Kitchener Painting Companies Contribute to Preserving Historic Homes

For all its urbanity, the Waterloo-Kitchener region still boasts of neighborhoods that are dotted with charming buildings dating back to the early 19th century. Aside from being highlights for tourists and history buffs, a number of these Victorian structures are still in use today as offices, residences, and public spaces.

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Keeping centuries-old buildings functional in this day and age, however, requires a lot of work. Their owners often turn to architects, engineers, electricians, carpenters, and specialized providers of painting services in Kitchener for help in maintaining their structural integrity as well as in making them look anything but derelict.

Painting is complicated

Though painting the exterior of an old house is just one part of rehabilitating and preserving old buildings, it is not all about superficial retouching. The job of professional painters requires just as much craftsmanship, conscientiousness, and caution as the jobs of other conservators.

This is because the original paint might have been so damaged that it can no longer be preserved by cleaning, sanding, or scraping. This situation could entail paint removal and repainting—a contentious process in itself because of how it might affect old wood. Even worse, “paint failure” might be compounded by the painted surface itself being irreparably damaged.

Professional painters have to carefully determine whether they should use abrasive, thermal, or chemical methods to remove an existing coat of paint. Only afterward should they apply one that stays true to the original style of a building.

The paint itself is not the problem

However, once all these complications are hurdled, other aspects of the painting job should not prove as hard. As Hugh Howard notes in an article published on BobVila.com:

Even if you’re an historically conscious homeowner, you’re not required to grind pigments in a paint mill or boil linseed oil in a copper cauldron…

The marketplace now has many hues that replicate popular colors from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century. That means old house owners can pay due regard to the historic character of their homes while using convenient water-based paints that offer easy clean-up and shorter drying times. Many of these products are also more environmentally friendly, as low- or no-VOC paints emit fewer volatile organic compounds.

The availability of appropriate paint options can only bode well for everyone passionate about conserving architectural heritage. At the very least, it can make the jobs of Waterloo and Kitchener painting companies and property restorers like CertaPro less intimidating—though not any less important.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Historic Paint Colors: A primer for researching and choosing paint colors for the historic house, BobVila.com)