When dreaming up your idea home, popcorn ceilings are rarely a feature. These textured ceilings are a surefire way to date your living space and can make day to day maintenance a pain. From crumbling to dust collection, and even health hazards, popcorn ceilings are a liability to any indoor space. If you are questioning whether or not to ditch your dated ceiling, consider some of the finer points of popcorn ceiling removal.
Looking at a popcorn ceiling, it can be difficult to understand why these textures were ever popular. In theory, a textured ceiling does make a lot of sense. A stucco or stubbled surface hides imperfections, creating a uniform surface but it also services as inexpensive sound proofing. As nice as these benefits might have seemed in the 70’s, now they are more harm than good.
What Is So Bad About Popcorn Ceilings?
The world of household construction materials has come a long way in the last while. What used to be considered safe for high traffic areas is now known as a potential health hazard. Asbestos has been found in many types of insulation and, in popcorn ceilings. When left alone, asbestos is not dangerous but the moment that it is disturbed, it releases dangerous materials into the atmosphere.
It seems simple not to disturb these high-up areas but when considering cleaning, it is impossible to avoid. Textured areas collect dust, spider webs and airborne debris, looking filthy. Running a broom across ceiling surfaces chips away at these materials and disturbs surfaces, creating an unsafe environment. It is easy to see why it is important to remove popcorn ceilings, but safe removal is more difficult than it seems.
Simply scraping away textures creates an unsafe environment. Paint scrapers release asbestos into the atmosphere around your home. In addition to harmful chemicals being released, one slip of a drywall scraper can lead to deep grooves in ceilings and other damage.
Choosing Professional Removal
Whether you are looking to update your long-term home or are renovating a new living space, it is always better to call in a professional. In addition to safe removal, Pickle Painting customers enjoy a smooth finish to all ceilings. When you are ready for a clean slate, call Pickle Painters for fully insured service.