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5 Types of Buildings That Are Harder to Restore

When it comes to fire and water restoration, you won’t be surprised to learn that most of the restoration services we perform are on fairly modern houses. Even though Colorado has been a state for nearly 150 years, it’s experienced most of its growth in the last 50. So while we get to work on older buildings sometimes, it’s much more likely that we’ll be helping to restore a house that’s relatively new. But there are certainly times when we are called to homes and buildings that are considerably harder to restore than others. Today we’re going to look at some of the special projects that might take up extra time or cause us to bring in a specialist.

Log Homes

Log homes have some of the highest home insurance rates of any type of building. There are quite a few reasons for this, primarily that log homes are usually more expensive than traditional homes and will therefore cost more to replace after a fire. Also, many log homes are more than five miles from a fire station, which puts them at greater risk of burning for longer. So why are log homes difficult to restore? Certainly the cost of materials is one reason, but the skill it takes to repair them takes additional time and specialty workers. Imagine, for instance, that a log home kitchen catches fire. Since the logs are the wall on both the inside and the outside, what would be a small interior repair on a standard house becomes an entire interior/exterior replacement in a log home. Plus, the logs are the supporting structures, so replacing long logs with short ones could cause structural problems. In short, the log replacement will go far beyond just the kitchen.

Buildings With Damaged Masonry

With so many homes of today being built from wood and drywall, there’s not a lot of call for masons. Think about it: when was the last time you saw a new home being constructed out of brick? But when a brick house suffers damage, it’s time to call in the specialists. Masonry, especially when it comes to brick homes, is becoming a lost art. There certainly aren’t as many masons as there used to be, and their specialty and rarity commands a premium that we have to factor in during restoration services.

Homes Requiring Unique Materials

Older homes and businesses have the advantage of sporting a unique look, but when they need fire or water damage restoration it can be hard to match the materials in order to return them to their former glory. Sometimes that means tracking down specific antique doorknobs, other times it means hiring a carpenter to replicate the door that was destroyed. Any time there’s something special about what was destroyed, replacement time and cost will rise.

Building Requiring Updates

There’s no doubt that many older buildings slip through the cracks when it comes to modern upgrades. Perhaps there’s need of asbestos removal, or a business might have skirted the handicapped accessibility laws and avoided detection. Well, those upgrades have been avoided...until now. Because once a building is in need of restoration services, a restoration company can’t just put things back the way they were. We’ll have to follow modern code to make the building as safe and accessible as possible. While most clients aren’t bothered when we tell them that lead removal will be part of the job, the extensive time and cost associated with asbestos removal is a different thing entirely.

Buildings of Historical Significance

While we know you don’t have a Frank Lloyd Wright home (there aren’t any in Colorado), there is the chance that you live in a home of historical significance. If so, it’s possible that you might be legally required to restore the home as close to its original condition as possible, or at least to a condition matching what it looked like before your recent fire and water damage. Any sort of non-standard requirements will certainly cause the need for greater planning and a longer repair time. No doubt about it, some buildings are more difficult to restore than others. Luckily, we have the staff and know the contractors who can make everything go as smoothly as possible, no matter the type of job at hand. So when you need restoration services that can handle your job with aplomb, contact RESCON Restoration and Construction.    

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