Acoustic ceiling texture, commonly called popcorn, appealed to builders in Cary, NC on budgets starting from around the 1950s. Today, it seems to lack appeal for almost everyone.
Removing popcorn texture involves scraping high spots, then covering the ceiling with multiple coats of drywall mud. If you’re sure your ceiling texture doesn’t contain asbestos, a drywall contractor is the best service provider to contact for removal. Though other types of providers could do the work, drywall pros have the experience to provide the best finish.
However, if your home was built before 1980, the ceiling may contain asbestos, once used in many home and industrial building products. If inhaled, asbestos can cause serious respiratory problems.
The Clean Air Act of 1978 banned its use, but asbestos was commonly used in popcorn textures before then, especially during this time period. If you own an older home, have an asbestos abatement company test your ceiling before drywall workers potentially release asbestos particles into the air.
An asbestos removal project usually won’t include replacing damaged drywall and/or retexturing the ceiling. These are separate projects.
Not only will we remove the acoustic/popcorn ceilings from your home, we will also dispose of it. Next we float the tape joints and nail holes. When the mud is fully dry, we sand the joints until they are smooth, before we add texture to the ceiling. You may choose either knockdown texture or splatter texture. We spray both of these textures on the ceiling. The splatter texture is rounded because it is sprayed and left alone until it is dry. The texture of the knockdown is flat and a little rough. This is because a broad knife is used to flatten the texture when it is about ¾ dry. If you would like to see how these textures look, we can supply samples.
A popcorn ceiling with asbestos
The first step is to test for asbestos. The homeowner or contractor can spray water onto an area, remove a sample and send it to a testing facility. If asbestos is present, the cost of the project will be significantly higher.
Scraping all popcorn texture from the ceiling is the first step. If you decide on a popcorn ceiling removal on your home in Cary the materials to scrape off the texture will cost around $30 at your local hardware store. However, understand this project is tedious and also very messy.
These steps require more materials and additional cost. From start to finish, you will need a drop cloth, a ceiling texture scraper or wide tool for scraping, a putty knife, hammer, joint compound, sand paper, primer, paint and painting tools, including rollers, brushes trays.
Popcorn ceiling removal cost
Hiring a professional contractor to complete this project is the easiest option. So how much does it cost if you hire a contractor?
Ceiling texture options, cost
Inexpensive texture options include what’s called “knockdown,” a mottled finish that doesn’t require the drywall finisher to smooth each imperfection. Smooth ceilings, however, are popular, and they cost more, because the last coat of drywall mud requires sanding and likely a little bit of touch-up.
When hiring drywall and/or asbestos mitigation pros, consider contractors who are appropriately licensed, insured and bonded and who have positive reviews on a trusted online site.