Everyone knows what popcorn ceilings look like and why there are sometimes referred to as “cottage cheese ceiling”. Basically, if you have a ceiling that looks like someone spread cottage cheese over it and then painted it, this is the ceiling we are talking about. There are several problems that can come from popcorn ceilings. If you have popcorn ceilings, Jeff the Painter is here to talk about why you should be concerned about having them in your home.
Popcorn Ceilings Falling Off While Painting & Other Problems
Popcorn ceilings are made with an extremely absorbent substance. This makes painting them difficult. Before you can use latex or water-based paint, you need to prime the ceiling with alkyd primer or a shellac based primer first. This primer won’t soak into the popcorn ceiling and will make painting the surface much easier to do. It is much more difficult than simply painting the ceiling like you would with other textured surfaces.
Popcorn Ceilings Are Difficult to Dust & Clean
Popcorn ceilings are notorious for being difficult to clean. The grooves and crevices that are deep in popcorn ceilings collect dust and debris that can be hard to remove. You usually need to use a duster or a vacuum attachment that will help you remove the dirt and debris from the surface to truly get it clean. You also need to be careful not to clean the surface too aggressively because it can easily start to flake off when you do.
Popcorn Ceiling Peeling Off, Crumbling & Falling Apart
Do you find that your popcorn ceiling is constantly flaking off? There are different reasons why this may be happening. If your popcorn ceiling is old, it is probably going to be more prone to flaking. Also, if your popcorn ceiling was made with low quality materials, it won’t be very durable as well. Because popcorn ceilings are so outdated, the materials are usually old and you will find that the substance is constantly flaking off and making a mess. If your ceiling is prone to flaking, you may want to consider using a paint sprayer rather than rolling on paint to avoid this problem.
Likelihood of Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings
Contrary to popular belief, not all popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. If your home was built before 1977 and has popcorn ceilings, there is a real risk that asbestos was used as a bonding agent. This is the date that the use of asbestos was banned because of the health risks associated with it. However, there were a few years following this time that could have still been using it because they had it in stock.
Acoustic Popcorn Ceiling Texture Removal & More in San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Encinitas, Carlsbad & Escondido, California
Removing popcorn ceilings containing asbestos can be dangerous if you aren’t wearing the appropriate gear. At Jeff the Painter, we have the training and experience needed to safely remove popcorn texture from ceilings so that you and those you love aren’t at risk of serious health risks like lung cancer. Popcorn ceiling removal is also necessary if you are looking give your home a more updated look as we head into 2020 and a new decade. Call us today!