Popcorn ceilings are no longer popular as they once were. But if you have an older home, you may be dealing with this type of finish on your ceiling. It can seem to be quite the nuisance, as flakes come down anytime something brushes the ceiling. However, this mild annoyance is just one of many more serious reasons to refinish your popcorn ceilings.
If your home was built before 1978, chances are high that your popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. Asbestos is a very harmful chemical that has been proven to cause illness and even death. Symptoms of inhaling asbestos include feelings of congestion, chest pain, or trouble breathing. It can also worsen symptoms of allergies or asthma. For your family’s safety, it is important that you have these popcorn ceiling safely removed and refinished.
Popcorn ceilings are extremely hard to clean. Allergens can get into the air and become trapped on the ceiling. This can cause those with seasonal or pet allergies to suffer unbearably as it builds up over time. If you notice your allergy symptoms worsening when you are at home, your ceilings could be the culprit. Removing the stipple and refinishing with a smooth coat of paint will help reduce allergy symptoms and make cleaning much easier.
Hard to Paint Over
If you are interested in a new color for your ceiling, or the paint is starting to dull, you might want to repaint your ceiling. This is very difficult to do with stipple. Popcorn ceilings have so many tiny crevices that it can be difficult if not impossible to catch them all with painting, even if you are using a sprayer. If you are wanting to change your color scheme, you should definitely have the popcorn ceiling refinished first or as part of the overall job.
Popcorn ceilings haven’t been used since the early 80s, and for good reason. If your home has popcorn ceilings, it doesn’t matter how modern your furniture or décor is. Everyone will know right away how old your home is. If you want a more modern and sleeker look, it is a good idea to have these ceilings refinished to a smooth, flat color. With some simple modifications such as these and modern color schemes, you can make your home appear just as modern as one built today.
A Note About Stipple Removal
It is a good idea to replace your popcorn ceilings, but you shouldn’t attempt to remove the stipple yourself. If your home was built before 1978, professionals need to follow specific protocol for removal and disposal. There are local, state, and federal regulations for the removal and safe disposal of material that could contain asbestos.
In addition, stipple removal can be tricky. While it is true that anyone can scrape the stipple off the ceiling, doing so improperly and without the necessary protection could be dangerous and very messy. You could damage your furniture, breathe in harmful dust, get dust in your eyes, or get the stipples everywhere so that it seems impossible to clean them all up. It is much better to let a professional take care of this task. Contact us today for an estimate.