Popcorn Ceiling Removal: All You Need to Know

Popcorn has been around for countless years and is an infamous staple in old homes. Popcorn ceilings were popular from 1945 until the 1990s. This bumpy, textured ceiling covering was used to help reduce noise and cover up imperfections. Nowadays this style is simply outdated, so homeowners and renovators are putting popcorn ceiling removal services at the top of their to-do-list.

Below is all the information you need to know about Popcorn Ceilings aka Acoustic Ceilings. 

Why Popcorn Ceilings Are Terrible

Popcorn Ceilings otherwise known as acoustic ceilings were born out of laziness and to save money. This method was a so-called budget-friendly shortcut and became widely adopted in the 1940s which is still seen in so many old homes these days.

Popcorn ceilings are supposed to hide imperfections but really after time they collect dust and are hard to clean. For many houses, popcorn was the original ceiling texture and today can really date the appearance of your home and be an eyesore. If it’s holding well to the ceiling and you’re not experiencing any issues, and still like the texture, repainting it may be the best way to refresh it. It’s a cheap, simple solution for a ceiling that doesn’t need any patches or repairs.

The main concern with popcorn is the potential exposure to asbestos as the popcorn ceiling material often included that mineral and wasn’t seen as a health concern years ago. Popcorn ceilings installed before 1980 contain asbestos and are harmful to your health. Once this was realized, in 1989 the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule banning most asbestos-containing products because of potential exposure and health risks.

The best way to ensure asbestos isn’t harming you and your family is to get rid of the popcorn ceiling and install new ceiling panels on unfinished ceilings.

DIY or Hire Professional

If you love your current house or looking to buy a home that has a popcorn ceiling don’t despair, you can get rid of the popcorn and refresh the look of your home. The question is, do you remove the popcorn yourself or hire a professional?

Ceiling work can be a huge pain even under the best circumstances, but when you add the risk popcorn ceilings can have, it gets more troublesome. You can do the project yourself and save a little bit of cash, but popcorn removal is a very intensive DIY project. If you do decide to remove it yourself, be aware that it will create a substantial mess; you’ll need to remove everything from the room and protect the walls to avoid unnecessary mess and damage. It’s a very complicated and timely process, and you’ll definitely need to wear proper respiratory protection to avoid health risks.

That is why we recommend hiring professionals to safely and professionally remove the popcorn and give the ceiling the proper upgrade it needs.

The usual average cost for popcorn ceiling removal is 1 to 2 dollars per square foot; doesn’t sound like much but it can add up quickly. However, the benefits of hiring professionals save you time and the hassle to do the job yourself. A team of professionals will prep the room – remove all light switches and fixtures, move small furniture aside, and cover the floors and remaining furniture to protect them from debris. They will saturate the ceiling with water and scrape the popcorn off.

Once the popcorn is removed and the surface is dry, they do any necessary repairs, sanding, creating a flat finish, and priming. What about clean up? Homeowners don’t need to worry; all debris and materials will be properly disposed of, and the walls and floors will be wiped down. The money you invested in popcorn ceiling removal will be well worth your time and you will love the finished result!

Call Bicalho Pro Services

If you are tired of a textured ceiling, dealing with dust build-up, and looking for a modern, clean-lined ceiling design, it is time to call the professionals. Bicalho Pro Services offers professional and safe residential and commercial popcorn ceiling removal services throughout Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parkland, FL, Weston, FL, Boca Raton, FL, Davie, FL, Hollywood, FL, Coral Springs, FL, and surrounding South Florida communities. If you’re interested in our popcorn removal services, request a free estimate either by filling out the online form or by calling us at 561-672-4970 today.

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