Iron cresting is a character-defining feature!

Elements like this wonderful iron cresting on the tower of a Second Empire style house are vulnerable to the effects of weather and the neglect of people. Hard to reach elements are often neglected and will deteriorate until they are no longer stable and fall off or are removed. Regular maintenance will avoid this.

The exterior ornament applied to a historic house always reflects the time in which it was created and helps to identify the style of the house. The loss of such elements will have a negative impact on the house. If your house has historic ironwork that is deteriorated, damaged, or missing, there are appropriate ways to restore or replace it.

This topic is covered in detail in Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720-page hardcover book has shipped from the printer and will be in stores in December. It is now available for pre-order on the Barnes & Noble, Target, Powell’s Books, and Walmart websites, and on Amazon. Reserve your copy today! https://www.amazon.com/dp/0884484904/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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