How hard is it to remove popcorn ceilings?
Are parts of your home’s interior still covered in that bumpy, sprayed-on material known as “popcorn ceilings?” Do you find these ceiling surfaces unsightly? Is it difficult for you to keep your ceilings clean and free of dust and debris? Then it may be time for you to finally rid your home of this material and reveal a smoother, more modern surface underneath.
But in order to do that, you’ll need to remove that material from your ceiling surface. The question is, how hard is it to remove popcorn ceilings? Does it require a lot of time and work? Do the professionals need to be called in or is it something you can do yourself? Once they’re removed, what type of ceiling surface will you want in replacement?
Are Popcorn Ceilings Hard to Remove?
The answer to this question depends on who’s doing the work. If you are planning to do a DIY project and attempt the removal of your popcorn ceilings on your own, then yes, popcorn ceilings are hard to remove. But if you call in the professionals who have lots of experience with this type of project and have the skills and equipment required to do a good job, then, no, this type of project does not have to be difficult at all, especially not for you.
While there may be a variety of different jobs around the house that you can tackle on your own – such as patching up a hole in the drywall, replacing a light bulb, or tightening up loose door hinges – removing popcorn ceilings should definitely be left to the experts.
How Are Popcorn Ceilings Removed?
There are a handful of ways that popcorn ceiling material can be removed, including the following:
Scrape it off – This is a common way to remove popcorn ceiling material and simply involves scraping off the material with a utility knife. In order to do this effectively, the material must be softened with water in patches, after which the material can be easily sloughed off. As you would imagine, this is a messy job, so precautions would need to be taken to cover all floors and furniture before this job is done.
Cover it with ceiling drywall – Rather than removing the sprayed-on material, the ceiling can simply be covered up with drywall. This method will ensure that the surface is completely smooth with no patchwork required from scraping. It may also be a method of choice if there is asbestos in the material which should not be disturbed.
Add a new material on top – You could also have a new texture applied to your ceilings. While this would not result in a smooth surface, it would be a much more attractive and modern pattern compared to those unsightly bumps from your popcorn ceilings.
If you’re ready to have your popcorn ceilings removed, call The Ceiling Specialists today.