Popcorn ceilings may have been all the rage in the 1970s and 1980s, but they’re certainly not popular today. You’d be hard-pressed to find a homeowner who actually still likes the look of popcorn ceilings. Instead, most homeowners who have popcorn ceilings in their homes probably either want to have them removed or have already done so.
Whether you’re looking to improve the looks of your home or are thinking of selling some time in the near future, you might want to consider popcorn ceiling removal.
So, what exactly is involved in ceiling removal? Scraping it Off One of the more common and obvious ways of popcorn ceiling removal is scraping the material off. But a word of caution: it was common for popcorn ceiling material to contain asbestos, which is a potentially hazardous substance when it is inhaled over a period of time. Since scraping can allow dust particles of the ceiling material to become airborne, it’s important to have the material tested first to see if it contains this substance.
If there’s no asbestos present, you can carry on with the procedure. To make scraping easier, the material will need to be softened first. You can do this by spraying hot water to the surface and allow it to sit there to moisten and soften the material.
Them using a putty knife, scrape the material off while being careful not to cause too much damage to the underlying surface. Once all the material is gone, patch up any holes or flaws with joint compound, sand it down, and wipe it to reveal a smoother surface. Covering it Up While this process doesn’t necessarily involve removing anything, it can still help to create a much more modern ceiling surface. Rather than scraping off the material in the ceiling removal process, you can just cover it up with ceiling drywall.
This way, you’ll be left with a very smooth surface with no defects to have to patch up, and you won’t be at risk of allowing any potential asbestos from becoming airborne. This method also doesn’t involve as much as a clean up afterwards, either.
But this method can be more expensive and can be just as labour-intensive as the scraping method. You’ll definitely need a few sets of hands to get this job done. Applying a New Texture While this method won’t leave a completely smooth surface behind, it still provides you with the opportunity to have a more attractive surface. This method basically involves applying a new compound over top of the old surface to create a texture that is more to your liking.
Before you apply the compound, however, it’s important to test the present surface material to make sure it will be able to support the weight of the new material being applied. Get the Pros to Help With Your Ceiling Removal While you can always try taking the DIY route for popcorn ceiling removal, you’ll probably have better luck having it removed by the experts in this field. The Ceiling Specialists has been removing popcorn ceilings for years and has perfected the art of revealing a much more attractive surface underneath. If you’re looking to have your ceiling removed, call The Ceiling Specialists today!