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How to Keep your Historical House in Tip-Top Shape

How to Keep your Historical House in Tip-Top Shape
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Newport News in the state of Virginia is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Aside from numerous museums that feature the Civil and the Revolutionary Wars, there are a number of historical houses and neighborhoods you can visit.


That is why most folks from all over the country who recently visited Newport News say the same thing: a vacation in Norfolk is the closest thing you can get to travelling back in time:

Newport News is home to two historic neighborhoods Hilton Village, a neighborhood of 500 English cottage-style homes, was built between 1918 and 1920 to provide wartime housing for workers at Newport News Shipbuilding. The Historic North End/Huntington Heights neighborhood contains numerous beautiful 1920s homes.

Also located in Newport News are five historic homes open to the public. Built before the Revolutionary War, the Matthew Jones House (circa 1720) on Fort Eustis also highlights the history of Mulberry Island, one of the first areas settled after Jamestown in 1607. Nearby are Endview Plantation (1769) and Lee Hall Mansion (1859), both restored to their Civil War appearance.

Two other historic homes are located in one of Newport News’ oldest neighborhoods, the East End. The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center (1899) is a modified Queen Anne-style home. Nearby is the 19th century James A. Fields House, the city’s newest historic home open to the public. Both the Newsome and Fields houses were originally home to prominent African-American community leaders.

Though owning a “piece of history” definitely has its charm, it might also mean a thousand and one headaches for you, especially if you don’t know how to maintain one. Remember that it is an old house, and it may have accumulated serious structural damage through the years that could pose a threat to you and/or your wallet.

The best way to tackle this problem is by facing it head on; you can either do some minor reconstruction yourself or hire a dependable contractor that has experience in handling old houses such as yours. But it is always recommended to let experts handle it as you might cause more damage than fix it. If you see some damage on your roof, you can contact roofing contractors in Newport News VA that specialize in historical restorations.

One such contractor is The Roofing & Remodeling Company, a restoration expert that has the equipment and staffing to handle delicate projects like this, which require extensive restoration experience. That is what the company takes pride in: working hand in hand with property owners to deliver a project with unsurpassed quality that blends seamlessly with existing aesthetics. Furthermore, Newport News roofing, especially with the older ones, needs to be able to endure the intense Virginia rainstorms, heavy snow, hail, and high winds. That is why this roofing and remodeling company only offers roofs with hard-wearing materials and second-to-none installation to keep your old house sturdy even through intense weather conditions.

(Article Excerpt from: http://www.newport-news.org/things-to-do/historic-homes-and-neighborhoods.html)

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