New EPA lead paint rules--options for old house exteriors?

11 years ago

Does anyone have information about updating the exterior of an old house that was previously painted with paint containing lead given these upcoming rules?

I was planning to re-side my house this year (after being told by a painter that it would be over $10,000 to paint, given new lead-abatement requirements. My house is roughly 1,000 sq ft). Now, the siding contractor tells me that taking off the old siding and replacing with fiber cement will also require abatement (meaning big labor expense) too. He's coming to talk to me next week about options--for example, simply cladding the existing house with another layer of siding.

Any comments or information? It seems like this will be a big issue for those of us with older homes in terms of expense and upkeep.

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