Popcorn ceilings were a popular type of ceiling covering from the 1940s until the 1990s. Sometimes referred to as “cottage cheese” ceilings or “stucco ceilings,” popcorn ceilings were popular for being quick, easy, and inexpensive to apply. Many homeowners loved popcorn ceilings due to their ability to cover up flaws in the ceiling and to absorb sound. Also, the popularity of these types of ceilings made it easy for many people to want to jump in on the trend. However, popcorn ceilings have gone out of style for multiple reasons– one being that they were found to be toxic!
Why Remove Popcorn Ceilings
So, the answer to the question of whether or not popcorn ceilings are toxic is that it depends. Before the late 1970s, popcorn ceilings were made with a substance called asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that was commonly used in building homes as an insulator. However, over time, asbestos was found to cause a variety of serious health problems. People that lived in homes that were built with asbestos-heavy materials developed diseases including lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other cancers that affected the digestive system.
Asbestos was banned from being used in construction materials in the late 70s. Since then, popcorn ceilings have been created using paper materials instead of asbestos. However, manufacturers were allowed to sell their remaining inventory of popcorn ceilings containing asbestos. That means that homes prior to the mid-80s had popcorn ceilings full of asbestos.
These days, many homeowners remove popcorn ceilings from their homes in order to avoid health problems caused by asbestos. Many people no longer find popcorn ceilings to be attractive to look at as well, which is another reason why you should remove your popcorn ceilings. If you are considering removing your popcorn ceilings, it is important to find a service that will be able to remove them properly, such as us at Liberty Restoration.
Our Popcorn Ceiling Removal Process
We at Liberty Restoration provide popcorn ceiling removal services. While it may not seem especially difficult to use a scraper to remove the bubbled look of popcorn ceilings, the problem arises when asbestos is taken into account. Professional asbestos removal companies have the proper tools, equipment, and protective gear to remove asbestos without allowing it to spread to other areas of the home. In addition to removing the asbestos, we will be able to leave your ceiling looking smooth and clean. Reach out to us today for more information.
Do You Want Your Popcorn Ceilings Removed?
If you have popcorn ceilings in your home and are concerned that they may contain asbestos, consider reaching out to us at Liberty Restoration. We can remove them as quickly and easily as they were applied, without spreading asbestos fibers throughout the rest of your home. Our team is professional, experienced, and knowledgeable about popcorn ceilings, meaning that they will be able to help remove your popcorn ceilings quickly and safely. If you have more questions about our popcorn ceiling or asbestos removal services or would like to schedule our services, feel free to reach out to us today.