When you become a parent, the safety of children at home is a constant concern.

Half-timbering always brings a lot of charm to a facade. Unfortunately, this old building, made of mud and beams (called sandpits), resists badly to the rain: the mud is eroded, and the wood wears out. Depending on the extent of the degradation, you can renovate the studs yourself, or you will need a professional.

Case # 1 to renovate a stud: it is tarnished and worn Start by scrubbing to highlight areas that may need to be replaced. Sandblasting is then practiced: it is sandblasting under high pressure. On the front, you can also use a pressure washer. Once dusted, the beams can be repainted or varnished. Case n ° 2 to renovate a half-timbering: it is damaged When the crevices are not too deep, it is enough to fill them with a mortar with the lime or a resin aspect wood. Check that the wear is not due to the presence of parasites. If so, first treat the wood with an insecticide. Once the beam is dry,

use a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine with a brush to feed the wood. Do not hesitate to put several layers. You can also repaint or varnish to hide the repair. In the case of larger damage, it is better to cut the damaged part and replace it with a section of the same size. This operation is easier on the interior and clear beams, like those of the frame, but it is also possible to work on those of the facade without dismounting, removing only the daub and lattice. If the frame seems too degraded, it is recommended to reinforce the beams with a metal frame. Case n ° 3 to renovate a half-timbering: the mud is damaged When it is traditional, the mud consists of clay, sand, lime and a vegetable binder, such as straw or hay. Since this type of coating is sensitive to moisture, it is advisable to change it completely. Many mud is spoiled When it is traditional, mud is made of clay, sand, lime and a vegetable binder, such as straw or hay. Since this type of coating is sensitive to moisture, it is advisable to change it completely.

Many mud is spoiled When it is traditional, mud is made of clay, sand, lime and a vegetable binder, such as straw or hay. Since this type of coating is sensitive to moisture, it is advisable to change it completely. Many materials are conceivable: cellular concrete, wood panels, cork … But the best is still to choose a breathable insulation, such as cellulose wadding or terracotta bricks covered with plaster. To increase the effectiveness of the insulation, add ventilation, and make sure you do not have wet lifts from the cellar. In this way, you will avoid having to renovate the half-timbering again in a few years.

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