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We’re lucky to live in a country with such a long and rich history, and it’s important to preserve the historical architecture around us.

Historic building rehabilitation is the act of altering a historical property to meet modern demands without damaging the building’s historical character.

Here are a few aspects to consider when rehabilitating a heritage building:

Fire prevention

On average, England loses at least 12 historical buildings to fire each year, and Scotland’s historical buildings suffer from about ten damaging fire per year, according to Siemens. This number doesn’t take into account any properties not listed on the historical register.

Fire prevention is not just important for preserving the architecture: heritage buildings are often also museums, so the antiques, art and information stored must also be protected. Passive fire prevention is the best way to reduce risk of fire without interfering with the aesthetics of a heritage space. Enlist a professional to install intumescent strips, which swell in the instance of a fire to prevent it spreading, in order to reduce impact of a potential fire.

These strips can be placed in windows and doors without being very noticeable, and can prevent fire from moving room to room in the event of a fire.

Weather

It’s important that the doors and windows in heritage buildings serve to protect the interiors from the elements, especially in properties that house sensitive materials, like museums and government buildings.

Doors and windows occasionally warp over time, leaving space around the edges, which could let in moisture. The installation of weather seals will ensure that the building is protected from excess moisture and wind.

For example, the Aquamac 63 weather seal by Schlegel is a foam seal that grooves into a rout in the frame to make a door or window weather tight when closed—without interfering with the appearance of the room.

Historic England provides a guide for using seals like this to draught-proof windows and doors in historic buildings.

Heating

It’s fairly typical that older buildings tend to be colder and allow more draughts. Weather seals can help keep air from moving through windows and doors, keeping interiors warm without making a significant change to how the room looks.

Sound

Most old buildings are equipped with single-pane windows. This may have been enough to block out the sounds of the past, but today’s vehicles, buses, and airplanes can be loud. Installing double-glazed windows and equipping both doors and windows with acoustic seals can help to reduce interior noise, making heritage homes more comfortable to live in and preserving an atmosphere of the past.

Norseal offers the seals to protect and preserve heritage buildings. By reducing impact of wind and weather, preventing fire, reducing noise and providing better insulation, we can help make sure heritage buildings are comfortable and safe for inhabitants or guests, long into the future.

Get in touch with Norseal to see how we can help rehabilitate your historic property.

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