We Get the Lead Out
We take lead paint removal seriously. As it turns out, so does the The Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA stated in 1991 that lead-based paint is considered the “number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States.” We are always careful to follow strict EPA guidelines when painting in areas where lead paint is a concern. Even the possibility of these toxic paints only serves to reinforce our already strict procedures when removing lead-based paint.
Who is at Risk?
In 1978 the EPA banned the use of lead based paint in the United States. In other words, any home or building constructed prior to 1978 has the possibility of lead paint. If you aren’t going to have your home professionally tested, you can operate under the assumption of lead paint. Before you can rule out lead paint you need to have your home professionally tested. Even if the exterior paint is negative, there could still be lead paint in your trim, soffit, eves, or accents. SFW Painting are lead paint testing experts. It is essential to test all the layers of paint that have been built up over the years, not just the surface. Contact SFW Painting today if you would like to schedule a free consultation, or if you have any questions about lead paint.
Certified Lead Safe Home Restorations
According to the EPA, lead paint removal projects should only be performed by Certified Lead Safe Restoration Contractors. SFW Painting is a fully accredited and licensed Lead Safe Restoration Contractor. We understand that Pacific Northwest homeowners care about the environment, safety, and their family’s health. Many paint contractors shy away from this work because of the difficulty, the regulations, and stringent rules. We embrace lead paint removal projects with a passion. We do this to help preserve homes in Portland, make them beautiful, and environmentally safe.
Benefits of Lead Paint Removal
The main benefit to removing or encapsulating lead paint is protecting your family, home, and property from an extremely toxic environmental hazard. Another major benefit to lead paint removal is the quality of the new paint finish. The absolute best results in a consistent paint finish is starting with a fresh canvas. SFW Painting has Portland’s best estimators. We can develop a personalized prep strategy for your project that fits your budget. A great idea may be to remove all the paint from the front and back elevations of your home, and simply remove the failing paint and encapsulate the sides of your home.
Discovering Repairs During the Lead Paint Removal Process
During the lead paint removal process it’s not uncommon to discover dry rot issues, siding issues, or needed structural restoration. This is where most painting contractors will abandon the project until you, the homeowner—get these issues addressed. Not at SFW Painting. Our Parent company, SFW Construction, specializes in siding and dry rot repairs; as well structural repairs, doors, windows, and decks. If these issues are discovered during an SFW Painting project, SFW Construction is here to seamlessly keep the project on track. No need for clients to become a general contractor, we are here to handle every contingency.
What paint is right for your home?
The paints we choose are environmentally friendly, easy to clean, and meet all of the most stringent EPA regulations for VOCs. One such VOC or volatile organic compound is lead. This is why we use leaders in environmentally friendly paint like Sherwin Williams, Rodda Paint, and Miller Paint. These companies make paint that is good for the environment, your health, and peace of mind.