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Old 05-06-2008, 07:26 PM   #1
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Lead paint removal

Our house is in dire need of a new paint job and we are trying to decide whether to repaint or put up new siding.
We had one team come out to give us a quote for a paint job and they determined that there is some lead paint in one of the previous layers (house is 80+yrs old)
We were thinking of residing to contain the lead paint. We had a few places quote us ~$12,000 for the job which would consist of leaving the current lead painted shingles on the house and covering them with a layer of insulation then the siding. With that high price quote, we were considering making this into a DIY job, however if we did go this route, we were thinking of just removing the shingles entirely which would require a pro for removal anyway.
So to make a long story short, what would be my best option?

1) remove all lead painted shingles then put siding up - ~$3000 for siding + removal costs.
2) go over old shingles with siding - contractor quote ~$12,000
3) paint over existing - ~$400 DIY for paint

If the way to go would be removing the shingles and putting the siding up, how much would just the removal run for a 1.5 story single fam house? I have the quote for materials for siding, Im just have no idea what the removal by a licensed hazardous waste removal team would run us.


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Old 05-07-2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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As far as I know, siding over lead shingles (w/o encapsulating them with the proper coating) is not EPA legal, and not considered making your home lead safe
Your local laws could vary, and admittedly my knowledge of this is more geared toward paint
I would definitely check your local laws/EPAregs before considering that option

Personally, I would want the contaminated shingles gone
Professionally, I can recommend it

If you don't do it now, you will have to at some point (even if it's just to sell it)
The price won't have gone down in a few years
It's a Pay Now...or Pay More Later deal


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Old 05-14-2008, 08:54 PM   #3
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a much better way to answer you question would be:

To save money, spend 100 on a gas mask and a moon suit, pull all of the shingle off yourself and throw in in a bin. Half of the country comes within ten feet of asbestos every day- it is everywhere. Just protect YOURSELF, then protect YOUR WALLET and when it's gone, put whatever you want on the wall. As far as your nosey neighbors are concerned, you had someone in to look at it, and they said it was asbestos free, and you are wearing the suit and mask because dust makes you get hayfever.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:05 PM   #4
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I can't tell if Ting was being facetious or not... I hope so.

Just putting on a moon suit and having at it is a VERY bad idea. Talk to a local experienced paint contractor AND your local health department. If the contractor tells you he will do something that the health dept. says is illegal, find another contractor.

If you leave those shingles on your house, that fact will have to be disclosed to any eventual buyer, which only increases your hassles later on.

I'd have them removed, using whatever locally available legal methods are available to do so.

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