There are great historic homes all over Portland – not just at Peacock Lane.  As you look into the new year, you may begin to consider what improvements to your home may be needed to both preserve the historic look of your home and keep your home structurally sound for years to come. Victorian home

You have resources all around Portland for such a project.  One really great resource is the Architectural Heritage Center, which can provide you with classes, tours and vital knowledge in understanding your historic home.  Another great resource is old pictures of your home.  These can show you what your home used to look like and help you decide what changes would look best.

Our specialty is roofing, which is significant when it comes to a historic home.  The shape of your home is defined in a large way by your roof.  However, if you aren’t happy with your roof, there are things you can do to improve your home’s livability and help shape it to your needs.  Here are a few:

1. A change in roofing material can help change the look of your home and can help make home maintenance easier.  There are several types of materials you can consider using: asphalt shingles, wood shakes, metal roofing are the main types.

2. Adding a skylight can add a lot of light to your home and help brighten a dark interior.

3. Installing a dormer can add extra room and light to your home.  Also, depending on your home style, a dormer may appear to be a part of the original structure – even though it’s an add-on.

These are just some ideas of ways to improve the look of your historic home without harming or significantly altering its original structure.

Tom Leach Roofing