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Replacing lacework in old homes

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Chatterton Lacework  advises that sufficient care should be taken when replacing the lacework on an old home.

To begin with, the new lacework should be matched to the lacework designs within the immediate neighbourhood. Lacework practices may be different in various cities. For instance, the matching of lacework, corners and frieze on a terrace was more commonly followed in Melbourne than in Sydney.

When buying a matching panel or piece of lacework, one needs to exercise caution as the castings may look alike; however in most cases the sizes may vary. Reproducing an old casting would be the best way to replace it. Removing the original casting for reproduction will need to be carried out carefully as it may be generally brittle and can easily break.

Aluminium castings reproduced correctly look so authentic they are very difficult to distinguish from cast iron, especially when installed in balustrades. Incorrect use of lightweight aluminium castings can have a detrimental effect on the reproduction of an old building.

While installing the aluminium casting in an old building, one will need to ensure the woodwork is level and sound to avoid installing on an uneven surface.

Balustrades were generally installed using a timber top rail. A wide range of authentic looking aluminium handrails is manufactured today, with the added advantages of timber finishes and maintenance-free design. The aluminium handrail is also much lighter to work with and will not rot or corrode.

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