When it comes to renovating your interiors, your ceilings might not be the first thing on your mind. But ceilings greatly impact the way a room looks and feels. And if your home is still rocking popcorn ceilings, it might be high time for a change. Fortunately, Anderson Painting offers popcorn ceiling removal services to update your home’s look and improve its air quality.
You won’t often see a popcorn ceiling in modern homes. This type of finish became popular in the mid-20th-century and reigned for a couple of decades. It made the whole ceiling coating process much easier and quicker, hiding imperfections and eliminating the need to sand the surface. These spray-on ceilings also added some insulation, dampening noise from above.
However, early formulations of popcorn ceiling sprays contained asbestos, a toxic material. This led the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin regulating and phasing out these substances between 1963 and 1989, starting with the U.S. Clean Air Act.
If your home was built around or before the 1980s and features popcorn ceilings, you definitely want to have them inspected, if not removed entirely, for your own health and safety. Popcorn ceilings installed after this time may not pose a threat to your health since modern formulations do not contain asbestos. Still, these ceilings date a home’s interior, decreasing its value. To get rid of the material in a safe, efficient manner, you’ll want to hire a popcorn ceiling removal service like Anderson Painting.
Scraping away a popcorn ceiling isn’t the most difficult home improvement task, but it can be one of the messiest. Not only can this process leave dust and debris all over the room in question, but it can negatively affect its air quality. This is why it’s so important to have an EPA-certified contractor check your ceiling for asbestos prior to removal. If everything checks out, proper popcorn ceiling removal is largely a matter of preparation.
How do we get rid of popcorn ceilings? First, we’ll take any movable furniture out of the room and cover any fixed or heavy objects and surfaces with plastic sheets. Then, we cover the floors with drop cloths and hang plastic along the walls to avoid any major messes and make clean-up a breeze. If the ceiling contains any fixtures like a ceiling fan or lights, we’ll remove these as well. Next, we spray the entire ceiling with a mist to get it wet, which will make for a relatively dustless popcorn ceiling removal.
As for the scraping itself, we go section by section, ensuring that each portion strips away without too much resistance. Holding a pan underneath the removed sections helps to minimize the muddy mess. After all the old popcorn material is gone, we’ll repair any gouges or scrapes that may have occurred and prep the ceiling for painting.
Anderson Painting isn’t your average Raleigh painting company. You can rely on our people to not only paint your home but to repair and update it as well. Whether you require popcorn ceiling removal, drywall repair, siding replacement, or just good old fashioned painting, we have you covered. Request your free estimate today!