Chatterton Lacework advises sufficient care to be taken when restoring the lacework on old buildings.

Cast iron lacework and cast iron balustrade rehabilitation immediately refreshes the character and charm of the house. 

When trying to buy a matching panel or piece of lacework while restoring a property, one should be aware that lacework can be reproduced in aluminium without losing any of its authentic qualities. 

Aluminium has the advantage of being much lighter to work with; additionally, it is easier to paint and does not rust. 

Care should be taken when replacing the lacework on an old home. It is important to try and replace the lacework by matching it to designs within the immediate neighbourhood. 

Interestingly, the matching of lacework, balustrade, corners and frieze on a terrace was more common in Melbourne than in Sydney.