Advice for Removing Your Dated Popcorn Ceiling

 -Tempe, AZ

Popcorn ceilings were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. They concealed flaws in the ceiling and were fashionable at the time. They, like many other trends, did not last. Many homeowners today groan at them and wish they were gone. The good news is that people who buy a fixer-upper home can easily sell it. Because it makes the home more appealing to modern buyers, removing a popcorn ceiling has the potential to be a high-ROI home improvement. Are you ready to update your ceilings? Continue reading to find out how to get rid of a popcorn ceiling.

Why Would You Get Rid of Popcorn Ceiling

The main reason to remove popcorn ceilings is that they are no longer fashionable. Buying a home is most people's largest investment, so it's worth taking the time to personalize it. Furthermore, the majority of prospective homebuyers regard them as outdated. There are also practical drawbacks. The rough texture attracts dust and cobwebs, and patch repairs are difficult to make in a way that matches the texture. Furthermore, the ceiling will eventually require painting, which is difficult and time-consuming on such a rough surface.

How To Get Rid of a Popcorn Ceiling

While there are alternatives, scraping is the most commonly used method for removing popcorn ceilings.

Asbestos may have been present in popcorn used prior to 1980. If your home was built in the late 1970s or earlier, you should be aware that asbestos may be present. You can find out how to do so from your local health department. If asbestos is found, it must be professionally removed. Alternatively, encapsulate the asbestos using one of the other methods.

Ceilings painted prior to 1980 may also contain lead paint. There are lead-paint home test kits available.

Scraping is a time-consuming task. Even with experience, scraping 500 square feet can take up to 20 hours. However, it is inexpensive and can be completed by one person. Here are some pointers to help you get the job done:

Alternatives To Scraping Popcorn Ceiling

Painted popcorn can be difficult or impossible to scrape. Scraping is dangerous if there is asbestos in the ceiling, so drywalling is a better option. The job requires a ceiling-grade board that is lighter than standard wallboard. It must be fastened with drywall screws and then taped and mudded like any other drywall. It takes time and skill, but if done correctly, it results in the smoothest possible surface.

Another option is to skim a new coat of drywall over the popcorn with a different design. Prepare the existing ceiling with quick-setting drywall mud, then apply a bonding agent before troweling on a new texture with a finishing compound. Swirls, circles, or any other pattern that fits the theme of your room can be created.

This is not suitable for everyone. Some people simply do not want texture on their ceiling, even if it is new and fresh. However, it is a less difficult DIY than drywalling. Textured ceilings can be a pleasant surprise, and the look may complement the ambiance, especially in an older home.

Popcorn ceilings are a thing of the past.

When confronted with unwanted popcorn, many homeowners opt to hire a reputable contractor, which is sometimes the best option. However, for those who want to do the job themselves, there are several options. While scraping can be time-consuming and expensive, removing popcorn texture from the ceiling is a great way to make a home feel brand new. Call Marcel Painting and let us handle the job for you.

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