With any renovation project that takes place on an older home such as yours, consideration and care should be taken during the preparation process.
With 60 years of painted finishes on the home, you will encounter traces of lead. It is recommended that if you are considering removal of the old finishes you hire a contractor specializing in hazardous material removal.
As for your love of natural wood finish for a siding material such as that used on the Kappe Residence, it may be beneficial for you to consider the investment in a new siding material at this time.
Replacing vs refurbishing
Here are a few reasons for replacement vs. refurbishing.
- You will find that involving a lead abatement contractor will be costly and will more than likely exceed the cost of replacing the existing siding.
- Older, lead-based paint finishes were thinned prior to application to allow full penetration into the wood grains for better adhesion. Because the paint has filled the grains of the siding, it is difficult to fully remove the existing finishes without causing damage to the siding, which will result in the piecemeal approach of replacing damaged siding -- thus increasing your labor cost by involving a carpentry contractor vs. solely a painting contractor.
- Appearance-wise, visible traces of paint left in the grains will be noticeable beneath the translucent stain or sealer for a natural finish.
A temporary solution
For a temporary repair at this time, you would do best to scrape all of the loose paint, repair any damaged wood and repaint the home using a latex-based exterior paint.
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