7 Reasons to Remove Your Popcorn Ceiling

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I have recently realized that at no time in my married life have I had a smooth ceiling. In our first home (a townhouse), all the walls and ceilings were textured with a kind of orange peel texture. And right now, I'm in the process of removing the popcorn ceiling in two main rooms in my house: the kitchen and the living room. I'll share more next week about the process that we're using. But why on earth would I want to do this? It is a large, time consuming task. I have 7 reasons why you would want to get rid of a popcorn ceiling!




It can contain aesbestos

In older homes – pre 1978 – popcorn ceilings often had aesbestos. I can remember going to an elementary school where we were told it was dangerous to throw anything at the ceiling because it had asbestos in it. If you have a home that was built before the 90's stop before you do anything else and test to see if you have aesbestos in the ceiling. In fact, if you have any reason to believe that you  have asbestos, have it tested. Don't risk it; asbestos removal is not a DIY project!

It catches dust


All those bumps and crannies? It catches dirt and dust way more than a smooth ceiling.

It's impossible to patch


You can buy kits and spray to mimic the popcorn look, but it is basically impossible to get the look exactly the same.

It is easily marred and impossible to clean


Have you ever been up on a ladder and brushed up against your popcorn ceiling? When you knock a little bit down it leaves a mark. And when you try to clean the dust (see above) or cobwebs, one of two things happen: the dirt won't come down and the duster gets caught or you knock down even more popcorn.

It dates your home


The popcorn ceiling makes me think of the 70's. I just don't think contemporary when I see the rough ceilings.

It's hard to paint


It's hard to get even coverage with paint when you have an uneven surface. Enough said.

It hurts resale


Buyers see all of the above reasons and don't want to deal with fixing popcorn ceiling. It subtracts value from your home. A smooth ceiling may not add to the value of your home, but it will not detract from what you can get when you sell.

Do you have any other reasons to remove popcorn ceiling?

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