All buildings deteriorate over time. This normal deterioration is caused by natural environmental factors such as seasonal weather, wind, sunlight and fluctuations in temperature. Insects, rodents, birds and vegetation can also cause damage, as well as man-made factors such as chemical pollutants in the atmosphere, neglect, and destructive alterations.
Regular maintenance is the first and best way to preserve your building and protect your real estate investment. Well-maintained buildings help to create strong, stable neighborhoods and keep the City of Lancaster an attractive place to live, work and visit.
Historic buildings in Lancaster have survived for decades -- in many cases, for several centuries -- thanks to the high quality of their design and craftsmanship, the durability of the building materials used, and ongoing, attentive and preventative maintenance by their owners. With the proper treatment, these buildings will continue to survive and contribute to Lancaster's unique character.