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How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

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How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

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There are plenty of features in a home that can make it look outdated and even pull its value down, and popcorn ceilings are one of them. Made popular decades earlier because of their acoustic properties, ease of application, and affordability, popcorn ceilings are no longer in style and are rarely ever installed anymore these days.

Current home construction tends to favour smoother, more modern ceiling finishes rather than the unsightly sprayed-on material that is characteristic of popcorn ceilings. The thing is, some homes that were built before the 1980s still have popcorn ceilings in them, leaving homeowners wondering how to remove popcorn ceilings in an effort to both improve the overall look of the interior and boost the perceived property value.

The question is, how exactly are popcorn ceilings removed? What can be done to eliminate its surface to reveal a smoother, more aesthetically-pleasing finish?

Scrape the Material Off

Perhaps the most sensical way of removing popcorn ceilings is by scraping the bumpy texture that lies atop the ceiling drywall below. To do this effectively, the material needs to be softened first, making it easy to remove the material seamlessly. But rather than softening the entire surface material at once, it needs to be done in patches in order to prevent the material from drying in certain areas before it can be scraped off.

Measures need to be taken to employ this method, as it will create a huge mess from all the material falling off the ceiling and landing on the floor or furniture that hasn’t been removed from the room.

Doorways should also be blocked off to prevent any airborne material from traveling onto other areas of the home, creating an even bigger mess to clean up.

Cover the Surface With Ceiling Drywall

An alternative to scraping is to cover the surface with brand new ceiling drywall. This method will ensure a smoother surface, as scraping tends to leave behind dents from all the scraping from the utility knife. That said this method is also labour-intensive and requires skilled hands and plenty of help. However, the finish is typically seamless when done properly.

Apply a New Texture

While this method does not result in a completely smooth finish, it can help to create a much more modern finish that’s more visually appealing. To employ this method, a joint compound is applied over top of the existing material and a new texture or design is created. It’s important to make sure that the underlying material is strong enough to hold the new material that is being applied over top first to prevent it from dislodging and falling off.

If you’re wondering how to remove popcorn ceilings, there are several methods you can employ. But your best bet is to have them removed by professionals to ensure the job is done properly. If you’re looking to have your popcorn ceilings removed, be sure to call The Ceiling Specialists today!


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