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Should I find my Popcorn Removal Team on Amazon Home Services?

popcorn removal Orlando amazon home servicesIn a few of our previous blogs, we’ve discussed the benefits and the pitfalls of finding a home improvement contractor on some of the major home contractor review sites out there. Websites like Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, and Thumbtack each have proprietary algorithms that help users find the right contractor for the job while boosting views for the companies that pay to play. But what about the newer or less publicized review sites? Are they worth checking out?

One that you may have come across while browsing the web is Amazon Home Services. A fairly recently added feature of the online retail juggernaut, home services allows consumers to shop for home improvement contractors much the way they would with other items. According to Home Services’ home page, all of their approved contractors are required to have liability insurance and proper state/national licensing for their services. But what else do they have to offer?

One feature of the service that seems very helpful is that it suggests contractors for you based on your recent shopping searches. For example, if you’ve recently been looking for a drywall repair patch kit or a new set of brushes for your walls, there’s a good chance it will recommend a few good drywall repair contractors or interior painters in your area. The only problem with that is that with a project that’s meant for the pros, like popcorn removal, there aren’t too many related searches to go on.

For the most part, the services you can select on Amazon Home Services are part of a prepackaged deal that the contractor lists with Amazon. This makes it easy to select a contractor to help you install a new appliance you purchased or to make room for a new installation. Amazon notes that it has a thorough background check protocol in place for each of its trusted contractors, so you can be sure that your home is safe – but you may not be getting the best service for your unique needs.

For more complicated jobs like popcorn removal in Orlando, the team at New Ceilings recommends sticking to trusted review sites like Angie’s List and Yelp to help find the right team for your job. If you’ve received a word-of-mouth recommendation, that’s even better! Give us a call at 407-378-6040 to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.

Ceiling the Deal: This Year’s Most Popular Ceiling Designs

orlando popcorn removal team popular ceiling designsCeilings across America are working hard to lose their title as the “forgotten wall.” As you’ve probably seen in some of our most recent blog posts, ceilings have become a big focus in contemporary interior design. Now that popcorn ceilings are a thing of the past and contractors have improved equipment and technique, we’re seeing all kinds of architectural features and textures arrive on the scene.

Whether you’ve taken the plunge and removed your popcorn or you’re still thinking about it, we’re sure a little design inspiration will help you along your journey! From the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings, here are 3 of the most popular ceiling designs we’ve seen in 2018.

 

  • Coffered ceilings. Coffered ceilings are nothing new, to be sure, but they’re making a huge comeback this year. Design professionals have created ornate patterns with coffered ceilings, giving the room a great deal of movement and visual interest. Coffered ceilings give you plenty of opportunities to play around with color and lighting and can act as an appealing focal point for any room.
  • Smooth ceilings. Smooth texture is the most difficult to pull off, as any underlying blemishes will still be visible at the surface. But if you’re feeling brave and you’ve partnered with a quality painting team, we highly recommend you give this bold look a try. Smooth ceilings reflect the natural light coming in, making your rooms seem larger and brighter. Try experimenting with color!
  • Wood beams and panels. This is one ceiling treatment that doesn’t require you to remove your popcorn first, but we think it’s a good idea in case you decide to switch it up. If you want to create a natural, earthy inspired look inside your home, installing thick wood beams or panels is a great way to achieve the look. Again, feel free to play around with color on the ceiling behind the beams for interesting design with a lot of depth.

 

Here at New Ceilings, we’re excited to see our clients pay attention to the forgotten wall! Dressing up the ceilings in your home can help you bring your interior design game into the future, and can even help boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell. Ready to learn more or to schedule your free consultation? Call the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings today at 407-378-6040.

What’s the Difference Between All the Review Sites?

find a popcorn removal contractor in Orlando with online review sitesLately, we’ve been discussing the ins and outs of finding the right popcorn removal contractor in Orlando using sites like Yelp, Thumbtack, Angie’s List, and more. Each of these sites has presented new opportunities for consumers to find professionals, but each also presents unique pitfalls. As you go through these guides, you might be wondering, why are there so many different review sites? Don’t they all do the same thing?

In truth, each of these contractor review sites filles a specific niche. Need to figure out where to start your popcorn removal search? Here’s some info on a handful of major review sites and what they offer you:

 

  • Angie’s List: If you’ve had to take care of a small repair around the house before, you probably know about Angie’s List. This site uses a proprietary software that prevents companies from reviewing themselves favorably and presents users with the most accurate reviews at all times. The order in which reviews appear may change based on advertising, but they’ll be representative of what you’ll really get.

 

  • HomeAdvisor: HomeAdvisor places its priorities on keeping homeowners and their property safe during any and every home improvement project. They use third-party software to perform background checks on every company that signs up for a business account. They present results in manageable groups of up to 4, so your choice is easy and safe.
  • Porch.com: This is a great choice if you’re a DIY enthusiast who wants a professional to take over your next project. This platform allows you to browse through millions of home improvement projects and get in touch with the contractors that carried them out. It also gives you quick access to each company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau.

 

 

Each review site is slightly nuanced from the others, giving you plenty of options based on your working style and design preferences. We recommend Angie’s List and Thumbtack to find accurate, useful reviews, but you can’t go wrong when it comes to word-of-mouth recommendations. To learn more or to schedule your appointment for popcorn removal in Orlando, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

3 Insider Secrets About Your Popcorn Removal Project

orlando popcorn removal insider secretsPopcorn removal isn’t exactly a secret or exclusive process. You know exactly why homeowners are having their popcorn texture removed – it’s outdated, it collects dust, and it dampens natural light – and you know that you can have the job done quickly and easily with the help of a team of professionals. Still, having a little insider knowledge before your project can help make the process go more smoothly.

Your trusted team in Orlando at New Ceilings wants you to be prepared and ready to go when your popcorn removal day is at hand. Here are a few things the pros know about your project:

  • Smooth finishes aren’t easy. After your popcorn texture is knocked down, your selected team should retexture your ceiling to your specifications. If you want smooth ceiling texture, you should expect a longer process. This is because smooth ceilings show every little imperfection (the very reason why popcorn ceilings were invented!) so your team will need to use special equipment to apply it properly.
  • We’ve got some prep to do. As we’ve mentioned before, drywall dust has a nasty habit of getting everywhere when it’s let loose in the world. Among the first things we’ll do is make sure that your ceiling fans, lights, and air vents are taken down and that your furniture and flooring is covered in plastic. You can always get a jumpstart on the work by taking down the ceiling fixtures ahead of time!
  • Choosing the wrong company is as bad as DIY. While knocking down your popcorn texture on your own can leave you with a literal pain in your neck, choosing the wrong team is almost worse. If the company you choose doesn’t give you an in-person quote, doesn’t treat you professionally, and leaves you with a mess or an uneven texture, it’s going to take a good deal more time and money to get the job fixed.

The biggest insider secret – and maybe it’s no secret at all! – is that working with a quality popcorn removal company like New Ceilings can leave you with the texture you want on your schedule and budget. Choose the company that produces exemplary work every time. To learn more or to schedule your in-person estimate, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

Sifting Through Yelp Reviews to Find the Right Popcorn Removal Team

popcorn removal team orlando sifting through yelp reviewsSince its arrival on the scene in 2004, Yelp has acted as a forum for customers to connect with businesses, to leave their feedback and recommend their favorite spots to others. While this is an important service and can be tremendously helpful for businesses seeking exposure and consumers looking for new services, it’s also brought along a handful of issues and new difficulties to navigate for both parties.

The Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings is happy to be listed on Yelp as part of the community; however, we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your search for a new contractor! Here are 3 pitfalls to avoid when you’re finding a popcorn removal team on Yelp:

  • Some Businesses Pay to Play. While anyone can post on Yelp to voice their opinions, and businesses can maintain their profiles for free, there is a pay to play option. Take a look at a business’ reviews, and you’ll probably see a few reviews for other related companies popping up at the top. This feature allows a business to take the top positions for results in their area, and can be a little confusing! Always check for the yellow AD tag next to the reviews you’re reading.
  • Some Reviews Aren’t Relevant. Yelp has changed the way consumers act toward businesses, and we’ve noticed a few reviews that aren’t really relevant to the customer experience. Be sure to take the time to read through the full review, especially if it’s a negative one. Sometimes, customers just want to be heard and will post, even if it’s not immediately pressing.
  • Some Quote Requests Won’t Be Accurate. Yelp allows customers to directly message a business they like for a quote on their popcorn removal job. While it’s great to get a quick response so you can plan your budget, we like to avoid online and over-the-phone quotes so that we can give you an accurate estimate for the job. Accepting a quote from Yelp may open you to “hidden costs” and a bigger bill than you’d anticipated.

Overall, Yelp is a great place to start when you’re looking for a quality popcorn removal team in Orlando. Just make sure you dig a little deeper below the surface results to make sure you’re getting accurate information and the reviews are on topic. To learn more about why we’re one of the best popcorn removal companies in the area, get in touch with New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

Everything You Need to Know About Popcorn Removal

orlando popcorn removal everything you need to knowThe popularity of popcorn ceilings was relatively short-lived, lasting from the late 1930s through the late 1970s, when the Clean Air Act outlawed the use of texturing containing asbestos. Although all popcorn ceilings don’t contain asbestos, many homeowners across the country have had their popcorn swapped for smoother, more modern textures.

Do you have an unsightly patch of popcorn you want to remove? Here’s everything you need to know, from the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings.

Why Popcorn Popped Off

Popcorn ceilings were introduced as an easy way for contractors to cover up blemishes and imperfections in their construction. While they were briefly championed as a way to increase visual interest and add texture to the room, their popularity took a sharp decline after the Clean Air Act mandated their end due to the presence of carcinogenic asbestos fibers in the texture. Generally speaking, popcorn ceilings put up before 1978 have been seen to contain asbestos. Don’t worry – if your popcorn ceilings are still intact, it’s not a health threat unless you try to remove the texture and knock these fibers loose. 

Why You Should Remove Your Popcorn

Smooth lines and crisp corners are huge in the contemporary design world, but there’s more than just aesthetics to think about. You should remove your popcorn ceilings because:

They lower your property value

If your house isn’t hitting the mark you hoped in your valuation, try removing the popcorn ceilings – you’ll probably find your home’s value has increased. Popcorn ceilings simply show that a house is a little outdated, and homebuyers want to look for something more contemporary within their budgets.

They make your allergies worse

Popcorn ceilings’ texture allows dust and dander to cling and build up. Sure, you might think that an easy solution would be to simply dust it, but agitating the texture may cause some of the texture to fall off, leaving you with more of an eyesore. Not only do smooth ceilings clean easily, they don’t let dust stick on in the first place.

They dampen natural light

Natural light is the most pleasant source of light in your home. Acoustic or popcorn ceilings, however, absorb much more light than flat ceilings, leaving your light sources somewhat dulled. Smooth ceilings – especially when painted with semi-gloss paint – reflect light better and allow it to spread further in your home.

What You Should Expect From Your Removal Team

First of all, New Ceilings recommends you always get professional help when removing your popcorn ceilings. If your ceiling was put up before 1978, you’ll need to test a small section of your popcorn for asbestos to determine if you can use a regular popcorn removal team or if you need a special hazmat team to remove your texture. If you can opt for the former, you should expect:

In-person estimate

It’s time to stop accepting quotes over the phone or online. When you opt for an estimate without an in-person walkthrough, you open yourself up to nickel-and-diming as the “unexpected fees” start to rack up. Not to mention, a thorough inspection can help you make sure you avoid surprises, which cost everyone time and money. Look for a popcorn removal team that completes your estimate in your home so they can truly tell you what the project will cost with no hidden fees.

Skilled work and attention to detail

Eliminating your popcorn texture should leave you with a modern smooth surface, not another eyesore. Your team should be able to remove the popcorn, touch up the drywall, and texture the surface smoothly and evenly, ready to paint.

Working with New Ceilings

  • Our customer service begins the moment you call us. We’re ready to start your project the right way from the moment you pick up the phone.
  • We’ll arrive on time with a smile and a handshake. Our team is a team of true professionals.
  • We will listen to your expectations and then convey our process from start to finish, giving you a quote on-site. You’ll be able to see what your money is really going toward.
  • We are always available to answer your questions after your quote is given!

New Ceilings is the Orlando popcorn removal company you can trust when you’re ready to improve your home. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 407-378-6040.

3 Reasons Why Popcorn Ceilings Won’t Come Back in Style

popcorn ceiling removal team won't see popcorn returnIf you’ve paid any attention to fashion or interior design over the last few decades, you know that trends are cyclical. The early 2000s saw a return of the bright neons and crimped hair of the ‘80s; modern interior designers saw a flourish of ‘50s style mint-green kitchen appliances. So if everything that goes around, comes around, why are popcorn ceilings still so unfashionable?

Here at New Ceilings, we couldn’t be happier to see popcorn ceilings go away for good – and it seems we’re in good company. Check out these three reasons why our popcorn ceiling removal team doesn’t think this trend will come back around:

 

  • Some of them contain harmful chemicals. As you probably know, some popcorn ceilings are made with asbestos, the structural fiber that has been shown to lead to certain types of cancers. While modern designers could use different materials to minimize the threat of any harm, most people still have a sour taste in their mouths from the association with asbestos.
  • They’re not allergy friendly. Today’s modern homeowner is looking to establish their own clean, organized place that’s a safe haven for themselves and their families. Doing so means catering to any health and safety needs family members may have, like allergy sensitivities. Popcorn ceilings are known dust traps and can leave allergy sufferers, well, suffering.
  • They’re not good palettes for experimentation. As you’ve come to gather from our previous posts, a lot of modern interior design focuses on ceiling color and texture. If you have a popcorn ceiling, however, repainting can be a real pain, and you don’t have much room for other experimentation. Most modern designs look best against a smooth surface, not a mottled one.

In truth, popcorn ceilings were never really that trendy – they were cheap for developers and easily hid any construction blemishes. If you’re ready to leave your popcorn ceilings in the past, it’s time to schedule your free consultation with New Ceilings. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 today to learn more.

Amateur Popcorn Removal vs. the Real Deal

orlando popcorn removal the difference between professional and amateur popcorn removalEvery homeowner goes through a foolhardy phase at some point in time, rushing in to repair and upgrade any issue in sight. It’s ok – we’ve been there too! After all, you’re the ruler of your domain, so it feels good to be able to be in charge of your home’s well-being. However, certain projects like Orlando popcorn removal are best left to the professionals. Even if it was a good learning experience to knock down the texture, the finished results may not look as polished as you had hoped.

If you’re happy with the results of your DIY popcorn removal, we’re not here to tell you you’re wrong, but you may change your mind when you get to take a look at professional results. From the popcorn removal team at New Ceilings, here are a few differences between DIY and professional popcorn removal:

 

  • DIY – your shoulders will be sore. Ok, so this isn’t a result you can see, but it’s one you’ll definitely feel for a while after you’re done with your project. Most homeowners who try to tackle popcorn removal by themselves say that it takes a lot longer than they had expected. That’s many long hours of reaching, scraping, and stretching, which can really add up if you’re not used to it. Leave it to the pros and you don’t have to worry about soreness or fatigue.
  • DIY – you’ll probably have to clean up a few times. If you’ve never done it before, you probably don’t really know just how much dust and debris gets knocked loose in the process. (Hint: a lot.) Any loose corner on your plastic sheet covers or your drop cloths can allow pesky texture dust to seep into panel seams, vents, and any other little gap it can find.
  • DIY – you’ll be left with amateur texturing. Many people don’t remember that you have to texture your ceiling before you paint it until it’s too late, leaving them at the mercy of YouTube experts to figure out how to do it. Professional popcorn removers will not only texture your raw drywall for you, they’ll probably give you a fresh coat of paint, saving you oodles of time.

Leaving your popcorn removal job in the hands of the professionals will bring you benefits you can see and feel. It’s time to give your home and your ceiling a fresh start and leave outdated popcorn texture in the past. When you’re ready to schedule your consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040.

3 Trends You Could Try if You Didn’t Have Popcorn Ceilings

orlando popcorn removal to try ceiling trendsHaven’t you heard? Ceilings are in the spotlight when it comes to interior design. Once overlooked, the ceiling has become the perfect place to experiment with colors, textures, patterns, tiles, and designs. In fact, some of our favorite trends of this year have involved incorporating the ceiling as a part of the scheme, and we think nothing makes a room look more polished and complete than a little extra attention upstairs.

Here’s the only catch: If you’re still holding onto your popcorn ceilings, none of these design trends will work. Need a little extra convincing to say goodbye to popcorn? From Orlando’s popcorn removal team at New Ceilings, here are 3 stellar trends you could try if your ceiling were bare:

  • Coffered ceilings. Pattern, texture, and depth all in one? Yes, please! A coffered ceiling uses beams laid out in a grid pattern to create movement and visual appeal in any room. Coffered ceilings allow a lot of leeway to experiment with lighting and color. You could paint the negative space a different color than the beams, or install hidden track lighting – if only you didn’t have popcorn ceilings.
  • Painted ceilings. Simple and straightforward, painted ceilings have the potential to make your room look completely new. Skip the boring white or beige and go for something bold that contrasts with the rest of the decor. You can even paint your ceiling a sunny orange or buttery yellow to enhance the natural light coming in your windows. Sure, you can paint over popcorn, but the results vary, and removal is twice the chore afterward.
  • Paneled ceilings. The best thing about this trend is that your choice of materials is almost unlimited. Whether you choose your favorite wood, beadboard, or something else, paneled ceilings give your home a neat, put-together look with lots of motion. Why would you ever want to stick with the splotchy lumps of popcorn when this is an option?

Getting the picture? We want you to get rid of your popcorn ceilings so you can update your home and enjoy one of these contemporary design trends! Once you’ve had your popcorn removed, the possibilities are almost endless. Not sure where to begin? Calling New Ceilings is a great start! To schedule your free consultation, give us a call at 407-378-6040 today.

Make Your Ceiling Shine with These Bold Colors

orlando popcorn removal team paints bright ceiling colorsWe’re officially declaring it now: 2018 is the year of the ceiling. This often-overlooked wall gives homeowners so many opportunities to be creative and transform their entire space, simply by adding a coat of paint. People have already started jumping on the colorful ceiling trend, and we anticipate that we will see so many more textures and colors to help make your ceiling shine as the new year approaches.

If you’re ready to dip your toe into the world of bright ceilings, the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings has your back! Here are 3 bold colors that will give just about any room a fresh look and feel:

  • Bright, buttery yellow. If your room doesn’t have too much wall space to work with, i.e. a kitchen or dining room encased in windows, painting your ceiling may be your best bet for boosting your interior design. When your area has a lot of natural light coming in, try a bright, smooth yellow like Lemon Twist SW 6909 to play up the bright, happy vibe streaming through the windows.
  • Dusky purple-grey. Bold doesn’t necessarily mean bright! If you’re not feeling the candy-coated look, try a striking, dusky purple like Gentle Grape SW 9074. This stunning yet soothing hue is the perfect shade for your personal areas, like the bedroom or the study. Keep the rest of your decor fairly light to keep the space from becoming gloomy.
  • Light spring green. The right green can give any room an instant pick-me-up. A gentle, airy spring green like Oh Pistachio SW 9033 will cheerfully reflect any light source, making your room feel like a lively hidden garden. Try this shade in a guest bedroom or a child’s bedroom to help them feel right at home.

Of course, before you try any of these shades, it’s a great idea to get your popcorn ceilings removed by the pros. A smooth ceiling will make your space feel larger, reduce your upkeep, and expand your decorating possibilities. To learn more or to schedule your consultation, get in touch with the Orlando popcorn removal experts at New Ceilings. Call 407-378-6040 today.

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