Replacing the iron lacework on a Victorian-style home can dramatically transform and refresh its character and charm, however Chatterton Lacework recommend that particular steps are taken to ensure the best possible results.
The company suggests that aluminium be used to replace original lacework because it maintains the lacework’s authentic qualities, is easier to work with by virtue of its lightness, it does not rust, and is easier to paint.
When replacing lacework on an old home, installers should observe the lacework of homes in the area and attempt to match it accordingly. This creates an air of authenticity as all homes in the area reflect the same era.
Chatterton Lacework advise that attention to detail is taken when trying to buy a matching panel or piece of lace, as castings will often look the same yet their size will vary. They suggest that it may be more beneficial to reproduce the exact casting as this will guarantee that the panels and/or lace are identical to the original.