What Is A Popcorn Ceiling and What Should I Do If My House Has It?
Why Are Popcorn Ceilings A Thing?
Popcorn ceilings were most widespread in the ’60s and way into the ’90s, so they are typically found in older complexes and homes. Many builders sprayed them on to cover imperfect ceilings. Rumors started to spread that the popcorn ceilings would dull the sound spread throughout the house. That’s not exactly true. Now, in 2019, popcorn ceilings are no longer in “style” and many people are looking for a reasonable means of removal. This is not easy if you are looking to eventually sell your home as well!
Removal of Popcorn Ceilings
Trying to remove the popcorn ceiling can take days depending on the size of the room. As long as the ceiling hasn’t been painted we will remove old popcorn ceilings. The process goes through these steps: removal of popcorn, mud the ceiling, prime it and then apply two coats of paint to the ceiling.
This is a job you probably don’t want to do. Scraping popcorn bumps from ceilings is messy and time-consuming work. Oh, and if you’re not careful, your drywall could get damaged, requiring further repair work.
Patch It Up
If you’re going to have popcorn ceilings you’re going to want them to be in high quality. No one likes to see little pebbles from the ceiling on the floor. A popcorn ceiling damaged by unsightly stains or cracks can be patched, but obtaining an exact match of the original texture and ceiling color can be challenging.
Popcorn ceiling patch products are available in spray-on aerosol cans or in premixed containers for application with a brush. Thinned drywall compound, which is commonly used to texture new ceilings today, is not recommended for patching popcorn ceiling texture since it contains water, which can cause the existing popcorn texture to come off.
Give It a Fresh Coat
As long as the texture isn’t sagging, flaking, or shedding, a popcorn ceiling can be painted to update the look. Begin by brushing off all dust with a super-soft-bristle brush attached to an extension pole. Then apply a stain-blocking ceiling primer to prevent stains and water spots from bleeding through. When dry, use a thick nap roller or a paint sprayer to apply paint, remembering to get an ample supply to fill all the nooks and crannies.
Cover It Up
You can hide a popcorn ceiling by installing rigid foam ceiling tiles, drywall panels, or even wood planking right over the existing texture. Feather-light decorative foam ceiling panels can be installed with adhesive, while drywall and timber must be attached to the ceiling joists with nails or screws. For high ceilings more than 8 feet from the floor, you might want to consider installing a drop ceiling, which involves mounting a metal grid that holds individual ceiling panels a few inches below the existing roof.