Acoustic Ceiling Removal and Texture Service
Did you know that acoustic ceilings are more than just an eyesore? Textured popcorn ceilings went out of style years ago, but many older homes—and some new ones—still have them. Whether for a home remodel or before selling/buying a home, individuals may want to get rid of acoustic ceilings from an existing structure. That popcorn texture can hold in dirt, grime and cobwebs, and look unappealing to the eye. The idea behind the acoustic popcorn finish, was to disguise surface flaws like warps, cracks or uneven areas. But, if you’re like many homeowners, the dated look just isn’t for you. Most people like to replace the popcorn texture with a lighter knockdown finish that will give you all the benefits of camouflaging imperfections without the dated look. While taking down an acoustic ceiling is not that difficult, it is a messy job that requires challenging work and special safety precautions. There are two potential problems that can arise when removing an acoustic ceiling.
- Asbestos: Acoustic texture manufactured before 1980 may contain asbestos and should be tested before being removed. While it doesn’t pose a health risk if left in place, removing a ceiling containing asbestos can stir up the fibers and cause them to become trapped in your lungs.
- Painted Ceiling: Another potential problem that can make removing a popcorn ceiling much more difficult is if paint has been applied over the texture. This prevents the texture from absorbing water, which is necessary to loosen the material. While a painted acoustic ceiling can be removed, it usually requires the application of a chemical stripper to breakdown the paint barrier.