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What is Historical Restoration? And Why is it Important?

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Historical Restoration is a very specific skill that incorporates old and new roofing techniques to preserve a dated building. In other words, it’s a way to protect and safeguard the existence and appearance of the historical elements of not only a building but a community. 

That’s why it’s essential to find the right team to properly restore while maintaining the original integrity and aesthetic of the roof. At Pickard Roofing, we understand how to work with building owners, contractors, and architects to accurately and safely restore historic structures to their former glory. 

Our skilled workers, craftsmen, and artisans are experienced in working with materials such as slate, tile, sheet metal fabrication, and cornice fabrications to preserve historic buildings successfully. Our extensive and accomplished work is displayed on landmark churches, schools, town, and government buildings across Durham, including the Orpheum Theatre.


Why is Historical Restoration Important?

Historical restoration gives us a visual representation of the great historical value and cultural significance our ancestors have left behind. It preserves our country’s past for present and future generations to learn from and enjoy. Allowing these buildings to fall into disrepair due to abandonment or neglect is one less opportunity we have to learn of the significant historical, cultural, and craftsmanship these houses provide us of the time period. 

Older buildings tend to provide character to a city and attract more people than new buildings. Historical restorations help preserve the character and heritage of a community or area by giving a sense of place and continuity. As suburban developers make more and more homes look the same, it has become important for buildings to have a sense of identity. By preserving these buildings, your community can develop a sense of pride in its uniqueness and charm.  

Additionally, the historical restoration of dated buildings allows us to reduce waste, conserve resources, and even lower the carbon footprint of a building. Rather than tearing down a building and starting from scratch, historical restorations give us an opportunity to save a considerable amount of energy and materials by repairing and reusing existing structures and materials.

You can even go as far as to say historical restorations can even help limit other environmental factors such as suburban sprawl, traffic, and environmental degradation. With historical restoration, you can return a dilapidated structure to its original form while also making it more energy-efficient and not break the bank. 

Even from a financial standpoint, historical restorations can attract change and investment into once deteriorating neighborhoods, greatly affecting the community at large and allow for community growth. With the historical restoration of a building or neighborhood, it could become the focus of a new commercial or residential development serving as a hub for tourism, thus providing jobs for local residents. 

Tourism aside, historical restoration projects provide jobs for people such as ourselves who pride themselves on the knowledge needed for correctly restoring, preserving, and maintaining these historical landmarks. 


Historic Restoration in North Carolina

If you are in need of a historic restoration for your home or a building you maintain, then give Pickard Roofing, the roofing professionals, a call or send us a message on our website.  

We’re a third-generation, family-owned business that has been servicing the Triangle for over 90 years with quality craftsmanship and expertise. Pickard Roofing is known across the Triangle for its expertise in historical roof restorations. Pickard Roofing understands the roof imparts much of the architectural character and is crucial to historical restoration projects. 

We’re a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association and experienced professionals at commercial and residential TPO roofing.

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At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services include residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication, and historical renovation.