How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

In the 70s and 80s popcorn ceilings, commonly known as acoustic ceilings, were very common in homes. Modern homes are now being designed with a different kind of ceiling. If you feel it’s time your popcorn ceiling came down, below are three ways to get the job done.

Test the ceiling for asbestos

First things first, you need to test the popcorn ceiling for asbestos. Most constructions in the 70s and 80s were done using building materials Toronto that contained asbestos. The asbestos can be found in the paint or patching compounds on your ceiling. Asbestos was banned completely after being linked to deadly diseases like cancer.

In order to know whether the ceiling has asbestos, you can take a small sample from one of the corners. Simply scrape off a sample of the ceiling and take it to the local lab to be tested for asbestos. You may also acquire a home test kit to do the test on your own. Should you get a positive result for asbestos, contact a local company that offers asbestos removal services. Do not try to remove asbestos on your own.

Scraping off the popcorn ceiling

This is the cheapest way of getting rid of your popcorn ceiling. The tools you will need are a spray bottle, wide scraper and plastic. You can find this at the local home improvement store that sells construction supplies Toronto. Though this method is affordable, expect it to take a lot of time and energy. This method can also result in quite a mess so make sure you remove all the furniture in the space before you start out. Also, place some plastic sheet on the floor to make cleaning up afterwards easier.

Add water in the spray bottle and spray a 5 by 5-foot section of the popcorn ceiling then wait for the water to soak in for about ten minutes. Spray just enough water to soften the ceiling making sure it doesn’t soak through and end up damaging the drywall. Take note that you may require a lot of time and effort before the popcorn ceiling is completely removed and the area is patched and smooth to be painted. If the ceiling has paint, it’s likely going to be harder to soak in water or scrape it off.

Hang a new ceiling over it

Instead of the hard work of removing the popcorn ceiling, you can simply add a new one over it. This is going to cost you a few thousand dollars especially if you’ll need drywall and any other building supply Toronto. Since you will be applying a new ceiling, you need to be prepared for taping, mudding and sanding the drywall in order for it to be prepared for paint. Remove any crown molding or fixtures on the ceiling before installing the new drywall. This is a better solution if you don’t want to go through the stress of having to scrape off a painted popcorn ceiling. The new ceiling is designed to completely cover the old and protect you from any health concerns especially if the old one has asbestos.