Is Lead Paint Dangerous?
In 1991 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asserted that lead based paint was considered the “number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States”. SFW Painting strongly recommends lead based paint removal, or encapsulation, as part of any painting or home restoration project in which the structure, or surfaces, has lead paint.
How do I know if my home has lead paint?
In 1978 the EPA banned the use of lead based paint in the United States. In other words, any home or building constructed circa 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 body paint is negative, there could still be lead paint in your trim, soffit, eves, or accents. Even if your exterior comes back negative you could have lead paint on your interior walls and millwork. 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. Call SFW Painting today if you would like to schedule a free consultation, or if you have any questions about lead paint.
The Benefits of 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 paint removal is the quality of the following paint finish. The absolute best results in a consistent paint finish is starting with a fresh canvas. We know it isn’t always financially possible to remove all the paint on a home. SFW Painting has Portland’s best estimators. We can develop a personalized prep strategy for your project. 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. Remember, you don’t have to have lead paint for our removal services!
Discovering repairs or restoration needs in the paint removal process
During the paint removal process it isn’t uncommon to discover dry rot or 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 repair. 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.