Popcorn Ceiling Removal

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Popcorn Ceiling Removal

A Little Popcorn History

Your popcorn ceiling has history. Important history of the ‘not-so-good’ kind. Installed in homes between 1945-1980’s, they were a great option for builders who had to get homes up fast due to community growth. This spray-on technique was fast and efficient as well as cost-effective due to not needing as much labor to apply. Popcorn ceilings, otherwise known as acoustic ceilings, were able to camouflage imperfections in the ceiling’s drywall. It was attractive to the buyer as well because this kind of ceiling could absorb noise and therefore making it a more peaceful environment.

Why Should I Remove my Popcorn Ceiling?

Asbestos – One of the biggest reasons to remove popcorn ceiling is because it may have asbestos in it. If your home was built or refurbished before the year 2000, it may contain asbestos. Asbestos becomes dangerous if the ceiling becomes damaged or disturbed, releasing small fibers in the air that if inhaled can cause health problems. 

Maintenance – Due to its very rough and crumbly surface, it can be impossible to clean. And let’s be honest, ceilings get dirty, too. This dirt can be due to smoke, cooking, or even something being accidentally projected onto the ceiling (champagne, anyone?). 

It also attracts dust into the tiny crevices, becoming more and more gray over time. 

It has a very porous texture and naturally absorbs odors over time. Think “stuffy” smells when you enter a home.

And in the event your ceiling has suffered some water damage, it can be very difficult to patch and repair seamlessly.  

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Should I paint my Popcorn Ceiling Instead of removing it?

It is very costly to paint a popcorn ceiling. Many painters will charge quite a bit more due to the increased labor involved. A painter needs a sprayer to complete the job successfully. Because a popcorn ceiling is crumbly, any pressure from a roller or even a high pressure paint sprayer will result in a bigger “mess” thus requiring more clean up. 

Outdated Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn ceilings were in favor in the 80’s but in today’s world the ceiling of choice is a smooth, perfect finish. A smooth surface will reflect light significantly more than a dark, shadowy textured ceiling. Popcorn ceilings were originally attractive because it was believed that it made the room more “cozy”. But today, light in a room is everything. Removing your popcorn ceiling will result in a higher home value because smooth ceilings are in keeping with the trends as well as being something that a homebuyer now expects. 

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