Should I Remove a Popcorn Ceiling?

There may be issues where you would want to remove a popcorn ceiling. Popcorn ceiling is a texture that resembles; you guessed it – popcorn. Though some say, it looks more like cottage cheese! The popcorn ceiling texture was a common decorating technique used for some years. But like many things from the 70’s and 80’s has become outdated and possibly dangerous.

Before you start the task of knocking down the textured ceiling, think about the reasons and risk of removing the popcorn to determine if whether or not you should proceed.

Consider This Before Removing a Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn Ceilings May Contain Asbestos

It is possible that your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, which can cause severe health issues if disturbed. Any popcorn ceiling texture applied before 1978 will likely contain asbestos. If you aren’t 100% sure when the popcorn ceiling was installed you should assume that it contains asbestos.

If you leave the ceiling alone, it won’t poses a health risk. It is when the asbestos is disturbed that allows the fibers to become airborne and enter the lungs that asbestos becomes a health risk. Once the fibers come into the lungs, the possible health risks are lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis.

Test for asbestos before starting any work on a popcorn ceiling. Hire an expert to remove the popcorn ceiling and your home if the test returns positive for asbestos.

Popcorn Ceiling Are Hard to Paint

Popcorn ceilings are extremely hard to paint, with so many crevasses and pits it is difficult to apply an even coat of paint. Paint rollers are not adequate to paint a popcorn ceiling. So that leaves you with only two options: a paintbrush or a sprayer. Painting the ceiling by brush is slow and tedious and using a sprayer takes a skilled hand and can be expensive to rent.

Popcorn Ceilings Make Your Home Look Dated

Popcorn ceilings in homes were all the rage from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Popcorn ceilings were common because they were easy and cheap to install. Now popcorn ceilings just make your home look outdated.

Popcorn Ceilings Are Difficult to Repair and Maintain

Popcorn ceilings are difficult to keep clean and require routine maintenance. Dust and dirt can get trapped into every nooks and cranny making your home look dingy. Even more than that a popcorn ceiling accumulates allergens and mold spores that could make your family ill. Replacing your popcorn ceiling can improve your health.

Use a step ladder and brush attachment on a vacuum to brush the service of the ceiling to remove dust. But use caution, touching the popcorn texture can stir up the asbestos particles releasing them into the air.

Repairing a popcorn ceiling can be challenging as well. If the ceiling drywall becomes damaged or perhaps a wet spot has formed your ceiling will need repairs. Fixing a ceiling means removing the popcorn texture from the damaged area, removing and patching the drywall, then applying texture and paint. As mention previously, removing the textured ceiling can release asbestos particles into the air, so it is best to call a professional.

Popcorn Ceilings are Challenging to Remove

Removing a popcorn ceiling is a challenging and dangerous task, so it would behoove you to hire a professional to help. A professional popcorn ceiling removal company will help you ditch that old decor and bring your home up to current trends.