Here is another in our continuing series of articles about things going on around Rochester. Enjoy!
Rochester, N.Y. is a city filled with history — and its houses reflect much of that history. If you drive down any road in the city or its suburbs, you can see homes of a variety of styles that have been popular throughout the last two or so centuries — split level, ranch, Cape Cod and two-story Colonial styles are all represented in Rochester.
When looking at Rochester homes built during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, it’s important to note their unique historic features as well as common problems they are prone to develop as they age.
According to a June 14 Democrat & Chronicle column, plywood was a common building material during these three decades, used for roof and wall sheathing. It’s recommended that owners of homes from this era should check wall sheathing periodically, because there are several factors that can cause plywood wall sheathing to deteriorate.
Ice damming is a common problem that plagues homes of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. This is because attic crawl spaces were a common feature in houses at the time, which had poor air circulation and allowed heat to escape, melting snow on the roof. The Democrat & Chronicle article suggested additional venting and insulation to help prevent ice damming, or ice-melting cables in more extreme cases.
Because of the homes’ age, it’s likely that much of the original carpeting and flooring has been replaced since construction. Carpeting was used in most houses, which has its disadvantages. In addition to being easily stained, ripped or worn, carpet is also a major environmental burden, research has shown.
Owning a home from the 1950s, ’60s or ’70s means you live in a piece of Rochester’s history. It’s important to know the specific needs of your home to make sure it stands for many more years.