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See our FAQs section, below for more information.
Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions we get from our new clients:
- What information should I know about planning a restoration project?
- How can I get cost estimates so I can prepare a budget for my project?
- What benefits can Glass & Concrete Contracting give me over the competition?
- I don't have a traditional property, how can you accommodate a unique project?
- Do you have a list of references I can contact?
- Where can I get additional information on historic preservation?
1. What information should I know about planning a restoration project?
The first step in planning a restoration project is to decide whether you want to tackle the planning and construction yourself, or hire a general contractor, architect or both. Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. We have worked with a lot of "do-it-yourself" property owners and our style works well with this model, especially with smaller buildings. We can take on and handle the building exterior and the owner hires contractors and oversees the interior project. We have also done many large scale projects and worked alongside architects and general contractors. Also, if your property is a historic property, you may be eligible for state and federal grants and tax incentives. Scroll to the bottom of this page for links. Many local cities also have programs that can provide assistance for projects such as yours so be sure to contact your local building office.
2. How can I get cost estimates so I can prepare a budget for my project?
We can start out by completing an Exterior Analysis and Restoration Plan. This plan is a valuable resource when it comes to budgeting, bidding and planning a restoration project. The information you will receive will contain a detailed list of scopes and will be accented with color pictures of the necessary repairs. It may be broken down into phases based on scheduling needs and will also include an estimate for budgeting and bidding purposes. Each exterior analysis and restoration plan is taken on a case by case basis and may vary depending on the project.
Once an exterior analysis and restoration plan is completed, we will be able to give you a realistic estimate as to how much it will cost to restore the exterior portion of your building. You will then secure estimates and bids from other parties such as an architect, general contractor, or specialty contractors such as demolition, carpenter, drywall or painter. Be sure to check with your local building inspector to check on any code compliance issues ahead of time and if you will be taking any existing insulation or piping out check for asbestos. Make sure every portion of the project is covered and then add about 10% extra cost into your budget. There is always a possibility of unforeseen issues with restoration projects.
3. What benefits can Glass & Concrete Contracting give me over the competition?
The successful restoration of a building requires a unique combination of skills. Glass & Concrete Contracting is a highly specialized exterior company providing a full range of waterproofing and restoration services. Since our beginning, we have been restoring, repairing and maintaining a wide variety of institutional, religious and historic properties throughout the Southeastern United States. We have the experience and expertise to utilize the safest vertical access the industry can provide, while exceeding the most stringent O.S.H.A. industry guidelines. Our goal is to preserve as much of the building's original structure and architectural characteristics as possible. These services performed by a highly specialized and dedicated company, can make substantial savings in contract prices and project deadlines, as well as reduce overall owner liabilities and paperwork. Glass & Concrete Contracting is dedicated to reviving our nation's history through recuperative efforts of rehabilitating buildings to their original glory.
4. I don't have a traditional property, how can you accommodate a unique project?
The short answer is that all of our projects are unique. We are known for working on many different types of projects and overcoming factors that would leave many contractors scratching their heads. Some of the unique issues we have faced over the years include overhangs, round sections of building, odd shaped buildings, and protrusions on structures from 2 stories to 60 stories. We have worked on churches, railroad stations, office buildings, hotels, condos, retail stores, hospitals, stadiums and parking garages; built over 100 years ago to just a few years ago. We have worked on very small jobs (like changing a light bulb) to complete restorations which can last years.
5. Do you have a list of references I can contact?
Yes. Navigate to our contact page and you can call, e-mail or fill out a form requesting a reference sheet. Please give us a little information about your project (i.e. high-rise, historic, evaluation only etc.) so that we may include the best references for the project.
6. Where can I get additional information on historic preservation?
Please navigate through the informative sites listed below
- The Preservation Directory Find Preservation News, Historic Properties, Jobs and Internships, Events, Tours, Resources, Museums, Preservation Businesses, Products and Services
- Historicproperties.com Commercial and residential properties for sale
- National Trust for Historic Preservation Non-profit Organization providing leadership, education, advocacy and resources in preservation since 1949. Don't miss the Annual Conference!
- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Federally funded program similar to the National Trust
- National Register of Historic Places Register your property or see if it is already listed
- National Park Service Information about federal tax incentives for historic preservation
- Financial Assistance Sources of financial assistance for historic preservation projects
- State Funded Offices A list of the historic offices for each state
- Black Dog Salvage A great architectural salvage in Roanoke, VA
- Looking At Buildings Research architectural types, styles, construction and timelines and browse through their glossary of terms.