The texturing effect was started in the 1930s and continued to be used up through the 1990s, covering ceilings in a bumpy texture. This look was popular for a number of reasons, but due to health concerns and a change in home design trends, it is no longer desirable. If you have popcorn ceilings, there are good reasons to consider removing them.
Why Remove Popcorn Ceilings?
If you have a home with popcorn ceilings, there are many reasons why you may want to consider removing them and redesigning the look of your rooms. Some people do not mind the popcorn texture, but many would prefer to have a more modern, sleek look. Here are some common reasons homeowners choose to remove their popcorn ceilings:
- Out-of-style. Popcorn ceilings are no longer stylish and are unlikely to come back as a design trend anytime soon. Sleek, plaster ceilings that can be painted to match the décor of a room can update the look of your home.
- Cleaning. Trying to clean popcorn ceilings is difficult and frustrating. Even dusting to remove cobwebs is hard to do; any cloth or duster used tends to stick to the texture, creating more problems.
- Asbestos. Up until 1977, many popcorn ceilings were made with asbestos. Although the asbestos should not be harmful if left in place, safely removing popcorn ceilings that contain asbestos requires specialized techniques and equipment.
- Home value. If you decide to sell your home, popcorn ceilings can be a deterrent for buyers. The style and concern about asbestos may lower the value of your home compared to similar homes without this design aspect in place.
There are many reasons to remove popcorn ceilings and only a few reasons why people leave them in place. Popcorn ceilings can hide imperfections in a ceiling; if the ceiling is uneven underneath, it takes skill to create a smooth look. Removal is also messy and popcorn ceilings with asbestos require special precautions to avoid exposure. However, these issues should not deter someone from removing their popcorn ceilings considering the many benefits that can be gained.
How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings
If you decide you want your popcorn ceilings gone, you need to decide whether you want to hire a professional or if you want to try to do this yourself. You also need to find out whether your ceilings contain asbestos. The latter is the most important factor and may help you determine whether or not to hire a pro for removal.
To find out if your ceiling contains asbestos, you need it tested. To get testing, you need to send a sample to a laboratory. You will need gloves, a HEPA mask, a spray bottle, a putty knife and a sealed container. Fill a small spray bottle with water and about a teaspoon of dish soap. Put on your gloves and mask, then spray a small area of the ceiling, soaking it through the texture. Use the putty knife to remove a sample and put it in the sealed container. This can be sent to a lab that does asbestos testing to get the results.
If your lab results reveal asbestos, you should use a professional service to remove your popcorn ceilings. They have the right equipment to safely remove the material and ensure it is disposed of correctly for EPA standards.
If your ceiling does not contain asbestos, you can tackle this job yourself. You will want to cover the room in plastic, taping the edges to catch all debris and water. You will perform the same procedure as removing the sample, but over the entire ceiling. All the texture must be soaked, then scraped away. Use a garden hose to mist areas, then a scraper on a pole can work to remove the texture. You should wear a mask and gloves even without asbestos as the materials can still cause skin and respiratory irritation.
Once the texture is removed, the ceiling will need to be smoothed. Once it is dry, joint compound can be used to fill gouges and uneven areas to create a smooth finish. This can be tricky, especially for ceilings that were uneven before the popcorn texture was added. Plastering or adding drywall may be needed to create the smooth finish you desire.
Professional Popcorn Ceiling Removal In Nashville
Removing popcorn ceilings is not difficult, but it is a messy job. What really takes skill is creating a new, smooth surface that can be painted any color you want. At Nashville Painting Company, we offer professional removal of any popcorn ceiling, even those containing asbestos. We can ensure the old texture is completely eliminated from your home and restore a smooth finish. Once completed, we can also paint your new modern ceiling any color you desire. Contact us today to schedule your popcorn ceiling removal.