Renovation of an old building
Do you have an old building that you want to restore in a dignified manner?
You are in the right place – here you will find a useful read and if you have questions, be sure to contact us.
Building: Eestimaaehitus – Competence Center for Ecological Building / Architect: Esplan OÜ / Main contractor: JB Ehituse OÜ / Finishing: members of Eestimaaehitus / Location: Mooste Manor complex, Estonia / Photo: Mikk Luht
We will help you find solutions when it comes to renovating old houses
Renovation of an earth building
The main causes of damage in Estonian earth buildings are rainwater and groundwater. Damage to earth walls is mostly related to foundations and roofs. Before starting to restore walls, the actual causes of the problem should be mapped and eliminated.
To determine the damage to an earth building, it must be viewed as a whole. The building and its surroundings need to be cleaned so that it would be possible to observe and analyse all parts of the structure and find the root causes of damage.
Renovation of a stone building
Natural stone has been used as a building material for thousands of years in Estonia. The production and use of fired bricks were introduced by the crusaders in the 13th century. The heyday of their use was in the second half of the 19th century, when an estimated 230 to 240 brickworks operated in Estonia.
The main danger to old masonry is the loss of their protective coating. When undertaking restoration of an older stone building, it should be taken into account that the restoration of an old building is likely to be more expensive than the construction of a new one, but it is worth it.
Maintenance of an old log building
Wood is a material that gradually wears out or rots due to various external factors. The main external factors that accelerate the aging and rotting of wood are excessive moisture, solar radiation, freeze-thaw cycles, pests, and fungi.
If a wooden building is adequately protected against this damage, it can last for centuries. This requires the manager or owner of the building to monitor the situation and intervene in a timely manner.