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How To Remove Popcorn Ceiling

How To Remove Popcorn Ceiling

Vintage inspired decorating trends, commonly known as Mid-Century Modern, is consistently making headlines with sleek profiles, tapered legs, and tons of wood. One vintage trend you will not be seeing come back into style, popcorn ceilings. In the late 1950s, popcorn ceiling exploded into homes because they provided an easy finish and made hiding imperfections easy. They also helped reduce noise bouncing from room to room. Today, they catch dust easily, are hard to clean, difficult to repair, and present an eyesore to a modern room.

If you’re tired of dusting your ceiling and having little white specs fall all over your home, there are three common tactics to eliminate popcorn ceiling. Popcorn removal is a messy and potentially hazardous task. It’s important that the task is performed by experienced and trained professionals.

Traditional Method To Remove Popcorn Ceiling

Scraping is the traditional and most popular method to remove popcorn ceiling. While it’s most cost-effective, it’s also the slowest and messiest process. In most cases, a drywall or utility knife is needed to chip away at the popcorn, occasionally the ceiling needs to be skimmed and smoothed with a thin layer of joint compound, then sanded before repainting.

Before scraping your ceiling, it’s essential you know the anatomy of the house and the year it was built. Paint and popcorn finishes applied before 1979 have a high possibility of containing lead and asbestos that are toxic if sent into the air. If your home is older, consult with a trained professional about testing for asbestos, or perform an at-home test. If the test is positive, you will need to find an alternative method to remove popcorn ceiling.

If You Can’t Scrape, Use Drywall

A safer method to removing popcorn ceiling is by using drywall. Our team of industry pros can quickly and efficiently complete the job in a short amount of time. A method often used is attaching ceiling-grade gypsum board over the popcorn ceiling. With proficient taping and mudding, your ceiling will have the smoothest possible finish.

Create Another Textured Design

A method making a comeback is putting a skim coat on a new design. It’s still a texture, but it’s stylish with character. The design is found in home pre-popcorn era and many older home owners want this style to help recapture the history of the house. To achieve this type of textured ceiling, a professional must clean and prep the existing substrate with quick-set drywall mud, then apply a bonding agent and a finish compound in order to create a new texture.

Before choosing this method of popcorn removal, ensure the substrate is structurally secure. You will add a wet product to the structure, which often creates more weight than the ceiling can handle. Our trained team knows the specifics to look for and will always give expert advice on which removal best suits your home and unique needs.

Popcorn Removal Services

Imagine having a clean, hazard-free ceiling and checking the popcorn ceiling off your home improvement checklist once and for all. Local homeowners are frequently surprised that EmeraldPro Painting contractors can not only provide impeccable painting services but can also remove popcorn ceilings in a variety of ways. If you’re ready to say goodbye to popcorn ceilings, schedule an appointment today for a free estimate!