Common Challenges & Solutions When Painting Historical Homes
Residential Painting

Common Challenges & Solutions When Painting Historical Homes

Posted on April 15, 2024

Historical homes possess a distinct charm. Painting them presents a distinct set of challenges. Our professional painters have experience painting historical homes and know how to make this process as smooth as possible! They’ve dealt with all sorts of issues that pop up when painting old houses. From keeping things historically accurate to staying safe, we understand what it takes to handle painting historical homes. We’re here to tell you how we do it. Let’s get started!

historic home interior

Problem: Lead Paint

Lead-based paint was commonly used in homes built before 1978. Its durability made it a popular choice for both interior and exterior painting. However, we now know that lead is a toxic substance that poses serious health risks, especially to children and pregnant women. When disturbed, lead paint can create dust and chips that can be harmful if ingested or inhaled.

Solution: Testing and Professional Removal

The first step in dealing with lead paint is to have the home tested by a certified professional. If lead paint is present, it’s crucial to hire a qualified lead abatement contractor to remove it safely. Our certified teams follow strict safety protocols to minimize exposure, using specialized equipment and techniques to ensure that the lead is removed without endangering the health of the homeowners or our workers.

historic home with intricate fireplace

Problem: Historical Accuracy 

Maintaining the historical integrity of a home is paramount when undertaking any restoration project. This includes using paint colors and finishes that are true to the home’s period. The challenge lies in balancing modern preferences with historical authenticity.

Solution: Research and Consultation

You or your professionals should conduct extensive research to determine the original paint colors and compositions that were used during the home’s era. This will help ensure historical accuracy. Oftentimes, this research involves consulting historical records, architectural studies, and even performing chemical analyses of existing paint layers. Our team works closely with historical societies and preservation experts to select paints that reflect the home’s heritage while providing the durability and quality expected today.

historic home exterior

Problem: Moisture Damage

Moisture damage is a pervasive issue in historical homes, where outdated construction methods often lead to water infiltration and retention. This can manifest as rot in wooden elements, mold growth, and deterioration of plaster and paint. In a historical home, moisture can seep through old masonry, saturate walls, and cause extensive damage over time, compromising the structural integrity of the house.

Solution: Ventilation and Preparation

The key to combating moisture damage is to ensure proper ventilation and preparation before painting. Preparing the surface involves applying moisture-resistant primers and selecting paints that are specifically formulated for damp environments. By taking these steps, we protect the home against future moisture problems and ensure a lasting, beautiful finish.

CertaPro Painters® Know Historical Home Solutions

When it comes to painting historical homes, trust the professionals! CertaPro Painters® combines expertise in historical preservation with a promise of quality. We ensure that your historical home will receive the care and attention it deserves with our local painters. 

Get started with our trusted, knowledgeable professionals today by calling our team!