A couple of decades ago, textured ceilings were the in-thing. They were used to reduce echoes and to absorb sound. However, with time, the design is no longer popular with homeowners. And though no new homes have popcorn ceilings, there are still many old homes that have them. This is usually because removing popcorns is a tedious and complicated process. And while you might try to remove the popcorns yourself, we recommend that you leave it to the experts. In addition to being a complicated process, there are safety concerns.
When you are ready to get rid of the popcorn ceiling, you should give us a call and let it handle it for you. In the meantime, below are a couple of things to bear in mind:
Popcorn ceiling removal NJ process
To understand the process involved in getting rid of popcorn ceilings, you need to know what they are. Basically, they are paint-on or spray-on ceiling treatments that had white asbestos. However, after the 1970s, industries shifted to paper-based products to create the popcorns. The process and difficulty involved in getting rid of popcorns depend on the type of material used.
But regardless of the type, we can guarantee one thing – it will be a multi-step process. Below is the process we follow in our popcorn removal projects:
- We remove light fixtures and switches in the room
- We mask the floors and furniture to protect them from the dust, residue, and debris that is removed
- The unpainted popcorn ceiling is easier to handle as they only require water-based solutions that dissolve the stucco
- Painted stucco increases the process since more prep work is needed after removal
- Once the popcorn is removed, the substrate is filled to give a flat finish
- We sand the new filling and prime it before applying the finishing coat
- We clean up the debris on the floor
Why you should remove your popcorn ceiling
Why should you go through the trouble of removing the popcorn ceiling? First, without the popcorns, the house has a modern look. In addition to this, popcorn removal increases the house’s resale value. This is because many home buyers shy away from homes that they know will cost them extra in renovations
In terms of aesthetics, the popcorns turn yellow with time, especially when they sustain water damage. And while painting over them is an option, we don’t recommend it as the yellowing will recur.
Popcorn ceilings with asbestos
Like with lead-based paint, you should have a professional check for asbestos levels on the ceiling before the project starts. This is especially important if your home was built before 1981. If lead or asbestos is present, then the removal process becomes a lot more complicated and unsafe. Now we definitely have to take over the project for your safety and that of your kids.
As professionals, we take precautions to prevent lead and asbestos dust from floating freely in the air. We shall dispose of the debris in accordance with the New Jersey lead-based paint and asbestos rules and regulations.
Call us today
If you have a popcorn ceiling and you are ready to get rid of it, call us at 201-580-3922 for a free quote or to hire us.