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Preserving the Exterior Character-Defining Features of Your Historic Building

Identify the form and style of your building so you can successfully preserve, maintain and restore it.
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Preserving the Prefabricated Metal Elements on Your Historic Building

Identify and determine ways to protect prefabricated metals, including cast-iron, pressed-metal, steel and aluminum elements.
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Preserving the Exterior Masonry on Your Historic Building

Learn the basics of protecting old bricks and mortar.
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Maintaining the Glass Storefront on Your Historic Commercial Building

Learn to identify and maintain structural, colored storefront glass.
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Preserving the Cornice on Your Historic Building

Recognize traditional cornices and learn to maintain them.
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Preserving the Tile and Terrazzo Entry in Your Historic Building

Identify and repair tile and terrazzo flooring.
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Preserving Signage on Historic Buildings

Explore different types of historic commercial signs and ways to use them.
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Adding Space to Your Historic Commercial Building

Review guidelines for building an addition to your historic commercial building.
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Removing Metal Panels That Cover Your Historic Commercial Building

Learn the history of slipcovers and how to restore the original facade.
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Enhancing Your Historic Commercial Building with Awnings

Learn the importance of historic awnings and how to choose the appropriate type for your building.
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Restoring or Rebuilding a Historic Storefront

Learn methods for restoring your historic storefront to its original appearance.
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Replacing Missing Features in Your Historic Building

Guidelines to follow when you must replace an original feature in your historic building.
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Identifying Problems with Your Historic Brick Building

Learn about common problems you may encounter with your brick masonry.
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Identifying Problems with Your Historic Stone Building

Learn about common problems that could occur with a historic stone building.
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Identifying Problems with Your Historic Stucco Building

Explore the most common problems you may encounter with your stucco exterior.
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Maintaining the Original Exterior Wood Features on Your Historic Building

Review the reasons to preserve the original wood features on your historic building.
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Common Problems with Wood Siding on Your Historic Building

Types of siding that could be on a historic building and how to maintain or repair them.
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Common Problems with Exterior Wood Trim on Your Historic Building

Learn about common exterior wood trim problems and how to solve them.
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Repairing the Wood Porch on Your Historic House

Learn to assess and repair damage to the wood porch on your historic house.
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Preventing Exterior Wood Rot on Your Historic Building

Learn how to prevent wood rot in a historic building.

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