1. It’s Best to Tear It Down and Build New
Some people believe that it is best to demolish old homes, but the truth is that restoration work is much less expensive than razing your property and rebuilding a whole new residence. The stone, brick, wood and metal roof sheeting that make up ancestral houses are very durable. In fact, there are quite a few heritage properties that still have all their original components. Regarding this, the only maintenance that must be carried out on stone or brick walls is having the mortar joints repointed, every 75 to 100 years.
2. The Windows of Old Homes Must Be Replaced
One might mistakenly think the windows used in previous decades, or centuries, are not efficient. On the contrary, if they are in good condition and equipped with storm windows, they can offer outstanding thermal performance. Indeed, while the windows currently on the market need to be replaced after ten or twenty years, those in ancestral homes are so sturdy that they continue to be functional after 150 years. Have your new ancestral residence inspected by an expert to ensure it is watertight and energy efficient.
3. Cement and Asbestos Cladding Render Such Properties Uninhabitable
While it is true that asbestos is hazardous to people’s health, there is no reason to be concerned when it comes to exterior cement siding tiles made with asbestos. They are not dangerous and will not contaminate the air inside the old house. However, be sure you wear the appropriate protective mask when handling asbestos-containing materials and don’t break them into pieces so as not to release harmful particles.