Each passing season reminds us that the world around us is constantly changing. Flowers and lush green lawns give way to falling leaves and frosty mornings. Hot, cold, rainy or dry, we protect our bodies from the elements with weather-appropriate clothing and an occasional umbrella. Even though we realize the importance of staying comfortable and dry, we somehow expect our buildings to endure season after season of harsh environmental conditions without any additional protection. This is an unrealistic expectation, however, because buildings begin to deteriorate the moment they are constructed. Left unattended, even normal exposure to the elements along with general wear and tear can lead to severe deterioration. One of the easiest ways to counteract the effects of time is to perform periodic preventative maintenance.
Routine periodic inspections and preventative maintenance allows us to keep a close watch on the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Throughout the rehabilitation process we carefully addressed the issues that caused previous deterioration and developed solutions that will help mitigate any future problems. We understand that a building is only original once and each architectural component that is replaced diminishes a building’s authenticity. Replacing a few boards today may not seem excessive, but continuing this practice over a period of 50 or 100 years results in a structure that will be more replaced than original. (more…)