Yes, popcorn ceiling tiles have gone out of fashion and are dated now. However, they’re still popular with younger homeowners, so many new home builders opt to remove popcorn ceiling tiles. Removing the popcorn patterned ceiling tile is actually not that hard, but it sure can be a tricky job (especially if you’re not going to show you how to do it more efficiently and less messily). So, what’s the “secret” to removing a popcorn patterned ceiling tile? Are there any risks involved with removing them?
The first step in removing popcorn ceiling tiles is to find out where they’re installed and pay attention to what the manufacturer says about installing them. If you see something like “installer shall not set exposed” on the packaging, then it’s likely that the new city drywall contractor has warned the contractor not to set these tiles. This isn’t to say that they can’t be installed successfully; it just means that you’ll need a good contractor that’s been paid to install this material and doesn’t care whether they get paid or not. You should find out more about their credentials before hiring them to come and do the work for you. Once you have their details, you can get a free estimate from a new city drywall contractor and get started.
Of course, you should also consider the fact that all this may simply be a scam to extract money from you. Some contractors may use techniques to easily make the ceiling tiles look like the old ones, so don’t assume that they know exactly how to remove them. Instead, you should call an expert that has removed popcorn ceilings before and ask them about the best way to go about it. Remember that you don’t necessarily need to be exposed to asbestos fibers in order to develop cancer; sometimes it’s possible to contract it through direct contact.
Popcorn and asbestos ceiling removal is relatively easy to carry out if you have a good contractor with plenty of experience. Most contractors will carefully package the material in order to protect its contents. However, there may be some that package the asbestos fibers in their products without protection, and as a result you may need to be exposed to the substance in order to carry out the job. This is why it’s important that you find out more about the contractor before you decide to employ them.
Before starting the popcorn ceiling removal process, ensure that you disconnect the power supply to the room. If not, there is a high chance that you’ll risk electrocution when working on the ceiling’s surface. As you dismantle the ceiling, never force materials from the previous installation directly onto the surface of the new one. Instead, use a new roller and make sure that it is installed properly before you proceed with the removal process.
Before you can begin any Popcorn Ceiling removal process, you need to remove the loose popcorn insulation first. You can use your power tool or a heavy duty drop cloths for this task. The reason why you want to use drop cloths instead of a power tool is because you don’t want to transfer the acoustical energy that’s generated by the blades onto the surrounding area. After the insulation has been removed, you can continue with the other parts of the job.
It’s important that you also remove all of the paint from the ceiling before you begin with the Popcorn Ceiling removal process. If the paint is there, then it’s a good idea to throw it away because the paint can actually attract more dirt and dust particles that will cause the ceiling to rust and deteriorate over time. However, if you still have the paint on the ceilings, then you need to either sand the ceilings down (using a sander) or try using the old ceiling treatment methods that were mentioned above. Both of these options should get rid of any excess paint that you might have on the ceilings before you proceed any further with the popcorn ceiling removal.
Once you’ve done all of these things, then it’s time to remove the loose paint from around the edges and corners of the room. You can do this with either a sander or a power tool. Once you’ve done all of this, it’s time to remove the popcorn ceiling removal marks with either a sanding drum sandpaper, or a fine grit sandpaper. If you’re going to attempt this job by yourself, please note that it’s extremely important that you either wear safety goggles or a mask for this procedure!