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Popping Off: The Rise and Fall of Popcorn Ceilings

Real Estate SOS

1 min read

Jun 17




Popcorn ceilings were all the rage from the 1950s to the 1980s before it was discovered that asbestos, often used in the texture, posed serious health risks. Textured ceilings were ideal for apartments and multi-story homes, muting the noise between rooms and floors, and builders loved how quick and easy it was to apply, allowing them to mask drywall imperfections easily.

Despite their practicalities, popcorn ceilings have disadvantages: they attract dust and cobwebs, are tough to clean, nearly impossible to repair, are prone to staining, and trap odors. Nowadays, they are often seen as outdated and can reduce the value of a home. Nonetheless, some people still prefer popcorn ceilings.

If you're not a fan and are considering updating your popcorn ceilings, several options are available depending on your budget, the condition of the ceiling, and your style.

We've previously refreshed dingy popcorn ceilings by either painting over them or removing them. Removal is messy and labor-intensive, and if asbestos is suspected, it requires careful handling. For non-asbestos texture removal, we lightly sprayed the ceilings with water and carefully scraped away the texture, taking care not to damage the drywall underneath. Both methods have worked wonders for us!

Do you have popcorn ceilings in your home? Are you thinking of updating them or keeping them as they are, or have you already embarked on this project? Share your experiences and tips in the comments below!

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