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You Should Follow Professional Advice Before Removing Popcorn Ceilings

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

In the past few years, there has been a surge in projects to remove popcorn ceilings. But before you take on this task yourself, it is important to get advice from a professional. Here’s why.





What Are Popcorn Ceilings?

Popcorn ceilings are textured ceiling finishes that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. They were applied with spray cans and then trowelled to give them texture. The texture was created by adding small pieces of Styrofoam or polystyrene beads to the wet plaster, which would then expand when exposed to heat and moisture. Popcorn ceilings can be difficult to work with because they contain asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials that can be dangerous if not handled correctly.




Why Get Professional Advice?

When considering removing popcorn ceilings, it is important to consult with a professional for advice first. A professional can help you determine whether or not your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos or lead-based paint, which must be removed by an experienced contractor who specializes in these types of materials. Because removal of these hazardous materials requires special safety equipment and techniques, it is important to get the help of a professional who knows how to properly handle them in order to minimize any health risks associated with their removal. Additionally, many states have specific laws regarding the removal of asbestos-containing materials which must be followed in order for the job to be done safely and legally.


Additionally, having a professional inspect your ceiling before attempting any DIY projects can save you time and money down the line if you encounter an issue while attempting the project yourself that could have been avoided with proper advice beforehand. A qualified contractor will also be able to provide helpful tips on how best to tackle the job so that it is done right the first time around instead of having multiple attempts at completion due to mistakes made along the way. This can also save you money as well as time since you won’t have to make costly repairs later on down the line if something goes wrong during your DIY project attempt!


Conclusion:

Popcorn ceilings can contain hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead-based paint which require special safety precautions when removing them from homes or buildings built prior to 1978 due to health risks associated with their exposure. Before taking on a popcorn ceiling removal project yourself, it is important that you seek out advice from a qualified professional who knows how best handle these materials safely and legally in order avoid potential issues down the line that could cost more time and money than necessary in repairs later on! With this knowledge in hand, DIYers everywhere can make sure they are prepared for success when tackling their own popcorn ceiling projects!

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