What is the Process of Restoration Building?

Buildings embody the ingenuity of architects and the craftsmanship of artisans. However, weather, neglect, and human activity can take a toll on these structures over time, leading to deterioration. Building restoration is a process that reverses the effects of deterioration, increases the value of our property, and preserves the history of the architecture. This process protects a building from further damage by replicating techniques and materials to achieve a high level of authenticity. 

In this piece, the building restoration experts at Gateway Building Company take you through the building restoration process. 

What is a Building Restoration?

The building restoration process involves preserving and repairing historic structures with the utmost care and attention to detail. Restoration is usually done on buildings with historical significance. To maintain a building’s history, contractors work hard to match original construction materials with modern repairs to preserve a property’s functional and visual aspects. 

Below are common examples of building restoration:

  • Replacing original wood flooring
  • Replacing damaged windows and doors
  • Restoring damaged fixtures

Restoration usually uses less materials and labor than a complete remodel. 

Benefits of Building Restoration

Enhancing Property Aesthetics

A first impression is everything. A professional restoration will enhance your property’s curb appeal and its value. 

Structural Integrity

Beyond aesthetics, restoration can ensure a building’s structural integrity. Safety standards have come a long way since many old buildings were constructed, but some unnoticeable issues may pose a significant safety risk. 

Stages of the Building Restoration Process


A full assessment of your building envelope will help to determine the scope of the restoration project. The process can take 3 to 4 weeks. A professional with construction and engineering experience will determine the condition of your building envelope and come up with some recommendations. 

Initial Design

The assessment will provide the engineer with a basis for their initial designs. This stage will entail consultation with critical stakeholders of the building, who will take the following into account:

  • The goal of the restoration
  • Materials
  • Safety, aesthetics, and efficiency
  • Recommended improvements

The initial design takes about two weeks to deliver. 

Detailed Design

The final design outlines project details and the requirements that must be met, including:

  • Structure: The building’s structural integrity must be maintained or improved
  • Infiltration: The restoration must reduce air infiltration and water penetration
  • Security: New, secure windows and doors will help to minimize the risk of crime
  • Energy efficiency: The installation of energy-efficient materials will help increase energy efficiency and reduce noise pollution. 
  • Fire prevention: Heat-resistant materials alleviate risks and positively affect insurance. 
  • Movement: The proper use and application of materials must support differential movement associated with temperature variations. 
  • Maintenance: The materials used should be low maintenance and highly durable.
  • Safety: Working with an experienced company like Gateway Building Company ensures the project is completed safely and on time. 
  • Aesthetics: All the recommendations should improve the property’s curb appeal, helping to maintain or increase its value. 
  • Budget: The recommendations should not exceed the budget. 


This stage involves inviting contractors to visit the construction site and submit their bids. The proposals are reviewed by the contractor, who then makes a recommendation to the property owner. 


The construction team executes the plan. The following are some examples of restorative tasks:

  • Tuckpointing repairs
  • Painting
  • Shelf-angle repairs
  • Stonework and brick/block repairs/replacements
  • Through-wall flashing
  • Metal refinishing
  • Sealants and caulking
  • Masonry and concrete sealers

Project completion can take anywhere from a month to over a year, depending on the scope of the restoration. 

Building Restoration Experts in North Carolina

Gateway Building Company is a locally owned and operated commercial contractor with over a decade of experience in building restoration. Through meticulous craftsmanship, innovative technology, and a deep understanding of architectural heritage, we breathe new life into aging structures. Request a meeting today to learn more about how we can help restore your building.

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