• Popcorn Ceiling Removal in

    Prescott AZ

    We Update Your Home Safely

    with Removing Popcorn Ceilings

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    Popcorn Ceiling Removal

    We here at Prescott Popcorn Ceiling Removal offer a number of services to our clients. One of which starts with the simple process of updating your home by removing popcorn ceilings.

     

    Textured popcorn ceilings went out of style years ago, but many older homes—and some new ones—still have them. While taking down a textured ceiling is not that difficult, it is a messy job that requires hard work and special safety precautions.

     

    Originally rising to popularity because of their easy installation and acoustic dampening effects (they’re also known as acoustic ceilings), popcorn ceilings aren’t very pleasing to the modern decorator’s eye and generally trap light, making a room appear dark and uninviting. The good news is that removing a popcorn ceiling and getting it properly textured is a simple and straight forward project when handled by professionals.

  • Watch This Video Before Removing Popcorn Ceilings

    Follow These Simple Steps If You Plan to Do-It-Yourself

    Popcorn Ceiling Removal Costs

    On average, the price to remove a popcorn ceiling is anywhere from $1 to $2 per square foot, with the average homeowner spending around $1,612. Most Prescott, AZ homeowners spend between $839 and $2,450 on the project. Texture, painting or other options like decorative tiles will add extra to the overall budget in addition to getting rid of the original finish.

     

    Whether for a remodel, before selling a home or when buying a home, individuals may want to get rid of popcorn ceilings from an existing structure. While the process can be relatively straightforward in some cases, it can be more challenging if there is asbestos present in the home. Consider consulting a licensed professional for a safe and successful removal. Use this guide to learn more about what you can expect to pay for the project.

     

    Cost and Considerations

    As you plan for the project, it’s important to consider all your options and potential for hidden problems that could affect your bottom line. For example, if your popcorn ceiling contains hazardous materials, you could be looking at a more complicated and expensive project. Additionally, if budget allows, you could opt for something other than a simple scrape job to give the finish a super-smooth or subtle look.

     

    Prescott Popcorn Ceiling Removal has a competitive advantage pricing program for anyone looking to paint or remodel other aspects of their home.   Learn More / Additional Services   Prescott Kitchen Remodel Prescott Bathroom Remodel
    Worker Scraping Popcorn Ceilings

    Before You Scrape

    It cannot be stressed enough that self-removal of a popcorn ceiling can only take place safely if your ceiling is free of asbestos. If your home was built from about 1990 onwards, you’re probably safe. However, anything built prior to that harbors serious risk of asbestos, a common additive to paint and textured compounds prior to 1980, when it was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency. Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber found in rock and soil. However, it has been directly linked to lung cancer, especially if inhaled at concentrated rates. While undisturbed asbestos-laced paint poses little threat, once you start the sanding process, you let the toxins loose into the air of your home. You can learn more about the facts and risks associated with asbestos presence and removal from the EPA’s website.
     

    To test ceiling texture applied before 1980 for asbestos, use a putty knife to scrape a small amount into a seal able plastic bag. If you’re concerned about the possible health risks involved in taking the sample, a testing service can be hired to come out and take it for you.
    Send the sample to an approved testing service to see if it contains asbestos. To find a testing service in your area, contact the state environmental or health office. A directory of state offices can be found on the EPA website. Prescott Popcorn Ceiling Removal and Home Remodeling Offers Tests

    Testing for Asbestos
    To collect a sample of asbestos to send off with your testing kit, follow the steps below:
    1. Turn off your heat or air conditioning to limit airflow and the possible spread of fibers around your home.
    2. Fill a spray bottle with water and a squirt of dish detergent. Swirl the bottle to combine the liquids.
    3. Wet the area where you plan to take the sample. This step is critical because it helps keep the fibers from spreading if they’re present in the ceiling.
    4. Scrape off about a teaspoon-sized amount of textured ceiling, ensuring that you access the entire depth of the material down to the sheetrock, not just the surface.
    5. Place the sample into a container, such as a fresh Ziploc bag or the plastic cup that came with your testing kit.
    6. Clean off the container with a wet paper towel and label it. If you’re taking samples from several rooms, be sure to include the name of the room each sample comes from on the label.
    7. Many asbestos-testing companies recommend that, if the texturing covers 1,000 square feet or more of the ceilings in your home, you take at least three samples from different areas to ensure accurate results.

  • Hazard Warning

    There are two potential problems that can turn removing a textured ceiling into a DIY nightmare

    #2 Biggest Issues with Popcorn Ceiling Removal

     

    • Asbestos: Acoustic texture manufactured before 1980 may contain asbestos and should be tested before being removed. While it doesn’t pose a health risk if left in place, removing a ceiling containing asbestos can stir up the fibers and cause them to become trapped in your lungs. More information about the dangers of Asbestos in Your Home can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency website.
    • Painted Ceiling: Another potential problem that can make removing a popcorn ceiling much more difficult is if paint has been applied over the texture. This prevents the texture from absorbing water, which is necessary to loosen the material. While a painted textured ceiling can be removed, it usually requires the application of a chemical stripper to breakdown the paint barrier.

    To determine if either of these conditions applies to your ceiling, combine a few drops of liquid dish washing soap with warm water in a hand sprayer. Lightly spray a small spot in an inconspicuous location, and wait a few minutes for it to absorb the water. If the water will not soak in, the ceiling has been painted. Otherwise, the texture should come off easily.

  • Why Popcorn Ceiling Removal?

    Weighing Your Options on Hiring a Professional

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    Cost and Consideration Options

    As you plan for the project, it’s important to consider all your options and potential for hidden problems that could affect your bottom line. For example, if your popcorn ceiling contains hazardous materials, you could be looking at a more complicated and expensive project. Additionally, if budget allows, you could opt for something other than a simple scrape job to give the finish a super-smooth or subtle look.

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    Why Choose Popcorn Ceiling Removal?

    Our drywall services include installation, repair, re-texturing, popcorn ceilings, popcorn ceiling removal, new construction and remodels. We are licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection.

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    Updating & Remodeling ROI

    The whole point of the popcorn finish is to disguise surface flaws like warps, cracks or uneven areas. But, if you're like many homeowners and the dated look just isn’t for you, finish with a texture sprayer loaded with an non-aggregated spray texture. The knobs and bumps catch dust and make the room feel smaller. Scraping the heavy texture and replacing it with a lighter knockdown finish will give you all the benefits of camouflaging imperfections without the dated look of popcorn.

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