Whether you’ve just bought your home or have lived there for some time, your popcorn ceilings may bother you greatly. They are outdated, and you may consider getting them removed. But because it is such an involved process, you may be unsure whether this is the investment you want. If you’re considering getting rid of your popcorn ceilings, we want you to know all the benefits.
1. Improves Home Value
As we’ve already stated, popcorn ceilings are outdated. Starting in 1945, popcorn ceilings began to increase in popularity among homeowners. They were popular among builders because they hid imperfections on the ceilings and helped improve acoustic insulation. It was also a low-cost way for builders to enhance the home’s appearance.
This trend began to slow down in the 80s, losing popularity among homeowners and builders. But even as the trend died down, homeowners nationwide still have these ceilings. If you consider removing the ceilings, you can feel confident it will improve your home’s value. Removing your popcorn ceilings will remove this outdated trend and make your home more visually appealing to yourself and others.
2. Easier To Maintain
Because of their bumpy texture, cleaning popcorn ceilings is easier said than done. If you attempt to sweep the ceiling to remove dust and debris, you risk popcorn raining down on your space. It becomes much messier than you had initially intended and creates double the hassle.
Because the bumpy texture holds onto dust more easily than smooth ceilings, they also hold onto common allergens. If you’re experiencing an increase in allergy symptoms, it could result from your popcorn ceilings. Allergens can easily tuck between the bumps, making it harder to remove them thoroughly.
Popcorn ceilings also don’t handle water very well. If you deal with a mess on the ceiling that you believe can be washed away quickly, think again. There is no guarantee that your popcorn ceiling will handle the moisture well, and it may leave you with patches of smooth ceiling throughout a space.
If you’re struggling to maintain your popcorn ceilings, removing them may make home maintenance easier. Cleaning will not be as much of a hassle, and you’ll find that your irritation due to allergens in your space may subside.
3. Stops Discoloration
Much like the walls of your home, your popcorn ceilings are subject to discoloration if they aren’t properly cleaned. And as we’ve already mentioned, the process of cleaning your popcorn ceilings isn’t so straightforward. You may find that exposure to any smoke, grease, water, and mildew alters the color of your popcorn ceilings over time.
If you’re dealing with discoloration, you can paint them to restore your desired color. But this certainly isn’t a long-term fix, as they may still discolor. Your best course of action, if you’re dealing with constant discoloration of your popcorn ceilings, is to remove them and have them smoothed over. Then, if you deal with discoloration, you can simply clean the smoothed surface.
4. Removes The Risk Associated With Asbestos Removal
Prior to the drop of the popcorn ceiling trend, the textured paint product used to create them contained asbestos. It wasn’t until 1989 that the use of asbestos was banned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for its associated health risks.
If you’ve been exposed to and breathed in asbestos, you are at risk of several serious diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, as well as increasing your risk of developing cancer of the digestive system, including colon cancer. Symptoms of asbestos exposure include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, fatigue, and chest pain. If you believe you’ve been exposed to asbestos and exhibit symptoms, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
Because of the health risks, removing your popcorn ceilings can help protect yourself, your family, and your friends. Proper professional removal of asbestos will include using appropriate tools and protective gear to ensure the asbestos is removed safely. Removing popcorn ceilings can give you the peace of mind that your family will be safe and healthy in your home.
Getting Rid Of Your Popcorn Ceilings With Liberty Restoration
While the maintenance and visual appeal of your home are important factors to consider, the greatest benefit to removing your popcorn ceilings is knowing that your family will be healthier in your home. If you’re thinking about making the investment, our team at Liberty Restoration can help you remove it safely and quickly.
In addition to our popcorn ceiling removal services, we provide families across Utah with water and fire damage restoration, mold remediation, and commercial and emergency services. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our team or would like to speak with one of our experts, contact us today.