Whether you’re looking to improve the look of your home, make improvements that help make it easier to clean and maintain, or are looking to boost the value of your home before you sell, removing popcorn ceilings may be a great place to start. Decades ago, popcorn ceilings were an affordable building material that was commonly used in home construction. They were also considered attractive to homeowners. But today, that’s completely changed. Now, homeowners with popcorn ceilings in their homes are taking steps to have them removed in an effort to enhance the style of their interiors and increase the perceived value of their homes. If your home currently has popcorn ceilings, you may have considered having them removed. If that’s the case, you may want to consider a few important things first before diving into this job. Consider the Method of Popcorn Ceiling Removal There are different methods of popcorn ceiling removal: • Scraping • Covering with ceiling drywall • Covering with another texture Each method has its pros and cons, so you’ll want to weigh them all first before choosing a popcorn ceiling removal method to go with. Test for Asbestos Before you start, it’s crucial to ensure that your ceiling does not contain any asbestos. Testing a small patch of the ceiling material should be done to see if this building material is present. If it is, extra steps need to be taken to contain it so that these particles are not able to become airborne, which can be a real hazard for all occupants of your home. Protect All Components of the Affected Space Before popcorn ceilings are removed, all furniture, walls, floors, and doorways should be adequately protected. This is especially true if the scraping method will be used. All that material being sloughed off can make its way into all sorts of components that can make it very difficult to clean up afterward. Have the Experts Remove Your Popcorn Ceilings There are plenty of DIY jobs that you may want to tackle on your own, but removing popcorn ceilings shouldn’t be one of them. Popcorn ceiling removal is a big, messy job that can be complicated if you don’t have the know-how and experience. The mess that it can make can be nearly impossible to clean up without the necessary precautions. And the damage you may be doing to the surface beneath the sprayed-material can be difficult to repair. You may also inadvertently be releasing asbestos into the air if it’s present. This material can be a hazard if you and your family members are exposed to it. Considering this, it’s best to leave the popcorn ceiling removal job to the experts. If you’re ready to have your popcorn ceilings removed, call The Ceiling Specialists today!