Trying To Preserve History? Try DCI

When it comes to restoring historic buildings, we’re often asked why DCI is the best possible option.

Our answer (mentioned in a previous blog) is the “Three E’s”: Expertise, Experience and Equipment.

Expertise and experience. Not to be flip, but we’ve done this before. We’ve gone into 100-year-old buildings, determined what needed to be done and delivered a beautiful restoration of a given structure. And we’ve done it time and time again.

Equipment. We have invested in state-of-the-art equipment to complete any project.

That equipment, using different types of soda blasting media (i.e. baking soda, coal slag) under high pressure, will clean and restore a myriad of surfaces throughout a building. Our equipment is also adjustable. That means we just don’t go in and blast all of the character away in a single swoop.

Some customers, for example, might want just a bit of paint removed from a wall or a railing. Some might not want any taken off at all, merely to preserve the history of the structure. Our equipment allows — more than anything — flexibility. We work to suit the clients’ needs, whatever they are.

Another question we get is how is DCI’s high-pressure treatment superior to chemical treatment for removing lead paint.

Again, a simple answer. We’re kinder to the environment. Don’t get us wrong. Getting rid of lead paint via chemicals works great. It will indeed strip it off. The downside? The chemical solution is way more expensive, and much slower than our process. Plus, that paint and paint remover has to be treated as a hazardous waste.

When DCI is finished removing lead paint, the residue goes to a normal landfill. It’s not hazardous waste. And again, with our equipment, we can control how much paint can be removed. That’s not always the case with a chemical treatment.

Yes, every job is different. Every historic structure has unique challenges. We invite you to make side-by-side comparisons with other companies. But we’re extremely confident that in the end, DCI is the smartest choice for any project.