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What are Popcorn Ceilings?
If you have ever seen a ceiling with tiny textures all over it, you have seen popcorn ceiling. Popcorn ceiling is an extremely common type of material used as a texture or as a finish for ceilings. They can be made from a variety of materials including vermiculite and even Styrofoam.
The reason this type of ceiling is so common is that it is very easy and cheap to put up. The mix can easily be applied in a short amount of time. For example, popcorn ceiling is often much faster and easier than paining a ceiling because with painting, you may have to do some repair work before you apply the paint. With popcorn ceiling, no repairs are required. You just slap the mixture onto the ceiling and it covers up all damage and imperfections.
But just because it is easy doesn’t make it the best option for ceiling finishing. In fact, there are plenty of good reasons to get rid of your popcorn ceiling.
Popcorn Ceiling Could be Dangerous
Vermiculite is a natural mineral that, again, is used in many popcorn ceilings. And while it is not the same thing as asbestos, it has been known to contain it. That’s right; your popcorn ceiling could be endangering your health and the health of your loved ones. In fact, popcorn ceiling removal is a very common part of asbestos remediation.
It’s Hard to Repair
Popcorn ceiling may be a breeze to put up but you better hope it never gets damaged. Repairing popcorn ceiling often involves cutting out large squares of the actual texture and simply replacing it. But matching the texturing and the color of the original material can be very difficult.
It’s Hard to Clean
All the tiny little peaks and valleys that makeup popcorn ceiling make it a pain in the neck to clean. The little grooves and valleys that it creates are perfect homes for tiny insects and cobwebs. You can simply go at it with a broom but expect to get showered with tiny particles of popcorn texturing – creating even more of a mess.
Popcorn ceiling is old fashioned – and not in the good way. It is a building craze that has not aged well. Popcorn ceiling is so common today because it was the go-to for contractors and homeowners who wanted to save money for a very long time. How long you ask? Popcorn ceiling was used en masse between 1930 and 1990. But for however popular it used to be, it hasn’t held its allure in the modern age. If you are going for a modern look in your home, you would do well to avoid popcorn ceilings.
It Diminishes your Home’s Value
Last but not least, popcorn ceiling can actually lower your home’s value. Because it is now considered dated, a liability and even a potential health hazard, many appraisers knock off points for popcorn ceiling.
Popcorn Ceiling Alternative
So if popcorn ceilings are really that bad, what is a good alternative? The best choice if you want a clean, modern-looking home is a smooth finish with a coat of paint. This is what most contractors and homeowners opt for these days because it looks much more professional and is easier to repaint in the future.
But despite the aesthetic appeal, you get the antithesis of all the cons that we mentioned earlier. A smooth finish with paint poses no health hazard, its easier to clean and can actually boost the value of your home.
Getting Rid of Popcorn Ceiling
If you have read up to this point then you may be seriously considering getting rid of your old popcorn ceiling. And unless you happen to be a carpenter or painter yourself, this isn’t really a DIY job. It’s best to hire professionals because:
- Removing popcorn ceiling is a very messy job. Unless you have the proper equipment, the cleanup will actually take longer than the removal.
- Unless you know exactly what you are doing, there is a very real chance that you will damage the ceiling substrate. This not only means more money in repairs but it can make it very difficult to finish the ceiling.
- You may not be able to simply throw your old popcorn ceiling material in the trash can depending on what yours is made of. But a professional contracting company can take care of proper disposal for you.
Besides all this, popcorn ceiling removal is a relatively affordable project. That is, when you work with us. We remove popcorn ceiling thoroughly and professionally. And when it’s all done, we can even paint your smooth new ceiling for you. If you are ready to modernize your home get in touch with us here at (704) 245-9409 Century Painting for professional popcorn ceiling removal.
Asbestos Safety Resource
Exposure to the mineral asbestos, which was once used throughout homes and often times in popcorn ceilings, can cause mesothelioma cancer.
The Pleural Mesothelioma Center is a completely free center for those suffering from mesothelioma.
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