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Popcorn ceilings emerged in the 1930s and became hugely popular in the 1970s. They were named ‘popcorn’ due to their resemblance to the popular cinema snack ‘popcorn’. They are also known as cottage cheese and stucco ceilings.  Popcorn ceilings are one of those things that have become obsolete with time. 

They are unappealing to look at and don’t compliment a modern home.  They make a dent in the overall appeal of an otherwise elegant and modern home. 

They are not just visually unappealing but they also pose some health risks. Popcorn ceilings are present in homes that were constructed a few decades ago. Multiple homeowners choose to remove them. 

Let us see why getting rid of these unappealing pieces of architecture is the right thing to do.

4 Reasons to Get Rid of a Popcorn Ceiling

To Get Rid of Asbestos

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared Asbestos a hazardous substance in 1978, through the Clean Air Act. Prior to this Act, asbestos was used in the manufacture of the ceilings. It is possible that the popcorn ceilings of your home may contain asbestos. 

Fibrous asbestos is a health hazard. If inhaled in large quantities due to continuous or prolonged exposure, it can cause lung cancer. We recommend you to remove the popcorn ceilings at home if the ceiling has been damaged and the interior surface of the ceiling is visible. 

  • A damaged ceiling is a sign that asbestos will be released from the ceiling and will exist in fibrous form. The fibrous form is the most dangerous as it gets suspended in the air. It then enters the body through inhalation.

To Improve the Lighting

  • Popcorn ceilings have a bumpy texture. They are not smooth and flat. This uneven texture causes the light to bounce at different angles and with different intensities. This causes the room to be illuminated in a haphazard manner. The room becomes devoid of warmth and serenity. 

If you cannot afford to get rid of the popcorn ceiling, you should get rid of any light which dangles from the ceiling. Illuminate the room with table and floor lamps. The idea is to take the focus away from the ceiling so a softer and more relaxing ambiance can be created for the room.

To Avoid Dust and Allergies

  • Popcorn ceilings attract dust and dirt. The dust gets trapped in the tiny holes of the ceiling. The dust consistently keeps falling down, making it a herculean task to keep the home clean. 

The ceilings also trap other air pollutants, most of which are common allergens such as pollen and pet dander. A popcorn ceiling can therefore exacerbate your allergies.  Removing it will be a healthier option.

It is High Maintenance

  • All parts of the home are prone to damage. Ceilings are no exception to it. They can get scraped, and dented. Unlike cement ceilings, there is no damage repair for popcorn ceilings. The entire ceiling will need to be repaired to fix one hole.

This is costly and time-consuming. If you have a damaged popcorn ceiling, we recommend you replace it rather than getting the whole thing fixed. 

If you wish to get your popcorn ceilings removed, we suggest you to contact Encore Painting. They provide affordable and reliable popcorn ceiling removal services in Mckinney, Texas.