Lead is a naturally occurring metal used in a lot of things in your house, from construction materials to batteries. Up until 1978, paint manufacturers used lead as an additive in their products.
But when experts discovered that long-term exposure to lead can cause serious health problems (e.g., neurological and developmental effects on humans, most especially children and pregnant women), the government banned the manufacture of paint containing lead.
Although the production of paint containing lead has stopped, lead poisoning is still very much a threat in homes built before 1978. Even if you’ve had your walls repainted with lead-free paint, the soil that surrounds your home that was painted with lead-based paint might also be contaminated. Contaminated soil can even be more dangerous because it can spread dust containing lead around your home.
And if you’re doing some renovations at home, such as replacing your Norfolk roofing, you might unsettle some of the remaining lead in and around your house, which of course can be hazardous to you, your loved ones, and even your pets. That’s why if you’re planning on doing some construction work at home, it is important to hire a lead-safe roofing firm certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) like The Roofing and Remodeling Company.
Our team of roofing experts at The Roofing and Remodeling Company has been trained, tested, and certified by the EPA to properly manage homes constructed before 1978. Lead-safe work and containment is key to working in such a toxic environment. Our crew is well prepared to handle such an environment, from using heavy plastic sheeting taped down and covering plants and/or furniture to our crew wearing proper safety gear.
With all our workplace preparation, you can be sure that The Roofing and Remodeling Company, one of the most trusted roofers in Norfolk and the surrounding areas, will be able to provide you with top-of-the-line roofing without you having to worry about the lead around your home. Just give us a call for a free quote on your next home improvement project.