Synopses & Reviews
The updated paperback edition of Weaver's landmark work—the essential manual on materials and procedures for restoring buildings
Conserving Buildings, Revised Edition, is the ideal resource for anyone involved in the maintenance, restoration, or rehabilitation of historic buildings. The book combines practical information on the characteristics, composition, and deterioration of building materials with detailed coverage of state-of-the-art conservation methods, fully updated in this edition with current developments in research and practice.
The book contains:
- Systematic treatment of all major building materials—stone, ceramics, masonry, cement-based materials, metal, glass, synthetic resins, and polymers
- Valuable instruction on the restoration and renewal of foundations and footings, slate roofing systems, materials, and other structural details
- Easy-to-follow procedures for conducting structural building surveys
- Over 150 photographs and line drawings, plus case studies from Columbia University's acclaimed Center for Preservation Research
- Newly expanded references, with accessible sources of further information
Whether used as a hands-on sourcebook or a technical desktop reference, Conserving Buildings, Revised Edition, is the manual of choice for architects, engineers, preservation professionals, historic building owners, and students.
This book is a practical, state-of-the-art guide for contractors and home owners involved in maintaining, restoring and rehabilitating historic buildings, as well as a technical reference for architects, engineers, specifiers and building managers. It outlines procedures for conserving historic buildings and building materials, and includes step-by-step guidelines for conducting a structural building survey. It covers wood, stone, ceramic, masonry and metalwork, slate roofing, architectural glass, paints and coasting, and foundations and footings. Extensive illustrations and case studies complement the material.
About the Author
MARTIN E. WEAVER is Director of the Center for Preservation Research at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Research in New York City. He has been a practicing restoration and conservation architect and educator for over 30 years, with experience in Europe, Canada, and the United States.
Table of Contents
A General Introduction to the Conservation of Buildings.
Investigating Old Buildings.
The Study of Building Materials.
Restoring and Repairing Old Wooden Structures.
Paints and Coatings (by Frank G. Matero).
Foundations and Footings.
Restoring Slate Roofing.
Synthetic Resins, Polymers, and Preservation.