign saying "Dinty Moore's Cafe." The tile on the other side will be removed this weekend and the owners hope it will reveal secrets of the past just like the other side."

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Links to Funding Information for Historic Preservation Projects

"Welcome to the grant and fundraising guide for historic and cultural resource preservation.  With so many resources available, our goal is to bring these great financial resources together in one place for the benefit of the preservation community. 

Unfortunately, most funding and grant programs are available for not-for-profit organizations only.  However, we have identified resources available to those seeking funding for projects related to their primary residence."

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Windows Are the Eyes of a Building- Don't Neglect Those Peepers!

"Like a chain, a building envelope is only as strong as its weakest link. Boards and managers often spend a lot of time and effort maintaining exterior elements like drainage, flashing, and so forth, only to neglect one of the most important features of their association’s envelope: the windows.

Windows provide light, views, ventilation, protection from the elements, and in some cases a means of egress. In order to function properly, a window must be resistant to water and air infiltration, must be strong enough to resist pulling away from the building or deforming under wind pressure, must resist impact in hurricane zones, and must limit the conduction of heat from one side to another. In specific instances, windows may also be required to meet elevated structural and fire resistance standards."

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Get the most out of your building repair project with these guidelines

"[...] solutions for some of the frequently asked questions pertaining to building repairscorrosion problems, restoration of buildings and structural rehabilitation of buildings. These can provide useful guidance for customers who want to undertake maintenance or repair work of their buildings."

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