“There is nothing more environmentally friendly and ‘green’ than a home that is already built,” says Sansin Vice President Sjoerd Bos. “Wood is often a showcase of a historic home and something that many renovators want to protect naturally. But they aren’t willing to sacrifice quality and longevity. Sansin has been a trusted partner for these kinds of historic renovations for a quarter of a century.”
Bos says Dr. Frank Robinson of Alberta, Canada, is a case-in-point. Dr. Robinson is refurbishing a 108-year old log homesteader’
Sansin offers these five tips for historic home renovators, such as Dr. Robinson, who want to improve on a historic home without damaging the originality and significance of the property.
· Research. Determine whether the home is a designated historic structure by checking with the state preservation office (http://www.preservationnation.org/
· Stain, don’t paint. Staining – particularly with a low-VOC product – treats historic wood surfaces with respect. The rule of thumb is that if a surface isn’t already painted, it shouldn’t be.
· Know your wood species. Maple and pine can be very difficult to apply finishes to, while it is easier to apply stain to hardwoods such as oak. Also, darker stains are more difficult to work with than lighter ones. Those planning to use a dark stain should consider practicing on a scrap piece of wood before diving into the project.
· Select the right product. A low-VOC stain such as Sansin’s Purity 0-VOC Stain is easy to apply and does not contain any dangerous toxins. It results in a beautiful finish that is long-lasting and easy to maintain. Also, request samples and practice on scrap wood before applying to ensure the color is what you want.
· Prepare the surface, apply the stain. Repair any defects with acrylic-based wood filler. Sand the surface, working with the grain. Then clean the surface with a vacuum and a damp cloth, making sure it is clean and dry before applying the coats of stain and topcoat per the manufacturer’
To learn more about Sansin stains or to search where to purchase Sansin products visit www.sansin.com.
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