An older home is a source of pride. They truly are a piece of history, and many feature distinctive design and architectural details that speak to their place in time. The silhouette of a Victorian townhouse is unmistakable, for example, as are the sleek bungalows of mid-century modernism.
Older vs. Historic Homes
When the house itself is of significant historic interest, either by reason of age, or perhaps it housed an important figure or event, the focus is on preservation rather than renovation. Instead of upgrades and renovations, maintenance is the key element that comes into play.
Historic homes can contain a wide variety of toxic materials that are now banned from residential construction, including asbestos along with lead. Asbestos might be found in a variety of places in a home that was built before the mid-1980s, including,
- Roofing tiles;
- Attic insulation (vermiculite);
- Ceiling and floor tiles;
- Wall panels;
- Textured paints;
- Textures “popcorn” ceilings;
- And much more.
By definition, a historic building does contain asbestos in some form or another. The attempt to maintain time honoured features means constant vigilance.
- It doesn’t take much for very old materials to crumble. Asbestos may be virtually indestructible, but the paint, vinyl, or other material it has been mixed with is not, and it will deteriorate over time no matter what.
- The key is to document where the asbestos containing materials are, and to conduct periodic checks on the stability and integrity of the material.
- When it comes to designated historic buildings, any work on the home may be subject to municipal, provincial, or even national regulation, as the case may be.
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