If you’ve lived with popcorn ceilings for any amount of time, you’re probably tired of looking at them. However, DIY popcorn ceiling removal is an incredibly labor-intensive process that can go wrong very quickly. No matter how handy, crafty, or Pinterest-ey you may be, removing popcorn ceilings requires a professional. Additionally, a home built before 1977 require additional precaution due to the potential cases of asbestos being present.
Are you interested to know what’s involved? Well, here are the details!
Room preparation; Our process for popcorn ceiling removal includes extensive prep work before the first scrape. All furnishings and other items must be moved out of the room or protected so that we can adequately seal off the walls and floor.
Ceiling preparation; Once properly preparing the room is complete, we’re ready to prep the ceiling. We mist the popcorn texture with water to help dissolve the binding and ensure the removal is as smooth and dust-free as possible.
Removal; Now it’s time to scrape. That is where professional drywall finishing skills and proper tools are essential.
Skim coat; Once the popcorn is removed, we assess the condition of the ceiling. Are there drywall seams that need to be repaired? Holes, nicks, or other damages? A skim-coat over damaged areas helps to hide imperfections and ensure a clean and smooth finish.
Sanding; Once multiple skim coats have been applied and have completely dried, we’re ready to sand the entire ceiling down.
Applying the paint; A coat of primer is applied. Following the primer coat is the topcoat of your choice.
How much does it cost to remove popcorn ceilings?
Costs vary depending upon the ceiling height, room layout, and the type of ceiling texture. Thick layers and complex surfaces can be more challenging to remove, while other types of textured ceilings can increase the risk of damaging the ceiling drywall.
The only way to truly know how much it will cost to remove your popcorn ceilings is to have a professional visit your home and provide an assessment.
Reasons to remove your popcorn ceiling.
- They’re difficult to keep clean. Cobwebs and dust cling to the texture and leave behind discoloration when wiped away.
- Damage is difficult or impossible to repair correctly. When there’s a roof leak, hole, or other situation that results in unsightly spots on a popcorn ceiling, it’s nearly impossible to fix the issue and perfectly match the color and texture.
- Before it was banned in 1977, asbestos was an ingredient in popcorn ceilings. As the dangers of asbestos came to light, countless buildings have undergone the complex asbestos removal process, but it does still exist in older homes today.
- Popcorn ceilings are an immense pain for a homeowner to remove.
Don’t spend another day staring at popcorn ceilings.
Whether you’re getting ready to list your home, the new owner of a fixer-upper, or are simply tired of looking at those dingy textured ceilings, it’s time to join the ranks of homeowners who have put popcorn ceilings in the past. We specialize in safe, clean, and professional popcorn ceiling removal, and we know you’ll love the results. Contact us today for a free quote today!