For many homeowners, a popcorn ceiling is a blast from the past. Popular in the 60s and 70s, this high texture ceiling feature was created using drywall and plaster to create a rough surface that didn’t require painting.
Over time, the impracticality of popcorn ceilings became apparent as they were difficult to keep clean, becoming a place where cobwebs and dust could build up over time. Popcorn ceilings would often crumble over time leaving behind holes that were difficult to match years later creating a patchwork effect on the ceiling.
Today, many homeowners are choosing to remove popcorn ceilings in favour of a more sleek and minimalist look that requires less work to manage and keep clean.
If you are ready to say good riddance to popcorn ceilings, here are some helpful hints on how to remove this out-of-date ceiling feature.
Removing a popcorn ceiling is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to upgrade the look of your home. Homeowners can expect to pay between $5 to $7 per square foot. Like with any renovation project, always make sure to budget for cost overruns in the range of 10% so you can be sure you are getting your project done right and to your expectations. If your home also requires the removal of asbestos, expect to pay $10 to $20 per square foot.
There are many ways to remove popcorn ceilings, but the best way is through dry or wet scraping. Using care and the right tools, you can easily remove popcorn ceilings so they are suitable for painting or other treatments.
Here are 4 simple tips to help you get rid of the popcorn ceiling:
– Prep Your Work Area – Remove all furniture and cover walls and floors. Remove any ceiling fixtures and cover holes or outlets to prevent damage.
– Dampen Ceiling – Popcorn ceiling is best removed with a bit of water to help loosen up the material. Remember to work in small sections to avoid getting your ceiling too wet.
– Take Your Time – Let the water soak into your ceiling before you begin work. This usually takes about 15 mins. Give the ceiling time to dry before moving on to the next step.
– Final Touches – Fill any gaps, cracks, or gouges before sanding and priming your ceiling for painting. This will ensure a flawless paint application and a beautiful-looking ceiling when the job is done.
Many popcorn ceilings installed before 1980 contain asbestos. Wearing a mask, scrape a sample from your ceiling, and have your local health department do a test. You can also find asbestos testing kits online.
Asbestos is a potential cancer-causing chemical and should be removed by experts. If your ceiling is found to have asbestos, do not attempt to remove it yourself. A professional removal company has the necessary tools and personal protection equipment to ensure the safe and complete removal of asbestos. If you are taking the project on yourself, you have two choices in lessening the risk to your health.
Encapsulating a popcorn ceiling is an effective way of minimizing the risks associated with asbestos. A fire-rated 1-inch membrane is applied over the asbestos and stretched to prevent the escape of asbestos. No drilling is done during this process to prevent exposure.
Anyone involved in the removal of asbestos should wear the right personal protection equipment including masks, hazmat suits, and goggles.
– Scraping – Scraping can be used for the removal of popcorn ceilings that contain asbestos. Make sure that all materials are collected in biohazard bags and disposed of safely and legally. Consult your local municipality to see what the guidelines are for asbestos removal.
– Sanding – Sanding usually works well on ceilings that have not been painted. Use a professional drywall sander. Use a shop vac to collect any dust or debris.
– Skim Coating – Cover the popcorn ceiling with mud. This will create a new coating that you can sand to create a smooth finish.
– Overlay – This puts a new layer of sheetrock over the existing ceiling, giving you a new surface. This can be expensive, up to $3 per square foot.
Remember, never handle asbestos with your bare hands or without protective gear. Even minimal exposure can lead to breathing problems. Always consult with a professional before trying to remove asbestos from your home.
Popcorn ceilings can cause several health issues. As popcorn ceilings chip and break down over time, asbestos can become airborne. Inhaling these particles can lead to asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.
The effects of long-term asbestos exposure may not show up for years. By that time it is often too late for effective treatments. Homeowners who live in a home built before 1980 should test for the presence of asbestos and have it removed immediately.
If you are ready to update the look of your ceiling and get rid of that old, outdated popcorn appearance, contact Prestige Painting and Contracting. Our professional and friendly crew can help you safely and effectively remove your popcorn ceiling so that you can breathe easily. It is a smart choice to hire a professional to remove a popcorn ceiling that contains asbestos. This will ensure the complete and safe removal of any potentially dangerous particles and materials.
Homeowners in Vaughan and the surrounding area trust Prestige to provide them with expert work at a price that fits their budget. Contact us today for a free quote and let us give your ceiling a brand new look.