Popcorn ceilings were an incredibly common texture for homes in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s because they masked imperfect finishes and dampened noise. In modern times, many people try to avoid popcorn textures because they look incredibly dated and may cause some health hazards. When house hunting, many buyers come across a place that could be their dream home other than the tacky popcorn ceilings. If you recently bought a home for sale in Irvine, CA, with a popcorn ceiling, there are a few things you can do.
Check for Health Hazards
Many popcorn ceilings contain asbestos, which can cause breathing issues, cancer, and other serious health issues. Though manufacturing new asbestos for ceiling treatments was banned in the late 1970s, companies continued to use their preexisting stock of asbestos up until the 1980s. Some versions of popcorn may also contain lead. Therefore, it is a good idea to at least test your ceiling for hazardous materials before you start the process of changing it. If the popcorn is not dangerous, you could always choose to leave it there. Though popcorn ceilings are not trendy right now, they do a great job of reducing and absorbing sound.
Remove the Popcorn Finish
You can use a floor scraper or any other tool with a flat, wide blade to gently remove the popcorn. Scraping off the finish while dry will be easier to clean up, but if the finish is stuck on the ceiling, you might want to wet the ceiling before scraping it. Keep in mind wetting the ceiling is not recommended if it cannot support the added weight from the moisture. If you are having difficulty scraping away the popcorn, check to see if it is painted. Paint can make it much more difficult to get rid of popcorn ceiling.
Cover Up the Texture
If you do not want to bother with the hassle of removing the ceiling, you can instead try covering it up. One option is applying another texture or finish on top of the popcorn. You can also hide it completely by installing something like a bead board or tin tile ceiling instead. If your popcorn finish tested positive for lead or asbestos, you can seal it before you cover it to prevent these hazardous materials from affecting your home.
Get Rid of the Whole Ceiling
If scraping or resurfacing is not working, you can strip off the entire ceiling. If you take away the ceiling itself, you can get rid of the popcorn without having to slowly scrape it off bit by bit. You will then need to install a new ceiling, so this method might be a little more time consuming and expensive. It may require help from a professional if you are not comfortable working with building materials, but it is still quite simple to do.
Though some Irvine townhomes, condos, and houses may have popcorn ceilings, this shouldn’t deter you from searching for your dream home. A knowledgeable agent from OC Residential can help you find just the property you’re looking for. Call 714-454-6304 to schedule an appointment.