The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) released its newest technical how-to video which offers a step-by-step guide to mothball historic properties. Mothballing is the process of creating a ventilated envelope around a building to preserve the structure until it can be restored.
This technique is frequently used for historic properties for which rehabilitation funding is not immediately available. It’s a useful tool for dealing with vacant and dilapidated properties because it buys the owner time to protect the building from vandals and weather until funds can be raised to rehabilitate it. This video includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions on how to build window and door panels that when applied, result in minimal damage to wood frames.