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Is a Popcorn Ceiling a Dealbreaker?

orlando popcorn removal to sell your homeAny well-loved home will have a few features here and there that have passed their primes. Whether your walls are still coated in the color of the year from 2005 or your appliances are from a few Sears catalogues ago, it’s ok if your home isn’t chock-full of the latest and greatest when it comes time to sell. But do popcorn ceilings change the story?

A quick Google search for “popcorn ceilings” will return a handful of results relating to homebuying and selling. On either side of the transaction, people aren’t quite sure whether they should get rid of the popcorn ceilings before they take the dive. While there’s no definitive answer to this issue, the Orlando popcorn removal experts at New Ceilings have a couple points to consider:

  • Test for asbestos before you make any decisions, whether you’re buying or selling. If the ceiling is negative for asbestos, it won’t be a big deal to remove, but asbestos-positive popcorn ceilings require special treatment from a qualified team. If you’re buying, make sure the seller includes a report on the status of the popcorn before you begin negotiations.
  • Sellers: Consider removing popcorn from the high-traffic areas before you list your home. Knocking out a few rooms won’t break the bank, and it’ll give your buyers a clean slate on which they can project their design ideas. Think dining room, living room, bedrooms, etc. but don’t worry about the closets. If your buyers really hate popcorn, they’ll be able to take care of those small spaces later on.
  • Buyers: Consider what you want to do with the area before you determine whether the popcorn is a dealbreaker or not. As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, you can always cover up the popcorn and still achieve a gorgeous, modern look in your home. If you’re dead-set on smooth, clean ceilings, the popcorn might be a dealbreaker, but if you’re going to tile or panel it anyway, don’t bother with the removal.

At the end of the day, popcorn ceilings’ dealbreaker status is entirely up to you. As long as they’re asbestos-free, they pose no harm to anyone, but removing them will definitely help boost your home’s value by a few thousand dollars. Are you ready to have your popcorn ceilings removed? Get in touch with New Ceilings today. Call 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

So Why Were Popcorn Ceilings Popular, Anyway?

orlando popcorn removal why was it popularEveryone makes mistakes. Whether it’s Stephen Hawking or your next-door neighbor, you can be sure that everyone you come across has faced some embarrassing faux pas in their lifetimes – even if they had the best of intentions. Popcorn ceilings come to mind as a common mistake in the interior design world. Occasionally, we find ourselves looking up at the bumpy monstrosities and asking, “Why?”

But while most homeowners can’t remove them quickly enough these days, popcorn ceilings were created with the best of intentions. Here are just a few reasons why they were so popular back in the day:

  • They easily covered up imperfections. The number one reason why popcorn ceilings spread across the country like wildfire is because contractors discovered the popcorn texture hid drywall dents and dings in a flash. We know very well that achieving a smooth, even surface isn’t easy; this texture helped speed up builders’ processes and added a finishing touch to every room.
  • They were intended to reduce noise levels. You may have heard people refer to popcorn ceilings as “acoustic ceilings.” Builders did find that the lumpy texture helped to absorb noise within the room and heavily relied on this fact to appeal to consumers. Today, new materials are much better at creating quiet, peaceful spaces – not to mention, they’re much more attractive.
  • They provided fire protection in commercial buildings. Popcorn texture wasn’t initially created with asbestos fibers. In fact, when its application became popular for commercial buildings, developers introduced asbestos to the mix as it’s a known flame retardant. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until years later that researchers discovered that asbestos has cancer-causing qualities.

Ultimately, popcorn ceilings weren’t all bad – they presented benefits to homeowners and contractors alike. Nowadays, however, we have much higher-quality materials to help make your home look beautiful and keep your family safe. Are you ready to get rid of that popcorn ceiling eyesore? Get in touch with the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings. Schedule your free consultation by calling 407-378-6040 today.

How to Find the Best Popcorn Removal Company in Your Area

find the right orlando popcorn removal contractorAny homeowner who’s attempted to take on a popcorn removal project by themselves can tell you, it’s not the easiest job in the world. Beyond the right tools, it requires a good technique, a lot of patience, and a few ibuprofen on hand. For the most part, we’d say this is a job best left to the professionals. And, as you know, finding the right team for the job can be the difference between an eyesore and a smooth, clean ceiling.

How do you know your selected popcorn removal team is the right one for the job? There are a few specific traits you can search for to make that distinction. Here’s a quick checklist to help you get started on your popcorn removal project as soon as possible:

  • A professional approach to your home. You want to find a team that loves your home as much as you do, who wants to see it look its most beautiful. Your home is your fortress, and you deserve a team who will treat your unique project with the care and efficiency you deserve. You should be able to feel out the team’s demeanor in your initial consultation and walkthrough.
  • An honest, accurate quote. Speaking of the initial consultation, you want to find a team that gives you a quote after a thorough inspection of the area, rather than providing a loose estimate over the phone. There’s nothing worse than being surprised by the bill after your team has cleaned up and left. If your pros really know what they’re doing, they’ll be able to give you an accurate price estimate for the job with no fine print.
  • Easy, open communication. That being said, sometimes things happen, and the job may come up against a roadblock and delay the timeline. Maybe you just have a few questions before the team gets started. No matter the reason, you should be able to get in touch with your popcorn removal team easily. Don’t opt for a contractor that will leave you high and dry.

If you want to make sure you’ve made the right choice, it’s always a good idea to do a quick internet search and take a look at a few review forums. The Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings comes backed by a long list of satisfied customers and positive reviews. See the difference for yourself when you get started on your popcorn removal project. Call 407-378-6040 to learn more.

3 Common Myths about Popcorn Ceiling Removal

3 popcorn removal mythsPopcorn ceilings were a real flash in the pan of interior design. When they were popular in the 1960s through the 1980s, they were everywhere. Construction teams loved them for their ability to hide flaws in drywall ceilings. Homeowners liked them for their novel texture and noise absorbing abilities. But as the years passed by, people started to realize that popcorn ceilings weren’t all they were popped up to be.

Still, some homeowners have stuck it out, resisting popcorn ceiling removal for one reason or another. Here are 3 of the most common myths about popcorn ceilings that may be causing you to cling to an outdated texture:

  • The removal isn’t worth the money. Cost is always at the top of the list when it comes to reasons to avoid a home upgrade. At around $1 per square foot, the project can add up; but ultimately, removing popcorn ceilings can add hundreds of dollars to your resale value, if you ever decide to give up your home. What’s more, testing your ceilings for harmful substances can help save you money on doctor visits!
  • Painting over them is a comparable solution. Ok, so this one isn’t quite a “myth,” but the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings advises homeowners to avoid painting popcorn ceilings. It may freshen the surface up, but if the time comes to change the texture, you’ll wind up spending much more on the project. Cleaning won’t get any easier, either.
  • Popcorn removal leaves a bigger mess than you started with. No doubt about it: popcorn removal is a messy job for a DIYer. But if you hire a team of professionals to get the job done for you, they’ll be able to properly prepare the area (or areas) before they get started to minimize dust and make cleanup quick and easy. You won’t have to worry about drywall dust raining down on your furniture.

 

One of the greatest truths we know about popcorn removal is that now is the best time to get it done. You’ll find that retexturing your ceilings will make your rooms noticeably brighter and help reduce the amount of household allergens floating through your home. Ready to get a modern finish? Get in touch with the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings. Call 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget the Ceilings

orlando popcorn removalAh, spring. The time when the flowers begin to bloom, the birds begin to sing, and the sun seems to shine just a little brighter. With nature showing us the sunniest of dispositions, it’s only fair that we prepare our homes to welcome in the change in seasons! That’s why the tradition of spring cleaning has endured in homes for hundreds of years, and continues to be passed through the generations.

While you’re dusting off all the cabinets and sprucing up your floors, don’t forget to look up! The Orlando popcorn removal experts at New Ceilings encourage you to put popcorn removal at the top of your spring cleaning list this year, for a few great reasons:

 

  • It’ll give you a chance to take care of some deep cleaning. When you prepare your rooms for your popcorn removal, you’ll need to move all the major furniture pieces out of the way to a protected area. Why not take the chance to get some cleaning done in all those little corners? You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel once you knock out some of those hidden allergens.
  • It’ll give you the motivation to upgrade those lighting fixtures. While our popcorn removal professionals can often leave ceiling fans and lights where they are during the process, it makes the whole ordeal much easier to have a smooth, fixture-free ceiling. Once you have the lights and fans down, why don’t you look for some new ones? It’ll give you that push to get your decor game on lock that you’ve been needing.
  • It’ll make spring cleaning easier in the future. We know we’ve mentioned it before, but we can’t overstate just how much easier care and maintenance is with a smooth ceiling. Popcorn ceilings collect a great deal of dust, and cleaning them may damage the surface, but leaving them untouched can leave your family exposed to irritating allergens. With smooth ceilings, you can simply run a microfiber cloth over them to clean them up.

Here at New Ceilings, we want you to get the most out of your home. By adding popcorn removal to your spring cleaning list, you’ll be giving your family a lovely clean state to make your home the best it can be. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, give us a call at (407) 378-6040 today.

Ceiling Dynamics: Restoring Elegance Through Ceiling Color

painting ceilings after popcorn removal in orlandoOften, the most overlooked space in a room is the ceiling. The ceiling can help to add a revitalized feel to a room, provide a new texture, or host a vibrant color. Many homeowners are opting for popcorn removal in Orlando as people realize they can change their ceiling to virtually be the fifth wall of their dreams. Before you can add color or a different texture, however, you need to have the popcorn ceiling removed by a professional.

The advantage of color is that you can create illusion with your “fifth” wall. You can add dark colors to make the ceiling feel lower, making the room feel cozy and inviting. This works well with rich colors like brown and mauve that with the right finish can provide beautiful sheen to the ceiling. You can also create the look of a higher ceiling by going with a light color which will have the opposite effect, making the ceiling appear higher and giving the space a larger, more open feel. Once you remove the popcorn ceiling texture the options are limitless.

The other benefit of having a light colored ceiling is the fact that it will reflect more light from the sun, giving the room a brighter, more welcoming feel. This will help the main room feel more at home, while creating a more modern look that can be designed to work with the theme you have for your room. The ceiling is often a forgotten canvas in the home, but in places with a lot of bright sunlight like Orlando, it can make use of that light source, adding an airy feel to any space in the house.

Tired of seeing popcorn ceiling when you walk in the house? Want to shake up the decor with a new ceiling color, but not sure where to start? At New Ceilings we offer a free consultation where you can learn more about popcorn removal in Orlando, and begin the process of redesigning your fifth wall. Give New Ceilings a call at (407) 378-6040 today!

How NOT to Remove Your Popcorn Ceilings

shutterstock_32451922We’ve all been there: as homeowners, sometimes we may get a little too confident in our handyman capabilities and wind up with a bigger mess than we started with. When this happens, don’t worry–you’re not alone! When you have the time and determination, it can be exciting to experiment with a home improvement project and learn a few skills in the meantime. However, it’s always best to have a plan B on hand, just in case.

To all those home repair pioneers out there, we salute you. If you’re preparing to tackle a little popcorn removal in Orlando, we’ve got your back. Here are a few things NOT to do when you attempt to eliminate your ceiling texture:

 

  • Don’t forget to cover your walls. Many overeager Weekend Warriors think that the most important thing to keep covered are the floors. While this is an important step, especially if your floors are carpeted, it’s so crucial that you don’t forget to cover up your walls. After you wet the popcorn texture, once you begin to scrape it, it will fall off in clumps–and it’ll be sticky. Don’t let it cling to your walls for dear life–keep it off in the first place.
  • Don’t scrape too hard! While popcorn texture needs to be thoroughly scraped off the drywall once it’s wet, it’s an easy mistake to dig too deep and puncture your ceiling. Take care to angle your scraper or putty knife as you remove the popcorn, and get a feeling for the depth of the texture.
  • Don’t forget to test your popcorn for asbestos. This one is no laughing matter. As we’ve discussed before, certain popcorn ceilings may contain asbestos fibers, which have been proven to potentially cause lung cancer. Always test your ceiling for asbestos before you begin the removal process; if you do detect its presence, you’ll need a hazmat team to take it down.
  • Don’t forget to take all of your furniture out of the room. It can be easy to think that you can simply cover up your furniture pieces with sheets and keep them clean and protected. However, drywall dust from sanding has a nasty habit of sneaking into any creases and crevices it can find. It’s best to simply move all the furniture out of the room and bring it back in later.

Don’t be fooled: popcorn removal in Orlando is no simple task. It requires a lot of preparation and a steady hand to wind up with a smooth, clean ceiling. Instead of breaking your back, why not get in touch with a professional popcorn removal team to get the job done? New Ceilings has years of experience removing popcorn ceilings. Call (407) 378-6040 to learn more or schedule your initial consultation today.

 

Celebrate Your Smooth Ceilings with Hanging Decorations

hanging decorative items after popcorn removal in OrlandoOrlando homeowners who have just had their popcorn ceiling removed often wonder what to do with their new, brighter, lighter space. Once popcorn is gone, ceilings can take a real focal point in the living room. Why not spruce it up with some beautiful hanging decorations? Of course, lighter items like streamers and paper objects will easily stay in place with tape or thumb tacks due to the lack of pressure they exert on the ceiling and tape, but those aren’t the types of decorations you’d have up every day.

If you choose to hang something heavier but still under five pounds after your popcorn ceiling removal, you may need to invest in other mounting options. For example, for a small plant or small light fixtures, you can get away with adhesive hooks which are great because they do not leave marks and they are easy to apply and take down. Adhesive hooks can come in different colors to match your ceiling or to be virtually invisible. They also can withstand Orlando’s year-round heat, which is a huge plus–no melting or falling decorations!

For extremely heavy items you will need to take special precautions. Items over five pounds need to be supported by your ceiling so they do not cause damage. Joists are the long wooden beams that run along the ceiling for support. To find a joist in the ceiling you can tap the ceiling in different spaces or use a stud sensor to locate one. Once you have found one of the joists, you will need to drill a hole into the ceiling and then screw a hook into that joist so it will support the item you are hanging. This will support the weight of the item and help protect your ceiling. This works great for larger plants, lanterns, and large chandeliers.

Once you have removed your popcorn ceiling, you have the option to hang many different items like:

  • Recessed lights
  • Chandeliers
  • Art pieces and streamers
  • Pictures
  • Chairs and shelves

Luckily, homes in Orlando have lower ceilings and relatively few attics, so hanging heavier items is not the trickiest task in Florida. Also having items hung from the ceiling makes a great statement piece, and adds a nice look to your living room. Still trying to decide whether to remove your popcorn ceilings? Schedule your complimentary consultation today. New Ceilings has a team of experts who can tackle your popcorn removal in Orlando. For more information or to schedule your complimentary consultation, contact New Ceilings today at (407) 378-6040.

My Dream Home Has Popcorn Ceilings. Should I Still Buy it?

popcorn removal in orlando for new homesPopcorn ceilings are incredibly common, as any expert on popcorn removal in Orlando will tell you, but their popularity has fallen very far since the 70s. To help you as you make one of the biggest decisions of your life–purchasing a home–we’ve laid out a short guide to help you through it.

It’s a common story here in Orlando. A young couple looking to buy a new house, maybe even their first, can’t seem to find anything within their price range. Then, after months of searching, they finally something that fits them like a glove: a slightly older home in a great neighborhood. Perhaps this isn’t your first time in the housing market. Either way, when you find a home you love, you may be more willing to put up with its quirks.

No house is perfect, and many houses in the Orlando area built from the 1970s to the 1990s are topped off with popcorn ceilings. A once-popular feature, they have fallen out of favor in recent years, and have even been known to reduce a property’s value. So, the question is, if your dream home has popcorn ceilings, should you look elsewhere?

First, let it be said that many of the stories you’ve heard about popcorn ceilings are false, or at least misleading. They are no more flammable than any other ceiling type, and while it is true that they can mask imperfections in the drywall beneath them, it is not an impossible task to identify and fix this problem.

The key to being happy with your new home, even if it does have popcorn ceilings, is to test them for asbestos before you buy. If your ceilings are free from the potentially harmful fibers, you can easily find an Orlando popcorn removal team who will professionally remove and resurface your ceiling texture. However, the presence of asbestos means that you’ll have to contact a HAZMAT team to take care of the removal process, which can be very costly and time consuming.

So, the bottom line is that as long as you opt for proper testing, you should never let popcorn ceilings deter you from buying a home. Remember, this is your home now and you can go about doing what you want with it. It’s easy to forget that your ceilings are just as customizable as anything else, but with the help of the professionals, you can get the elegant, smooth ceilings of your dreams. To learn more or to schedule your initial estimate for popcorn removal in Orlando, contact the experts at New Ceilings at (407) 378-6040 today.

 

Easy Popcorn Cover-Ups that Look Like a Million Bucks

decorativetinceilingAs we’ve mentioned a few times before, removing popcorn texture from your ceilings will really help brighten up your room–but before you dive into the process, it’s very important that you have your popcorn tested for asbestos. Unfortunately for some homeowners, especially those in older homes, asbestos-positive popcorn can only be removed by a hazmat team, and the process comes at a hefty price.

But don’t despair! Even if you can’t remove your popcorn ceilings, trusted experts on popcorn removal in Orlando have a way to get around the dilemma. Here are a few suggestions for covering up your popcorn ceilings to achieve a more beautiful look:

 

  • Decorative tin ceiling tiles. You’ve heard of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but have you heard of tin ceilings before? Many manufactures now make decorative tin ceiling tiles in an array of styles and patterns, which really help to reflect light and make your ceilings seem taller. You can select from a variety of metallic colors, including silver, copper, and bronze. These tiles would look perfect in a modern kitchen or around a bar area.
  • Cloth draping. The best thing about using cloth draping to cover up an ugly ceiling is that you can select just about any type of cloth you want. Most people opt for lighter, more billowy material, creating cloud-like puffs and festive streamers around the room. This idea would be best used in a bedroom–try it out in your child’s bedroom and let their imaginations run wild!
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles. A little less flashy than our other two options, acoustic ceiling tiles can be found in a number of simple, appealing patterns and fastened to your ceiling, covering up that ugly popcorn texture. As an added bonus, acoustic ceiling tiles help cancel out noise pollution! This option would be great for an entertainment room, so noise from your video games and loud movies doesn’t echo throughout the house.

Living with popcorn ceilings doesn’t have to be so bad if you just get a little creative with your options! By attaching decorative tiles or draping to your ceiling, you don’t have to put your health at risk by exposing your home to asbestos fibers. To learn more about unique ceiling ideas or to schedule your free estimate, contact the experts on popcorn removal in Orlando at New Ceilings. Call (407) 378-6040 today.

 

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