If your home was built between the 1950s and the 1980s, and hasn’t been updated since then, you may have what’s known as popcorn ceilings. Also known as acoustic ceilings or stucco ceilings, popcorn ceilings were very popular due to how fast and easy they were to apply. Also, they managed to easily hide any imperfections on the ceiling. If you are tired of the dated look that comes along with popcorn ceilings, there are a few different ways it can be removed, and several safety precautions you’ll need to take!
To begin, remember that asbestos wasn’t banned until 1979, and older paints and textures may contain lead or even asbestos. The first thing to do when removing any old ceiling paint is to check for asbestos first! Sending it airborne is extremely dangerous, so if you detect any, be sure to call a professional removal team immediately.
The next thing to do is to decide if you want to remove, hide, or cover up your existing ceiling. If you’d like to remove the texture, but keep your existing drywall, we can use the scraping method. While very time consuming, we can get you a smooth and great looking ceiling with this method. Another popular way to cover up popcorn ceilings is with plaster. Essentially, your contractor can fill in the texture with plaster, creating a smoother appearance. Last but not least, some homeowners prefer to have the old ceiling completely hidden behind a new installation of drywall, so no scraping or disruption needs to happen to the old paint on the ceiling.