Popcorn Ceiling Removal: A Complete Guide for Your Vancouver Home

Popcorn ceilings were at their peak popularity 68 years ago. So why do you still have them?

The textured ceiling is known for gathering dust, spider webs, and dirt. You don't have to live in the past any longer! Popcorn ceiling removal is easy! For DIY enthusiasts, this project is simple but time-consuming.

Here is a complete guide for removing the popcorn from your Vancouver home.

Asbestos and Lead Test

Before you begin your project, you should test your ceiling for asbestos and lead.

If your home was built before the 1990's there's a strong chance you could expose yourself to asbestos and lead if you don't take the proper precautions.

Asbestos is made from several minerals which are toxic to people. Breathing in the fibers can scar your lungs or cause cancer. Not something to mess around with!

In some cases, popcorn ceilings were coated with paint. Older houses, especially, are at risk of this. Lead paint is also toxic to people, causing cognitive health issues and other health risks for young children and pregnant women.

If you have cause to believe your home is at risk of containing these toxins, here's more info about testing and disposal in Vancouver.

Types of Popcorn Ceiling Removal

There are two common solutions for removing popcorn ceilings from your home.

  1. Scraping

Scraping is the most common type of removal for popcorn ceilings. Before taking large project on, scrape a small section to make sure your ceiling is capable of undergoing the scraping.

If your ceiling passes the scrape test, cover your floors and walls with plastic sheets. Take out all the furniture in the room. Painter's tape and plastic will keep your space clean.

You will need the following materials:

  • Utility Joint Knife (rounded edges)

  • Water Pump Sprayer

  • Mud Bucket (optional)

Begin by using your pump sprayer to cover a small section of your ceiling at a time. Do not spray too much water, or you will damage your drywall. Let the water sit for 15-20 minutes.

If the texture does not soften, it is likely covered in paint. This will make the project more difficult but not impossible. Again, you will want to test for lead paint.

Once the water has softened the texture, use the utility knife and mud bucket to scrape the texture off of the ceiling. You'll want to use a rounded tool to prevent causing nicks and gouging in the existing drywall.

Consider hiring a professional company if you don't feel comfortable doing this project yourself.

2. Cover-up Job

If your ceiling tests come back positive for asbestos and lead, covering up the popcorn ceiling will be a better and safer option.

You can use pre-made ceiling boards you fasten into the ceiling or find a contractor who can offer more options for your renovation.

When You'll Need a Professional

Completing a project as big as popcorn ceiling removal, especially if you also plan on renovating the entire house, may be best to leave to the professionals.

If you live in the Vancouver area and are looking for a reliable drywall company, consider Custom Drywall. Contact us for a free consultation.