According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were just slightly over 2 million housing units in the state of Minnesota in the year 2000. About 1.4 million of these units–or 70% of the total–were constructed prior to 1979. So what difference does this make if you’re planning a deck or porch project in the coming season? It means that you need to be more selective than ever when you determine which contractor to hire for your project.
Based on a new EPA rule that goes into affect in April, 2010, remodeling/renovation projects undertaken on all residential homes, day care centers and schools built before 1978 will be required to have interior and exterior paint tested for lead concentration level. If the paint is found to contain lead level higher than the acceptable limit, the new EPA rule requires all subsequent demolition/removal of materials by a contractor with EPA-certification for lead paint renovation and repair. The new federal law also requires the renovating contractor to provide the Renovate Right pamphlet (click here to download/print a copy).
In Minnesota, Archadeck was among the first residential contractors for outdoor deck and porch projects in Minnesota to be certified by the EPA to do this work.
If you are not sure on why this new law was passed or would like to learn more about the potential danger of lead-based paint in your home, click here to watch a video from NBC Today Show that provides an excellent overview.