Various trends come and go. In clothes, it is easier to just stop wearing them and replace them with new ones. However, when you renovate your home, changing old with new trends is not as easy; it will take much more effort. Popcorn ceilings were a rage of yesteryears but now, they are not in trend anymore. That is the problem homes’ and office owners come to face; removing them. It can really be tricky and messy at the same time to remove them. Sure, you can hire professionals to handle the mess but that can be costly. However, with a little effort, this can be done easily by you. Here, in this article, we are going to discuss easy steps to remove popcorn ceiling without seeking professional help.
Before start scraping, you should be aware about whether the popcorn ceiling contains Asbestos or not. Pre 1980s homes did contain this element, which was later on, banned by environmental agencies as a chemical that causes lung cancer if taken in concentrated amount. Therefore, if you are removing popcorn ceiling from such homes, take maximum precaution before start working on it.
For safe removal of such ceilings containing Asbestos, proper concealment of the rooms should be done. In addition, if you do not know whether the ceiling of your house contains Asbestos or not, you can get it professionally tested to be sure by taking a sample off.
Once all the preparations are done properly, you may start the actual process.
Popcorn ceiling or acoustic ceiling was rage in the 70s and 80s but not anymore. Modern renovation calls for removal of popcorn ceiling if you have any. Apart from giving, a modern look being your motivation for removing acoustic ceiling, there are other benefits as well that will definitely make your decision even more rational and timely. Here they are.
Back in 60s and 70s, many building materials contained Asbestos like tiles, insulation and popcorn ceilings. Asbestos is a toxic and hazardousmaterial that can be a cause of mesothelioma, which is a specific form of lung cancer, if inhaled in concentrated amount. In addition, as it is present in the indoor furnishing in the form of tiling or popcorn ceiling, you will be exposed to this toxic material for longer period of time.
Cleaningthe ceiling can become a real headache with all the crevices and ridges you have to negotiate during the whole process. Moreover, having popcorn ceiling means cleaning the ceiling more often than other ceilings. While running a cloth or trying to clean by vacuum, you have to be really careful so that you do not chip the material and let Asbestos become airborne. Smooth ceilings are easier to maintain and clean.
With popcorn ceiling, it becomes troubling proposition to repaint. Smooth ceilings are way easier to paint anytime you want. With popcorn ceiling however, it is very tough and you need to be extra careful if you do not want damage it. It is yet another reason to remove the popcorn ceiling to make your life easier.
Smooth ceilings give a better look as compared to acoustic ceiling as it looks more sleek and contemporary. Moreover, with light being trapped in the ridges, the popcorn ceiling makes the room look darker as compared to the room with smooth ceiling.
These are very persuasive reasons to remove the popcorn ceiling and make your life easier and your rooms look more modern.
The average cost paid by homeowners for removal of popcorn ceilings amounts to $1,439. That is, $1- $2 per square foot of ceiling. This is a high cost, of course. There are people who are paying for this task ranging from $788 to $2,130 as well. However, if you do it yourself, the cost decreases to mere $100 – $300. This is a huge difference we are talking about here.
The high cost is expected when you consider:
Therefore, these factors all combine to formulate the total cost of the job.
As obvious from the steps to remove the acoustic ceiling, it is not that difficult a proposition to perform this job on DIY basis at all. All you need is to be careful and follow every step as directed, especially the part of preparing the room for removal of the ceiling. Other steps are also easy to follow and can be done by non-professionals. This reduces the cost greatly which you have to pay if you decide to acquire a professional help. Removing the textured ceiling is not only the need of trending aesthetics, but also became necessary to avoid direct or indirect contact with toxic substance, Asbestos. In addition, Smooth ceilings are easy to maintain and easy to repaint.