Renovating an Old Dated Ceiling

You’ve been kicking around the idea of listing your home and currently have gotten estimates on updating the kitchen, the master bath, and building a new back deck. But have you looked up lately? What are you planning on doing about those tired dated ceilings? 

Popcorn ceilings came into vogue way back in the 1950’s as among other things, a time-saving method of easily covering ceiling construction imperfections. Great for the builder, but not so much for the homeowner when it was time to clean or repair. In the late 1970’s, cancer causing asbestos was discovered in popcorn ceiling materials and manufacturers began producing a Styrofoam product that created more of a textured pattern rather than the older cottage cheese/popcorn design. The mid-2000’s ushered in a trend featuring either unobtrusively smooth or uniquely eye-catching ceilings. So as a homeowner how do you update and modernize your home’s ceilings? 

  • Scrape. While this is the slowest and messiest method of removing a popcorn or textured ceiling it is also the least costly and can be a one-person job if necessary. Beforehand it is important to determine the age of the ceiling in order to determine the likelihood of asbestos. Also, if the ceiling has been painted since being installed, scraping becomes much more difficult since the porous material is no longer as pliable. 
  • Cover. Unless you have super low ceilings, adding another sheet of drywall isn’t going to make much of a height difference. It’s fairly simple to disguise an old dated ceiling by installing drywall panels, decorative wood slats or planking, or pressed tin tiles.  
  • Replace. This is easily the last option for many homeowners since it often requires a combination of both scraping and covering and is usually done when the ceiling has been damaged. The popcorn material is scraped off and the ceiling tape inspected. Remember those ceiling imperfections mentioned earlier? Chances are the ceiling will have to be retaped and skimmed with drywall compound before being sanded and repainted. If the original ceiling drywall is damaged beyond repair it will have to be completely replaced before taping, skimming and painting can be done.  

Ready to get rid of those unattractive cottage cheese ceilings? Let Closing Contractor provide a no-obligation estimate today. Connect with us online or by calling 864.326.2640 for additional information. 

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