I have purchased a home approx. 30 years old and a lead test revealed lead paint on both the outside sashes and wells of the original wood windows. Can I safely replace my existing windows with replacement vinyl windows? I assume the only way would be to remove the old windows from the outside while covering the inside with plastic.
My understanding of the issue with leaded paint has to do with people (mostly infants) eating paint chips or inhaling dust from sanding the leaded paint. If you want to replace old windows that have leaded paint, and worry that they might be dangerous to handle, I'd say don't worry - go ahead. If it's an issue, wear gloves.
[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited June 06, 2002).]
I do have two small children and are concerned that while removing and replacing the existing windows lead paint dust will be thrown into the air. The particles could quite possibly find their way into the air conditioning/heating ducts and circulate all through the house.
Hi there, I agree with rpxlpx in that there will be little movement of dust or chips when the windows are replaced. Replacement windows are normally done from the inside so if there is still comcern then you may want to have the workmen have a large shop vac turned and near the job. Use the filters that are designated for fine dust and carefully have them dispose of the filter after the job is done. Good luck....Mark Hammond
I have researched this topic in depth, and with two small children the safe way to approach this is to do either a full scale lead abatement or an environmental renovation. When removing the windows, a lot of lead dust could be expelled into the air, and small children can have very negative long term effects from inhaling the dust. As a parent, I feel that I must take the conservative route. You can get more information by calling 1-800-424-LEAD, and find a listing of contractors licensed for lead abatements at www.leadlisting.org