Renaissance Development Blog


How to Make Old Windows Energy Efficient

Feb 16, 2018 2:00:35 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 Tell When Your Old Brick Needs Tuckpointing

Feb 1, 2018 5:43:40 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of a historic DC brick home know that they need to maintain the mortar joints of the old brick facades of their home. Tuckpointing, or repointing, is the process by which the joints are..

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How to Protect Your Pipes In Freezing Weather

Jan 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When water pipes freeze in the cold weather, homeowners face multiple disasters. Aside from the inconvenience of turning on taps that produce no water, there is the potential for water damage to..

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Why Do You See Bubbling on Your Plaster Walls?

Jan 11, 2018 1:42:52 PM Christina Wilson

When owners of historic brick homes in DC neighborhoods notice bubbling on their interior walls they have lots of questions. It's not obvious that both the cause of the interior damage and the..

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How to Identify Warning Signs and Prevent Ice Dams

Dec 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Winter. There’s no avoiding the harsh weather, with its freeze and thaw patterns. While walkways and steps demand immediate attention, there is also the problem of ice forming on the eaves of our..

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What's the Best Way to Remove Ice and Snow From Brick?

Dec 7, 2017 5:21:26 PM Christina Wilson

In the season of ice and snow, DC brick walkways and steps become a challenge for homeowners. The problems is that salt or other chemical de-icing products should not be used to remove ice and..

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Why You Save Money With Traditional Tuckpointing

Nov 21, 2017 1:47:10 PM Christina Wilson

If the brick and mortar facade of your historic DC homes show signs of deterioration, it's time to repair and restore. The first step is looking for a masonry contractor who can work with your..

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Do You Know How to Care For Old Brick Facades?

Nov 14, 2017 4:08:18 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of historic DC brick homes have likely heard of tuckpointing. Also known as repointing, it is the process by which the facades of brick structures are restored and maintained. Even the most..

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What Can You Do About Energy Loss in Your Historic Brick Home?

Oct 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The beauty and charm of historic homes radiate from their unique and stately classic features. However, like the lovely but leaky original windows, many of these features are not as energy..

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How to Find the Best Masonry Contractor for Your Old Brick Home

Oct 24, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Did your fall exterior brick inspection reveal signs of weather wear and other types of deterioration? It's not too late to get some expert advice. Historic DC homes require a particular expertise..

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