My house was built in 1959. The basement has a pseudo-finished area with walls made of wood paneling. I've started removing some of it to address issues behind the wall and to provide easier electrical access for electricians who will be adding some circuits. I was planning on hanging up the same paneling after all the work is done, but I'm starting to wonder if the paneling is quite old and possibly contains materials now known to be hazardous.
The backsides of the panels have a logo stenciled on them in paint which calls the product "Masonite Royalcote." Does anyone know how long this product was manufactured? The only references I find online suggest it was a popular wall paneling in the 1960s. If it's that old, and especially if it had any kind of hazardous material in it, I should probably go ahead and pay for some new paneling.