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The Advantages of Popcorn Ceilings (and Why Removal is Still Better)

orlando popcorn removal the advantages of popcornIf you’ve kept up with our blog thus far, you’ve probably figured out that we’re not huge fans of popcorn ceilings. Our team at New Ceilings sincerely believes that every homeowner deserves a popcorn-free home, giving them the liberty to try more modern styling and keeping them free from potentially dangerous substances. Still, if popcorn didn’t have its advantages, contractors wouldn’t have started using it in the first place.

Today, we want to talk about the advantages of popcorn ceilings and the value some homeowners perceive to make them consider leaving their popcorn alone. Here are 3 of the top benefits of popcorn:

 

  • It helps hide imperfections. This reason alone played a huge part in the widespread use of popcorn texture in new construction. Contractors turned to the texture as it allowed them to hide any imperfections in the drywall and construction. Smooth ceilings are stunning, but having them means you’ll be able to see every little flaw in your home’s design, from divots in the drywall to uneven corners.
  • It reduces noise pollution in the house. Popcorn ceilings are also known as acoustic ceilings for their ability to dampen noise. If you’ve spent time in a home with popcorn ceilings, you’ve probably noticed that it had much less echo and brought in less noise pollution from the outside.
  • It’s cheap and easy to install. This is another big factor in the ubiquitous nature of popcorn ceilings. Installing popcorn takes less time than correcting imperfections and painting, and thus, it usually costs less. While popcorn-friendly contractors aren’t as readily available now as they have been in years past, it’s still fairly easy to find someone who can spray on the texture for you. In fact, you could probably do it yourself with little training.

 

For all of these advantages, New Ceilings still believes a popcorn-free life is the way to live. Not only does removing popcorn give your home an instant facelift, it also helps improve your quality of life and increases your property value. Check out our other blogs on Orlando popcorn removal for more information, or give us a call at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

A Glimpse at the Life of a Popcorn Ceiling

orlando popcorn removal popcorn ceiling lifespanPopcorn ceilings were all the rage about 50 years ago. When this texture arrived on the scene, it offered contractors a novel way to add fire resistance to the home and to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and construction errors. From its inception well through the 80s, popcorn ceilings were ubiquitous, the remnants of which can still be seen in many homes across the country.

While popcorn ceilings can remain intact for decades with the proper care, many of them do show the wear and tear that comes with their life cycles. Here’s a brief glimpse into the life of a popcorn ceiling:

 

  • Application. Application of popcorn texture is an inexpensive and simple process, which is one of the reasons why it was so popular to begin with. Contractors use a spray applicator to coat the ceiling with the lumpy texture, letting it settle into the familiar peaks and valleys you may have over your head.
  • Aging. Most popcorn ceilings show signs of their age after a few years. One of the most commonly cited issues with older popcorn is that it becomes discolored after catching dust particles for so many years. Older popcorn also tends to get flaky, leaving you with ugly, raw edges. While it’s possible to clean, it’s hard to do so without knocking some of the texture away and creating unsightly bald spots.
  • Coverup and Repair. Many homeowners attempt to cover up their aging popcorn ceilings by painting over them to mixed results. Without gentle cleaning, your paint won’t adhere to the surface. Furthermore, painting your popcorn means it will be much more difficult to remove in the future, should you change your mind. It is possible to patch and repair any bald spots with a patching kit, but exactly matching the texture and color is a very difficult task.

 

As you can see, popcorn ceilings don’t have the smoothest lifespan. Over time, they can create a number of annoyances for the average homeowner. Why don’t you de-stress your space and have your popcorn ceilings removed? Learn more from the Orlando popcorn removal experts at New Ceilings. Call us at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

Why Now is the Best Time for Popcorn Removal

orlando popcorn ceilings removal during the holidaysThe holiday season is officially upon us, and with it come the myriad things to do to prepare for guests and parties galore. As you prepare your home for any relatives that are coming into town, we’re guessing popcorn removal is one of the last things on your mind. How can you be expected to knock out a home improvement project when you have so much shopping, cooking, and cleaning to do?

Here at New Ceilings, we actually think that now is the perfect time for popcorn removal. Hear us out:

 

  • Your guests will be impressed by how much more modern your home looks. Popcorn removal is one of the quickest ways to update your home. Popcorn ceilings keep your home’s styling in the 80s, but a smooth ceiling or the texture of your choice greatly contemporize your decor. When your guests arrive, they’ll feel as if they’re stepping into a brand new home.
  • It’s a fairly quick procedure. When you work with a team of popcorn removal experts like the guys at New Ceilings, your turnaround time is relatively small. Our professionals give your ceilings the full treatment; after we’ve removed your popcorn texture, we’ll retexture and paint your ceilings for you. If you choose to schedule your appointment now, your home will be ready well before your first Christmas guest rings your doorbell.
  • It’s a great gift for the whole family. Removing your popcorn ceilings isn’t just a decision for yourself. There are so many advantages to being popcorn-free that benefit every member of your household. Not only will your family have the luxury of more modern-feeling rooms, they’ll also experience better respiratory health as popcorn is a huge dust trap. They may even find their moods are improved as popcorn tends to absorb a lot of natural light.

 

We would love to help you get your home ready for the holidays. Between checking things off your shopping list and getting your decorations set up, we hope you’ll think of New Ceilings to remove your Orlando popcorn ceilings. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call us at 407-378-6040 today.

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.

How New EPA Regulations Affect Popcorn Removal

orlando popcorn removal new EPA Significant New Use RuleIn the 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency released the Clean Air Act, outlawing the use of “spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing materials” like popcorn ceiling texture. Up until that point, asbestos was a crucial component of many construction materials, known for its sound deadening and insulating properties. While the CAA didn’t mandate the removal of asbestos-containing materials, it did stop their future production.

You may have seen in recent news that President Trump passed a measure that would once again allow the use of asbestos in new construction. This measure, called the Significant New Use Rule, allows the government to evaluate asbestos use on a case-by-case basis. While this doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing a new wave of popcorn ceilings coming in vogue, it may indicate some changes for the average homeowner.

Sarah Dodge, senior vice president of Advocacy & Relationships at the American Institute of Architects, notes that risks are “significant for anyone who disturbs the materials once installed, whether homeowners, contractors, facilities staff, or others.” No interaction with asbestos is a safe interaction.

Over 60 countries currently ban the use of asbestos, given its dangerous nature. Between 1999 and 2013, between 189,000 and 221,000 people in the United States died of complications related to asbestos exposure. As we mentioned above, this new rule does not necessarily mean you will be seeing asbestos in your newly-constructed homes in the coming years, but it does call for homeowners to take extra precautions.

If you need to schedule popcorn ceiling removal sometime soon, be sure to have your ceiling tested for asbestos before you begin. The presence of asbestos will require the assistance of a team that specializes in removing hazardous materials. If your ceiling is asbestos-free, the team at New Ceilings can help you. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

What’s Missing from Home Advisor’s “Best 5” Lists

popcorn removal in orlando on homeadvisor 5 bestIf you’ve been shopping around for a home improvement contractor, you’ve probably come across HomeAdvisor’s “Best 5” reports for contractors in your area. HomeAdvisor does have this proprietary system as an advantage over other review sites like Angie’s List and Thumbtack, allowing potential customers to get a broad overview of what their project might look like. But even though the presentation is neat and tidy, there may be a few things missing.

The Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings wants you to be totally prepared for your upcoming project – that’s why we only provide estimates in person. If you’re only going by the information HomeAdvisor gives you, here’s what you’re missing:

 

  • The scope of the average job. One of the sections you’ll find in HomeAdvisor’s “Best 5” report is a graph of the average price for the project. While this is a handy figure to have on hand, it doesn’t take into account the scope of the jobs they recorded, or how many ceilings needed to be knocked down. You’ll probably get a price with a huge range: a current search for Popcorn Removal in Orlando brings a range of $350 to $3,700.
  • All of the contractors in your area. As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the contractors who come to the top of the list on review sites are often the ones who pay for account. This means you’re probably missing a number of the highly regarded companies in your area who just haven’t signed up for a professional account yet.
  • Photos of reviews. Sure, reading that someone had an enjoyable experience with their popcorn removal is good enough, but seeing the results takes you to an entirely new level. HomeAdvisor’s reviews are devoid of photos, and for something like retexturing a ceiling, you want to know that the team you choose can apply a smooth finish just as expertly as drop trowel.

 

When you’re looking for a popcorn removal team in Orlando, looking online is one of the best places to start your journey. The team at New Ceilings recommends using a blend of resources like Houzz, HomeAdvisor, Thumbtack, and Angie’s List to get a clear picture of the company you’re working with. To learn more or to schedule your popcorn removal consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

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.

Statement Walls are So 2017 – Try a Statement Ceiling!

remove popcorn ceilings in Orlando to try statement ceilingsIf you’ve browsed through any home design blogs or social media – or even our blog on our sister site – you might have gotten the hint that statement walls are popular in interior design. Many contemporary designers choose to paint one focal wall in a vibrant, contrasting color, often working in patterns or even wallpaper, to stand out amongst the rest. While they’re still making waves, we’re here to tell you that the latest and greatest trend is statement ceilings.

The ceiling is a virtually new playground for interior designers. As contractors move away from ugly popcorn and improve their equipment and techniques to create smooth ceilings, more opportunities for design greatness abound. Here are 3 ways to tap into the statement ceiling trend:

 

  • Coffered ceilings are nothing new – in fact, they’ve been making classic silhouettes in stately houses for decades. However, more designers are embracing patterns in coffered ceilings, painting the blank spaces between beams with a bright color or even layering on the wallpaper. This modern update on a classic style is one of our favorite ways to bring attention to a beautiful ceiling.
  • Shiplap and wood panels are also making an appearance on ceilings across the country. Known for their ease of installation, organic paneling lends an air of beachside breeziness to any home. While you don’t need a smooth ceiling to install wood beams, removing popcorn before you install gives you more options to play with patterns and colors.
  • Painting the ceiling has come in vogue, and is one of the easiest ways to totally change the look of your home’s interior. Painting the ceiling is one treatment you definitely can’t do with popcorn texture. Painting popcorn is likely to knock off some of the texture, and makes it much more difficult to remove if you ever change your mind.

 

If you’re ready to try something new in your home, the first step is to get those popcorn ceilings removed. When you work with a team of professionals, your ceiling will be retextured and ready to paint as soon as the project is done. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings in Orlando at 407-378-6040.

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.

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.

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