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  • The preservation of historic structures - Saving our connections to our past

    The preservation of historic structures - Saving our connections to our past

    Throughout the centuries, man's story has been represented in many aspects. Whether it is through his ancient writings, artifacts or in archaeological sites, man's imprint is undeniable.  With each new discovery, another chapter unfolds shedding more light on the everyday lives of our ancestors. 

    History has, for the most part, dictated the styles, construction modes and uses of homes throughout the world. Each building, from our past, has a story to tell. Commercial buildings can represent the industry that was prevalent during a particular era, while residential homes can portray the wealth or poverty of the region or time.  During the early periods of history, timber was a common use for constructing homes. As time went by, new means of construction material came into use, such as, brick, stone, steel, etc. The introduction of these materials meant man could rethink the building process and construct even more structures suitable to his current needs.

    Through the preservation of historic structures, we can study the different periods of our history and allow ourselves a look into our past. These structures are used as a time capsule in order for us to learn the techniques and materials utilized by the craftsmen of the time. These invaluable lessons are essential when it comes to the preservation of historic buildings.

    It is extremely important that we preserve our old buildings. They truly are our connection to our past, and here at Scott Henson Architect, we are committed to preserving the historical integrity of historic structures.   

    Please contact us if you have any questions about our services or if you are ready to take on a historic building project. 

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  • Stay Safe with Membrane Roofing in New York City

    Stay Safe with Membrane Roofing in New York City

    Imagine an umbrella large enough to protect a roof. While that would be interesting, a better solution for protecting roofs against water damage is membrane roofing. Membrane roofing is typically for flat roofs and was invented approximately forty years ago as a means to prevent leaks and general damage that buildings often suffer from water exposure. Famous New York City, of course, is a flat roof haven in which membrane roofing is essential.

    Membrane roofing is typically made of synthetic rubber. This type of roofing can also be made of modified bitumen and thermoplastic, as well. Membrane roofing simply serves as a barrier for water. Leaks and flat roofs go hand in hand, but it is important to note that roof leaks are far more than a nuisance. 

    A leak is part of a cycle that results in many leaks. Multiple leaks often result in the entire collapse of a roof in serious circumstances. Of course, this is a huge safety concern that can have devastating consequences for those involved. Surely such a devastating occurrence is incredibly costly, as well. To prevent tragedies much like a roof collapsing, membrane roofing is crucial in areas with heavy precipitation.

    Annual rainfall in New York City is typically 44.73 inches. This is nearly 4 inches higher than the national average. Additionally, the average snowfall in New York City is approximately 3 feet. Of course, snow melts and becomes water. These amounts are potential threats to buildings and further validate just how essential membrane roofing is in New York City.

    To conclude, membrane roofing is a cautionary measure that prevents disasters from happening. Membrane roofing is essential and incredibly beneficial in places like New York City.

    For more information on membrane roofing, please contact us today.

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