Renaissance Development Blog


Do You See Water Damage on Your Interior Walls?

Oct 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The stately historic brick homes in most DC neighborhoods were constructed with relatively soft, porous bricks and limestone mortar. Many of the interiors were covered with lime plaster...

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Why Is Ivy Growing on Old Brick a Concern?

Oct 4, 2017 5:54:00 PM Christina Wilson

Do you have ivy growing on the walls of your brick home? It can certainly look beautiful, particularly during the warm months when the ivy blooms. It adds a thick green texture to the wall and..

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Look For Water Damage When You Have Spalling Brick

Sep 26, 2017 12:41:12 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of old brick houses in Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods might notice a crumbling or flaking of the surface of their brickwork. This form of deterioration, known as spalling, usually..

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Get The Charm of Original Windows and Energy Efficiency

Sep 19, 2017 3:30:26 PM Christina Wilson

 “Windows are the eyes of a house.” As the most visible elements of old homes, windows define the character and curb appeal of the buildings. Moreover, they offer clues to the history and..

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How to Use Architectural Salvage For Your Home Renovation

Sep 19, 2017 2:58:09 PM Christina Wilson

Like most owners of old houses, your renovation plans probably include matching as many of the authentic building parts – doors, flooring, fixtures, and millwork – as possible. It is possible to..

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What is Spalling Brick and Why Should You Care?

Sep 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When I see an old brick house with crumbling or flaking of the surface of the brick wall, I recognize a type of damage known as spalling brick. If the brick wall is part of the main structure of..

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Fall is the Best Time to Inspect Your Old Brick Chimney

Sep 5, 2017 12:52:18 PM Christina Wilson

If your historic home has a brick chimney, fall is a good time to have it inspected. The exposed mortar in many Washington DC old brick chimneys is particularly vulnerable to weather damage...

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Does Your Historic Brick Home Make the Right First Impression?

Aug 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The exterior brickwork of historic brick homes in the Washington DC area conveys a rich sense of history. The first impression of these well-maintained homes is enhanced by landscaping. When..

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How to Maintain the Warmth of Your Interior Brick Wall

Aug 22, 2017 8:34:00 AM Christina Wilson

So many of the historic brick homes in the Washington DC area display a beautiful exposed brick wall. Some are in need of repair, but in many cases, these old interior brick walls are in good..

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What Is The Problem With Spot Tuckpointing?

Aug 15, 2017 5:07:14 PM Christina Wilson

If you are the owner of a brick home, you may be tempted to choose “spot tuckpointing" when you see signs of damage on an otherwise solid wall. Homeowners and contractors alike consider it be an..

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