We are active in Ballwin, Chesterfiled, Clayton, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Frontenac, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Ladue, Town And Country, Webster Groves, and Wildwood.
All of the suburban homes in Saint Louis County, Mo. built before 1960, are now fifty years old, and considered historic properties by the National Trust of Historic Places. Historically, our city was known for producing and selling quality lead paint; painters would add extra lead oxide to thicken a paint, increasing the lead content to provide better color and lustre. Ladue Painting focuses on effective containment of lead paint surfaces, (pre-1978,) and the places where this toxic dust is at risk of being disturbed in the home. Our most important consideration during the painting or renovation of a home is not to make lead exposure worse for the family living there.
Although we've worked on special projects such as the 1830's Faith Presbyterian Church on Geyer Rd., and quite a few 1880's houses in the City of Saint Louis, we tend to specialize in homes that were constructed in the county from the 1920's to the 1990's, regardless if they have lead paint or not. There are many styles that were popular during this period, bungalows, colonial revival, Tudor revival, ranch homes, etc. A typical project for us would be a 1940's Colonial Revival home in Kirkwood or Ladue with painted clapboards, dormers, windows and shutters. The window wells are commonly filled with lead chips and lead oxide dust. Also, painted baseboards in these homes are a lead hazard, and as we learned they should be well-encapsulated because of the wear of feet and furniture on the floor. Painted door hinges are another source of lead chips and dust. Where sanding is necessary to provide the best preparation work, we apply the mandated containment procedures and use the EPA authorized sanders, and apply the tests they use to ensure that when the project is over, we leave behind a clean, safe, surface.
In 2010, we attended Saint Louis University's EPA certification course, where we learned that lead exposure in the home is a proven danger for children who live in Missouri's lead belt, and that our exposure can be infinitely reduced when the proper containment and disposal procedures are followed. Painted window sashes and doors are a common source of paint chips and dust, as are painted floors, porches, railings, door frames, baseboard, and other molding. To prevent further contamination of a client's home during renovation, we will be using plastic containment areas of 24” on the floor around the wall or window to be painted, and temporary plastic and Tyvek barriers to keep the dust contained during renovation. Ordinary vacuums aren't in compliance, so we use EPA authorized HEPA vacuums. We were happy to find that a new generation of sander/vacuum has developed from the EPA restrictions, which performs cleaner and much more dust-free than before. As any painter knows, having a dust-free surface provides the best results.