Popcorn Ceiling Removal
Textured ceilings were all the rage from the 1930’s until the 1990’s. Popcorn ceilings were part of that trend. This style ceiling was popular because the contractor could install them quickly. They offered slightly better sound proofing and they hid imperfections. It wasn’t until the United States government determined that popcorn ceilings contained asbestos that things began to change. Asbestos was found to cause mesothelioma – a type of cancer. From that point on, the Clean Air Act mandated that popcorn ceilings could no longer be installed with the same cancer causing materials.
Popcorn ceilings acquired its name due to it’s textured appearance. It is also known as stipple, acoustic, cottage cheese and stucco ceiling. Although it goes by the misnomer, acoustic ceiling, it actually doesn’t absorb sound very well. Thousands of small indentations make is slightly more acoustic than a smooth ceiling but not by much. Popcorn ceilings became popular because they required less time to complete. This meant they could spray the ceiling quickly, get paid and move onto the next job with ease. Interior design has changed and the popcorn look has fallen out of favor. For a more contemporary appeal, contact Long Beach Drywell Repair Pros.
Like lead, asbestos was a substance used in common building materials that were later discovered to be hazardous to human health. The Clean Air Act of 1978 forbade the use of asbestos in building materials. This meant that popcorn ceilings had to go. Today’s acoustic ceilings are constructed with stucco and Styrofoam. If your home was constructed prior to 1980, we recommend conducting an asbestos test. Any material containing more than 1% asbestos should be removed by a professional. If inhaled, there is a high chance of contracting cancer. Our team is trained to follow OSHA standards when removing hazardous popcorn ceilings.
In addition to the asbestos contamination, another reason popcorn ceilings became passé is because they are impractical. It’s difficult to clean popcorn ceilings. Unlike drywall, it’s difficult to repair them without it being obvious. Smoke hides easily within the small pockets causing a dark cast to form on the ceiling. Consider having your popcorn ceiling removed to increase your home’s value. When you are ready to sell, new home buyers will not appreciate the outdated look of popcorn ceilings. Drywall ceilings don’t conceal dust or allergens. Breathe easier with updated, smooth, sheetrock ceilings. Electrical and plumbing repairs are less arduous with contemporary ceilings.
You’ve taken your time to select furniture and accoutrements that reflect your personal style. It’s contemporary, fresh and on trend. When you relax on your couch and tilt your head up, all you can think about is the hideous popcorn on the ceiling. Long Beach Drywall Repair Pros makes it possible for you to enjoy your home without that eyesore. The removal process is simple but tedious. We will begin by protecting the flooring, furniture and home accessories. Once the ceiling is sprayed with a water and mild detergent solution, we’ll begin scraping. It’s best if you’re out of the house during this process. After the popcorn is removed, we finish with sanding and painting.