Paint One offers many home improvement services to homeowners. One of those services is popcorn ceiling removal. Our professional crews have years of experience providing popcorn ceiling removal services to homeowners in Charlotte.
Originally called acoustic ceilings, popcorn ceilings became popular in the 1950’s and stayed in high demand for over three decades. Back then, popcorn ceilings were used in bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens. Popcorn ceilings were said to have noise reduction properties. The truth is that popcorn ceilings were used to hide imperfections in the large expanse of a ceiling. This type of texturing ceiling treatment was inexpensive and easy to apply. And it easily masked defects in ceiling construction, poor workmanship, stains and structural cracks.
Popcorn ceiling removal – a much needed home improvement
There are many reasons why a homeowner would consider popcorn ceiling removal services, the most important being that some popcorn ceilings contain asbestos, a harmful material that can lead to serious health issues such as cancer, if inhaled. Asbestos was used in popcorn ceilings until the early 1980’s. Asbestos in itself is not dangerous. It becomes dangerous when it is friable, meaning when its particles are airborne and inhaled.
The popcorn ceiling removal process involves scrapping the popcorn texture, which could release asbestos particles in the air. We highly recommend for homeowners to hire a professional popcorn ceiling removal company like Paint One to do the job and consequently avoid putting themselves and their family in danger of asbestos exposure. Another reason why asbestos should be removed by a professional company like Paint One is because by law, once popcorn ceilings have been scrapped off, the debris must be disposed of in a specific manner. During the popcorn ceiling removal process, popcorn ceiling material cannot be disposed of like other waste materials and specific precautionary measures must be followed.
Another reason why homeowners hire contractors like Paint One is because popcorn ceilings are difficult to clean. They harbor and trap mold and dust which is difficult to remove because of their rugged surface.
Popcorn ceilings have become so undesirable that they tend to affect a home’s value according MSN Real Estate.
Popcorn ceiling removal process
Before removing popcorn ceilings, a sample of the popcorn material is collected and sent out to a laboratory for analysis. The goal is to find out if asbestos is present or not. If the results are positive, only a licensed asbestos removal company will be able to perform the removal. Popcorn ceiling removal is a dirty, nasty, hard and long job. As you scrape the ceiling, debris will fall all over you.
When removing popcorn ceilings, we follow some steps to make sure the removal is done appropriately.
We remove all ceiling light fixture and cap / protect all exposed electrical wires with wire nuts. Power to the room where the popcorn ceiling removal will take place is turned off at the breaker. Water will be used to wet the ceiling and make it easier for the removal so it is critical that no power be on in that particular area.
We cover the floors to protect them from falling debris and staining with plastic drop cloths. Popcorn ceiling removal is messy.
We cover the walls to protect them against water and debris that will result from the popcorn ceiling removal process.
We wet the popcorn ceiling to make it easier to remove (softer) and also to bound any asbestos (if any). Remember that airborne asbestos is very dangerous. This step is very messy, but the precautions we take to protect your floors and walls will make it easy to clean up the area and prevent damage.
We scrap the ceiling to remove the unwanted texture with a popcorn ceiling scrapper. This part of the popcorn ceiling removal process can be lengthy depending on how easy or difficult it is to remove the popcorn texture. If there is a lot of debris, the floor coverings (liners) may need to be replaced.
Once all the popcorn texture is gone, the exposed seams will be mudded or taped. Any holes on the ceiling’s surface resulting from the popcorn ceiling removal process will be patched. The ceiling surface must be smooth before it can be painted. The ceiling surface will be sanded down to leave a completely smooth surface. The surface needs to be flat and even. If not, all the imperfection will show easily once the ceiling is painted with the final color.
Popcorn ceiling removal is not an easy job. If you have back and neck issues, you should stay away from undertaking popcorn ceiling removal on your own. Popcorn ceiling removal requires looking up and having your arms lifted up for extended periods of time. We highly recommend that you hire a professional company like Paint One for your popcorn ceiling removal project.