Not Just an Eyesore: The Hidden Hazards of Popcorn Ceilings

calander Feb 12 , 2021 user-iconAnderson Painting
Popcorn ceiling in a living room

Most people whose homes feature popcorn ceilings don’t actually care for them. Rather, they likely purchased an older home with popcorn ceilings and simply haven’t gotten around to removing them. Indeed, while this outdated ceiling material was popular in the mid-20th-Century, it has long been out of fashion for several reasons -- the jagged texture is certainly unappealing to many people. Beyond these aesthetic concerns, though, popcorn ceilings can also do harm to your home and those inside it, making popcorn ceiling removal even more of a priority.

How Popcorn Ceilings Can Be Dangerous

Your Popcorn Ceilings May Contain Asbestos

Early formulations of popcorn ceiling material contained asbestos, a toxic substance that was eventually banned and/or phased out for residential products in the 1980s. In other words, if your home was built before or during the 1980s and retains the same popcorn ceilings, there’s a high probability that your ceilings contain asbestos. If your popcorn ceilings were installed after this point, they might not contain asbestos and therefore won’t pose as much of a health risk. It’s important to have an asbestos-certified popcorn ceiling removal contractor inspect your ceilings for asbestos before doing anything with your ceilings -- jostling asbestos-containing materials without the proper precautions can release this toxic substance into your home. If your contractor does find traces of asbestos in your ceilings, they should be promptly and properly removed.

Popcorn Ceilings Attract Dirt, Dust, and Debris

Even if your popcorn ceiling is asbestos-free, this material's texture can nevertheless reduce the air quality in your home and increase the frequency with which you need to dust and clean your surfaces. Unlike smooth, painted ceilings, popcorn ceilings contain numerous nooks and crannies that dust particles and other debris can easily cling to. Removing this dirt and dust isn’t always easy, either, as popcorn ceilings are notoriously difficult to keep clean. As a result, your interior spaces may experience increased amounts of dust and contaminants that linger in the air and land on surfaces. Of course, the popcorn removal process can leave quite a mess itself when not properly performed. So, if you wish to increase your home’s air quality and decrease your cleaning duties, it’s worth investing in dustless popcorn ceiling removal. Professionals will remove and/or completely cover objects underneath the ceiling and scrape away the material after spraying it with a mist to reduce the number of dry particles that fall during the removal process.

Popcorn Ceilings Devalue Your Property

In addition to the health hazards and frustrations mentioned above, popcorn ceilings are also a financial hazard of sorts. Simply put, homes that still feature popcorn ceilings take a hit when it comes to assessing their market value -- this is because most home buyers simply don’t like the look of popcorn ceilings and because the aforementioned health hazards are significant liabilities. If you want to extract the most value out of your home, then seeking professional popcorn ceiling removal services is a must.

Time to Pop Off Those Popcorn Ceilings?

Suppose you’ve been putting off your popcorn ceiling removal renovation for a while now. In that case, the interior experts at Anderson Painting can assess your ceilings, provide you with a quote for our services, and remove these outdated features efficiently and safely. Additionally, you can utilize our interior painting services to provide you with the fresh, smooth ceiling of your dreams. To learn more about us and all we do, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com!