Alternatives to Popcorn Ceilings

popcornMany homeowners consider popcorn ceilings to be unsightly and seek to have them replaced. Not only are popcorn ceilings outdated, but they also pose the potential threat of asbestos, as well as other health hazards. If your home was built prior to 1970, it is recommended that you have your popcorn ceiling removed. Once your popcorn ceiling has been safely removed by a professional, then comes the difficult task of replacing it. What is the best option to replace your popcorn ceiling with?

Paint – If you want to replace your popcorn ceiling with a few layers of paint, there are a few things to consider first. The damage caused to your ceiling from removing the popcorn texture may require you to have a new layer of drywall installed. Once that has been taken care of, you will be left with a smooth surface to apply a fresh coat of paint to. If remaining walls in the room are already covered with a color, it’s best to paint the ceiling with a clean shade of white paint.

Faux Covering – If your ceilings are extremely damaged underneath all of the popcorn texture that was removed, replacing the drywall may get costly. Ultimately, covering your damaged walls is the best option. Fortunately, the choices for ceiling coverings are virtually endless. To create a modern look, cover your ceilings with metal ceiling tiles, which are offered in a variety of colors, styles, and textures. Metal tiles are also offered in various finishes, from copper to chrome, making them easy to pair with any existing decor. Other wall covering options include wood, which can be used to evoke a natural setting, or white beadboard, which can give a room a clean, tailored look.

Drop Ceiling – If your home has high ceilings, you can replace your popcorn ceiling with a drop ceiling. This option requires installation of a second ceiling, which will hang below the ceiling that the popcorn texture was applied to. It is important to test the ceiling prior to installing drop ceiling. If the popcorn texture crumbles when you touch it, it should be scraped off and removed prior to drop ceiling installation. Drop ceilings are similar to coverings in that the tiles are offered in white textured tiles or hand-painted color tiles, and can easily update the look and feel of a room.

Removing popcorn ceiling can be a difficult and dangerous task, but replacing it can be just as frustrating! Trust Bloomingdale Painters with removing your popcorn ceiling texture and wall covering needs.

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