Investigation, Testing & Analysis

Investigative material and finishes testing and analysis is an essential part of assessing a material’s composition, condition, and root cause for aging and deterioration.

Test results guide means of intervention and inform the design of specific conservation treatments. Testing and analysis can be part of a larger, comprehensive condition assessment, or a stand-alone investigation.

In historic buildings that have undergone previous renovations or modernizations, a historic finishes investigations enables revealing the original color palette and decorative ornament, and thereby contributes to its restoration or to the creation of a new design program.