We have come a long way from Lead based paints, with all companies mentioned earlier, having a much greener line, all being a waterborne latex paint, with low to zero V.O.C’s (volatile odor content). Using the earth’s natural minerals and compounds, now more Eco Friendly Paints, we have come a full circle from 47 years ago. Lead paints being totally phased out in 1962, which was the smartest thing our manufactures could have done, environmentally speaking. Graduating back in 2005, having our lead based paint abatement certification for contractors and supervisors from the University of Cincinnati ; we can provide assistance to older homes painted prior to 1962 in Colorado. Lead paint abatement, or paint abatement means total removal of lead paint. We can also provide a Lead Paint Program if individual or business that does not have Lead Paint Requirements. While EPA standards are very high, states that do not receive federal funded money, have quality standards reaching much higher than the EPA, safeguarding those in contact.
Another avenue or alternative other than paint abatement are encapsulations. Lead encapsulating paints provide complete covering and isolation of Lead, protecting the general public from that point on. Encapsulate paints tend to be priced higher than general paint latex, but offers a savings from the total removal and proper hazardous disposal costs, not to mention protection. For the common home that has lead, an encapsulate paint is probably the way to go, costing on average twice what it would normally. While lead paint abatement generally cost on average 10 times the normal house painting cost, this procedure is done for very historic structures, persevering moldings, cornices, and dental work that many homes of that era contained, wishing to keep as original as possible.
While the danger to an adult is minimal, coming in contact with lead paint, the EPA set standards for all states to abide by, protecting the children, whom especially have the thumb to mouth syndrome. If a little one should happen to pick up a small lead based paint chip and ingest it, that what follows would be a detriment for life for the ability to learn, speak, and interact. Colorado has very little lead based paint compared to the Eastern States, which is the reason for the ban in the first place, back in the early 60's.
If you think you may have lead paint, there is either 2 avenues to take. One, perform the work yourself, and still cannot throw away lead debris in normal waste receptacles, or hire a contractor who is licensed to perform the work to the States standards in Colorado.
At Eco Paint Specialist's, we take great strides and care for safety, having a Health and Safety Work Plan in place, whom all review and sign on a regular monthly safety meeting. All officers hold either a 40 hr. or 10hr. OSHA safety certificate, with employee safety at Eco Paint's primary concern, which allows us the ability to help in Lead Base Paint Homes in Colorado.