Removing a popcorn ceiling can be a daunting task. It requires specific tools and preparation and can be a messy job if you’re not prepared. This blog post will talk about when and how to remove popcorn ceilings from your home so you are prepared for those times when this becomes necessary. We’ll also cover some of the hidden issues that may exist with the drywall under the surface of the popcorn, as well as what steps need to be taken after removing them.
Popcorn ceilings have long had a reputation for being dated and not attractive. Although they were all the rage in terms of ceiling finishes in the 50s into the 80s, tastes and interior design have moved on.
When To Remove Popcorn Ceilings
Popcorn ceiling removal is usually requested around the time of a real estate transaction. When a home is sold the new owners typically want to upgrade the house and bring it more in line with their own modern tastes.
Other times, it’s the seller who is preparing to sell the house that requests to have the popcorn texture removed. It is well known that popcorn ceilings can lower the selling price of a home, since it can deter potential buyers.
It is recommended that you remove your popcorn ceilings when they are crumbling, dingy or stained. Once the ceiling starts crumbling, it is a sign that it is starting to deteriorate and will likely continue shedding more texture. If there are any stains, it is best to remove the ceiling texture. This is because applying water or any other liquid cleaning solution will activate the plaster and the ceiling will be compromised.
Determine if Asbestos is Present
Before you remove your popcorn ceiling, it’s important to understand whether or not there is asbestos in your popcorn ceiling. If the house was built or the popcorn texture applied before 1978, there is likely asbestos in the ceiling. It’s important to note that the asbestos is not dangerous unless the ceiling texture starts to shed or crumble. This releases the asbestos fibers found in the spray on material. You can easily get a test kit or call a contractor to come in to determine whether or not there is asbestos.
Once this is determined, it’s time to do a bit of leg work to get the process started. The article will list some common issues that are found during the popcorn ceiling removal process and what should be done about them.
Process for Removing Popcorn Ceiling
First, it’s a good idea to prepare the area. This means removing all furniture, painting, wall hangings and more. You will be working with water, so make sure all outlets are covered. The best way to protect your floors, walls and the entire area is to cover all walls with plastic and to put down strong plastic sheets or tarps to protect the floors.
Next, remove the popcorn ceiling. This can be done with a variety of tools, including scrapers, … Read More