Homes built before 1978, with a painted garage door that dates from that era, can have lead paint somewhere in the built-up layers. Before removing or renovating a garage door, it is smart to have the door tested for lead paint. If found, you need to think before doing any more work on it.
If you have a door with lead paint, do you need to replace it?
The answer is no. You can have the garage door stripped of the lead paint by a lead removal certified contractor and then repainted with modern paints that contain no lead. This can cost quite a bit though because the lead removal process requires special equipment and trained professionals.
What if I want to replace my garage door?
Many homeowners who find lead paint on an existing garage door opt to go with a complete replacement. It allows them to be rid of the problem and gives them the bonus of having a modern, efficient garage door. If you choose to replace the garage door, you need a contractor that has the training and certification on handling lead paint.
Why does the contractor need training and certification?
This requirement went into place on April 2, 2010 by order of the EPA. Known as the Lead Paint Rule, this requirement is designed to protect the homeowner, neighbors, and the contractor's workers from loose lead paint particulates.
The rule applies to garage door installation and removal when the square footage exceeds the definition of minor repair or maintenance. For an exterior space, that threshold is 20 square feet. The EPA recommends contractors have at least one trained and certified renovator on staff to handle these garage door removals.
What is so bad about lead paint?
Lead is a heavy metal that can build up in the human body. When it reaches certain levels, it can begin interfering with the body's natural processes. It is toxic to various tissues in the body including the heart, kidneys, nervous system, and reproductive organs among others.
In children, this disruption can cause permanent damage to learning and behavioral capabilities.
Small children are known to eat random non-food items. In homes with lead paint, the non-food ingestion can include lead paint chips or other items coated in lead paint dust. With each ingestion, lead levels can start to build in the body. With enough exposure, it can start causing damage.
Where can I get a new garage door?
If you suspect your garage door has lead paint and want to talk about your replacement options, call Willow Creek Overhead Door (806.731.2999) in Amarillo, Texas. Owner Tony Hall can tell you all you need to know about your options. Offering a range of garage door styles at many price points, you are bound to find a garage door that works for you at Willow Creek Overhead Door.