Was your home built prior to 1978? If so, it probably was constructed using a number of lead-containing building products. Only a trained professional can identify the presence of lead. If you're undertaking a home exterior remodeling project that will disturb more than a very small area, you'll need the services of a professional who has been properly trained to work with lead-containing materials. State and federal regulations require such training whenever a building project on an older structure has the potential to disturb and release lead into the environment. That can comprise such activities as demolition, drilling, sawing, cutting, and sanding or scraping. Even power-washing can cause lead paint to flake off. Roof tear-offs may expose lead-containing flashing. Quarve Contracting, the St. Paul/Minneapolis area's leading roofing contractor, has the required training needed to identify lead and safely remove and dispose of it.
Lead can show up in various places, including:
- Paints--both oil-based and latex--on siding, doors and windows, trim, and interior walls
- Roof flashing and other roofing installation accessories
- Sound-proofing materials
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