What's the difference between refurbishment and renovation?
Renovation means damage repair, so it's done when there's a serious defect or when a building is damaged. The renovation repairs the damage to the building and restores it to its original state. The renovated components are thus restored to their original quality following the renovation. Renovations are often complex, so they require specialist knowledge and should be carried out by an expert if possible. Typical measures that are carried out when renovating a house include removing mould, draining the cellar, repairing a leaking roof or sealing a balcony or terrace. Renovation solutions are also necessary for, among other things, cracks in plaster.
If structural damage requires renovation, modernising is often carried out at the same time. Modernising means bringing a house or building up to date and improving it to increase its value. For example, by insulating the roof and walls to increase a house's energy efficiency or by installing a new heating system with lower energy consumption.
Refurbishment, like renovation, involves restoring a building to its original condition. However, this isn't about defects in buildings but about optimising their visual appeal. Minor defects from daily wear and tear are repaired in the process. Refurbishment work includes wallpapering, painting walls and façades and laying new flooring. In most cases, home-owners can do this work themselves.
What are the benefits of these measures?
Renovation, refurbishment or modernisation deliver a wide range of advantages. In all cases, comfort inside the buildings is increased and their visual appearance is improved. Renovation also delivers financial benefits thanks to less energy consumption, especially in the case of energy renovation. Lower CO2 emissions and heating costs are also part of it.