The term ‘building restoration’ implies replacing broken windows, refinishing crumbling facades and stripping dingy walls and interiors. To be sure – these are sometimes necessary elements of restoration. But ideally, a building never gets to that point. With periodic upkeep and maintenance, builders can lengthen a structure’s life span, improve its performance and freshen its aesthetic appeal.

There are also measures builders can take to install the latest and most effective exterior wall systems to prevent such decay from happening prematurely. In this way, even buildings that were constructed without these state-of-the-art systems can withstand the rigors of time and the elements.

With liquid applied air and moisture barrier systems, upgrades for stucco finishes and other techniques, a building can enjoy a long and healthy life span.

“With the right maintenance, a building can enjoy a long and healthy life span.”

Prevent damages before they happen
Eventually, time will catch up to all buildings – it’s a fact of life. But there’s no reason to allow that degradation to occur earlier than necessary. As a structure ages, the elements will take their toll – wind, rain, hail, ice, dirt, and so on. These influences can wear down a building facade in short time, causing cracks and chipping. All it takes is a few small fissures to let in unwanted air and moisture, not to mention provide an escape route for conditioned air.

That’s why it is imperative for builders to identify these deficiencies early on and take measures to fix them. There are products available that builders can use to refinish surfaces like stucco, concrete, masonry and exterior insulated wall systems. On top of that, the repair team can layer a liquid-based coating to repel wind-driven rain and guard against mildew and grime.

Additionally, these methods can apply to new buildings or ones yet to be completed. The outermost barrier membrane is a great way to keep a building looking attractive and to prevent the buildup of unwanted debris.

Without proper care, old buildings can fall into disrepair.Without proper care, old buildings can fall into disrepair.

Extensive repairs can be expensive repairs
Why is it so important to recognize possible cracks and chipping early on? Once these issues spread, it can become a far greater problem – with a far higher price tag.

Take the example of the restoration of the Minnesota Capitol building. Grand Forks Herald reported that the renovations were priced at $30 million – a surprise to most of the Capitol Preservation Board. But those repairs are crucial, as the building houses 17 pieces of artwork valued at a combined $1 billion – not including various other pieces likely to have some value of their own.

As it turned out, water had been leaking into the foundation of the structure for some time now and caused extensive damage. The restoration team now seeks not just to bring the building back to its original state, but to ensure it is protected for years to come.

“Water is the enemy of any building and it seems to me, instinctively, that we’re into this thing for a lot of money already that we shouldn’t cease to fix it up properly and intact and bring this back into a condition that can go for another 100 years,” Minnesota Senator Dave Senjem told the Grand Forks Herald.

There’s no telling what might have happened if the building had been properly maintained. But it stands to reason that it wouldn’t now be a $30 million problem.

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