Popcorn Ceiling Removal
If you have a popcorn ceiling in your home, then it is likely at least 30 years old. This type of ceiling was very popular from the 50s to the 80s but has fallen out of favor in the last three decades. If the popcorn ceiling was there when you moved in, then you probably have no idea when it was installed. If you do know the house was built prior to 1981, then we urge you to get lead paint and asbestos tests carried out as a matter of urgency as pre-1981 popcorn ceilings usually contain these materials.
Is It That Dangerous?
If your popcorn ceiling does contain asbestos and/or lead paint then yes, it poses a significant health risk to you and your family. If there is any chance your ceiling predates 1978 then the probability is almost 100% that it contains one or both of these hazardous substances. Asbestos can cause lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. If any tests do show that these materials are present, then you should contact a professional team such as Greensboro Professional Painters who have lots of experience in removing popcorn ceilings safely and efficiently.
Other Reasons to Remove
Going beyond any potential health risks, let’s be perfectly honest here; popcorn ceilings are an old method which now look extremely dated and can affect the look of your entire home. We often find that this dated look can be the catalyst for many homeowners do decide on a complete makeover of their house. As well as its look, it is also perhaps the most difficult ceiling type to maintain. Because a popcorn ceiling has so many little cracks and crevices, dirt and cobwebs can become ingrained in the ceiling and it can be extremely difficult to clean. And this same factor means that even considering freshening it up with paint can be a laborious task.
Popcorn Ceiling Removal
Whether an older ceiling containing asbestos, or a later one made from Styrofoam or similar, removal can be a complicated process. If it does contain asbestos, then a professional team need to proceed cautiously, and ensure good levels of safety at all times by wearing appropriate safety gear such as special masks to avoid breathing in any of the dangerous dust. We adhere to all safety regulations in both the removal of any ceilings containing asbestos and also the disposal of materials afterwards.
Popcorn ceiling removal can be a complicated and messy business. Our team will first remove all light fixtures and switches from the room then ensure very square inch of floors and furnishings are completely covered to avoid any damage from the dust and debris created by removal. Once the entire ceiling is removed, we will fill the substrate, leaving you with a flat and clean blank canvas. We sand then prime this blank canvas before applying the new paint you have chosen. And, of course, our team never leave a mess behind and will clear up all dust and debris and dispose of safely.