You carried out capital works and restoration of structures inside the premises and smoothly approached the question: “How to beautifully ennoble the old house from the outside?” Has the facade lost its appeal, and the cladding has fallen off in some parts? We will help you find answers to all these questions. Exterior decoration is an important stage in the restoration of an old house. Building a new house takes a lot of effort, time and money. And the old building can be restored in such a way that as a result it is indistinguishable from the new building! The restoration will allow not only give the house a presentable appearance, but also protect the house from adverse natural conditions.
What will you get as a result? Instead of an outdated, outwardly unattractive house, you will have a modern building on your plot.
Reconstruction of a wooden house
The restoration of a wooden house takes a little more time than a brick one. To give new life to an old building, it is not always necessary to demolish it and build a new one. The old house takes you back to your childhood memories, and “memory”, as they say, is always dear.
To begin with, you need to analyze the technical condition of the house. Namely:
- Reliability of load-bearing structures and the possible need for their replacement;
- Condition of walls, floor, roof and rafter system;
- State of engineering communications
Most often, such houses lend themselves well to restoration and serve their owner for many more years.
Subsidence of the soil, frost, groundwater can cause “blows” to your foundation – leaving chips and cracks on it. In this case, the foundation will need possible reconstruction. When inspecting the house, it is necessary to identify the need to replace the foundation (partially or completely) or strengthen it. For this, it will be necessary to eliminate cracks and strengthen the basement part. It may be necessary to level the site, otherwise it may lead to the collapse of the house. Repair of the foundation of a wooden house consists in raising the structure and pouring/installing a new foundation.
For lifting, you can use manual jacks or hire specialists. It is also worth checking the bars of the lower row, in case of unusability, replace them.
The walls of the house, around the windows or the leaking roof can also be rotten. To diagnose rotten wood from the inside, the tapping method is used. Rotten wood makes dull sounds. In this case, an awl is used. They define it as follows: healthy wood cannot be pierced, and rotten wood is easily penetrated by an awl. If it is necessary to replace part of the wall, it will be necessary to cut out all the rot in pieces to the living wood, insert new elements, treat and impregnate the wood with an antiseptic and fire retardant, as well as seal all the cracks. When restoring walls, elements located around windows often require replacement. We recommend insulating the room inside.
If there is something to cover, and the walls can withstand the hinged structure, then facade work can be performed. After preparatory work, namely: dismantling, treatment with an antiseptic and sealing of cracks, the selected coating is mounted. Exterior decoration is the final touch in the restoration of an old wooden house.
Almost all types of structures are suitable for a wooden base. Namely:
- Not quite the right decision, since in a short time, it will lose its properties and the appearance will remain the same.
- Hinged ventilated facade systems. A good option is made of light materials, such as: stainless steel, aluminum composite. Heavier materials (keromagranite, fiber cement panels) are not suitable in this case.
- Siding (for hinged ventilated facade). One of the best solutions. It will add a special charm to your home and emphasize its uniqueness.
- Plaster is not suitable for all wooden houses.
Finishing with siding includes the following stages:
- Installation of the crate and thermal insulation of the house;
- Installation of component bars, slopes, corners;
- Installation of siding panels.
Siding contractors recommend “Block House” siding panels which are popular among facing materials. For the production of these panels, only high-quality raw materials are used. This is a material that has an original shape and unusual embossing, its structure imitates wood. Unlike the original timber, it is not afraid of insects, mold and cracking. When using this material, the house visually seems to be made of solid logs, while its cost is many times cheaper. Does not require careful care and will always please the eye with its appearance. This type of siding panel fits perfectly into country architecture, it can be easily combined with other finishing materials, both natural and vinyl.