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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.

Organizing Your Home Remodeling Project

drywall installation orlando planning your home remodelWhile remodeling your home is an exciting project, it can also bring about a great deal of stress. Between finalizing your plans, finding the right contractors, and nailing down your schedule, it may seem like the end is never going to be in sight. The best way to avoid the home remodeling jitters and to make sure every part of your home receives the attention it needs is to create a detailed and organized schedule.

Putting every part of your remodeling down on paper may seem like an insurmountable task, but once you get started, the pieces will start falling into place. Here’s how we suggest you organize your home remodeling project:

 

  • Work from the top down. If repairing your roof is part of your home renovation plan, that should be the first task you undertake. That way, you’ll be able to take a look at any structural damage and make sure the rest of your renovations won’t collapse on you. If you put a new roof on your building before you start adjusting the rest of the home, you’ll protect your work from the elements as well.
  • Next, it’s time to demolish. If you’re knocking down walls to open your floorplan or expand a room, that should be your next step. When you’re planning your demolition, don’t forget to rent a sizeable waste container to clean up the debris. If you won’t be staying in the house, it’s a good idea to knock out as much as possible to make the rebuilding easier.
  • Install your structural pieces. If you need to add any support structures for new drywall, it’s time to add those in next!
  • Turn the lights on. One more step before you install your drywall – make sure your electrical and plumbing systems are set up correctly. Once these systems are ready to roll, you’ll install insulation just before you:
  • Install your drywall. Once the drywall is in place and you have all the windows and trim ready, it’s time to bring in your texturing and paint professionals. It’s a great idea to have the same company that installs your drywall take care of the texturing as they’ll leave your walls ready to paint and decorate.

 

When you choose a drywall installation company in Orlando for your next renovation project, opt for one that can take care of the installation and texturing quickly and professionally so you can keep right on schedule. Choose New Ceilings and you’re in great hands. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call 407-378-6040.

Building Materials Through the Years

drywall repair in orlando building materials throughout the yearsHome construction technology has come a long way since the first residences were built. As people continued to build homes and the list of readily available materials expanded, builders found new and more efficient ways to create houses that not only protect their residents but also have a smaller impact on the environment and help save money. Now, many neighborhoods are constructed similarly, with some older homes making way for new construction.

We do still see plenty of brick and plaster houses in existence, but for the most part, general contractors have selected drywall as their building material of choice. Take a look at common building materials in years past and learn how drywall has improved the state of the house:

 

  • Brick. Brick in its many forms has been used as a construction material since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Initially formed by drying rectangles of mud in the sun, brick can now refer to any rectangular unit of building material laid in mortar. These literal building blocks are commonly made from clay, concrete, sand, and lime, and provide insulation and a pleasant, somewhat old-fashioned appearance.
  • Wood. Many homes and buildings still begin as wood frames, although those methods are quickly shifting toward rebar and metal. Wood is an excellent insulator and can help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, meaning that you save money on electricity. Keep in mind, though, that wood isn’t the best choice for Florida homes as it can be susceptible to water damage and rot.
  • Drywall. No matter the materials that make the frame of your home, there’s a good chance you’re surrounded by drywall on all sides. Drywall is one of the easiest wall materials for contractors to install, on top of being more environmentally friendly to make than other materials. Drywall is versatile and provides solid structure while giving homeowners flexibility.

 

We think it’s no wonder that drywall is the material of choice for modern-day construction. Some estimates say that 20 billion square feet of drywall is manufactured every year in the U.S. It’s lightweight and doesn’t cost much to produce. When you need drywall repair in Orlando, work with the team that knows the material. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

What’s the Difference Between a Handyman and a Contractor?

Orlando Drywall Repair difference between a handyman and a contractorAs you’ve been searching for the right person to take care of your drywall repair, you’ve probably come across a number of listings for local handymen. A slightly old-fashioned term, a handyman’s title says it all – he’s handy around the house and can help you fix a variety of issues around the house. You’ve probably also noticed that the handymen’s fees are lower than those of the general contractors you’ve found – so who should you pick to do your repair work?

Here at New Ceilings, we always recommend that you don’t make your selections based on price alone. The key difference between a handyman and a drywall repair contractor is the licensing required by the state. According to the state of Florida, a handyman does not require a license to perform basic repair and maintenance tasks for homeowners. This allows them to keep their costs lower.

That’s not to say that a handyman’s work is lower in quality. The handyman you’ve found are hopefully backed by a handful of positive reviews, whether online or by word of mouth. Working as a handyman is a good way to provide homeowners with affordable repairs around the house. The licensing really comes in for bigger jobs, i.e. those that require the person doing the repairs to work with plumbing or electrical systems.

So when should you hire a handyman for your home? In general, we would say you can easily use a handyman for smaller jobs. Think a couple small nail pops, a clogged disposal, or installing a ceiling fan. When it comes to repairing, replacing, or installing larger sections of wall, however, it’s best that you leave the work to the licensed professionals like the drywall repair team at New Ceilings.

Are you ready to find the right drywall repair professionals for your needs? Checking their licensing and credentials is a good place to start. Always make sure your selected drywall repair company comes out in person to give you an estimate so they know the full scope of the project and you’re not nickled and dimed when the bill comes. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

Why do Drywall Repair Companies Get Negative Yelp Reviews?

drywall repair companies orlando yelp reviewsIf you’ve been searching for the perfect drywall repair contractor for your home’s needs, we’re betting you’ve seen a couple of cringeworthy reviews. Even the highest-rated drywall repair companies have one or two off days.  It seems that customers tend to turn to review sites like Yelp and Google Plus when they’re upset and seeking assistance; however, if you dig a little deeper, you may see a common theme among a handful of the negatives.

Here at New Ceilings, our service to our customers is just as important as the quality of our work. The following three reasons seem to be the most common complaints consumers have when working with drywall repair companies:

 

  • Lack of communication. The top complaint you’ll see on Yelp is a lack of communication between the contractor and the customer. Beyond high quality materials, communication is the most important part of any drywall repair job. You should work with a contractor who sets clear expectations about budget and timeline and keeps you informed along every step of the way.
  • Scheduling issues. Sometimes it can be difficult to set up your schedule so you can meet with your drywall team as necessary, and your drywall repair contractor should understand that. However, if your chosen company has to reschedule appointments multiple times, you might want to search for someone else. Outside of emergencies, there’s no reason for your team to cancel with you.
  • Poor customer service. The third most common complaint is overall poor customer service, which covers the first two points. In general, your drywall repair company should treat you with respect and display professionalism from start to finish. You should be able to get a feeling for a company’s work ethic within your first meeting.

 

A company that has repeat customers and lots of customer referrals is probably a good choice for your project. Look for reviews that discuss your selected company’s promptness, professionalism, and ease of communication. New Ceilings is a great place to start. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call us at 407-378-6040.

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 to Make Your House a Home for Life

drywall installation orlando make your home a home for lifeYour house isn’t only the setting for your present; it should also be the scene of your future, a place where you and your family can grow and thrive for years to come. Even if you’re perfectly comfortable in your home at the present, you may find it lacking in conveniences as the years go by. As we age, certain everyday tasks become difficult or impossible to do without assistance. But there are measures you can take now to prepare for your future.

The team at New Ceilings wants you to love your home and thrive in it for years to come. According to the AARP, here are a few ways you can make your home accessible for the future:

  • Widen the doorways. Lack of mobility is the most common disability in Americans aged 65 and over. As of 2014, over 10 million Americans reported using wheeled transportation devices (wheelchairs) on a daily basis. Wheelchairs usually need at least 36” clearance to pass through a doorway.
  • Install handrails on both sides of the staircase. Stairs can pose a particular challenge for adults over 65. Make sure your stairs have handrails on either side to help you keep your balance as you climb. You might need to install handles in the bathrooms, as well.
  • Make sure there’s adequate lighting. Vision tends to decline with age, as well. What serves as good lighting for you now might not cut it in 10 years or so. Make sure your house is bright and well-lit throughout, especially in places like bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Install cabinets that can be reached from lower heights. Even if you don’t need a wheelchair for mobility, reaching can become troublesome later in life. Install kitchen and bathroom cabinets that aren’t too much of a struggle to reach, perhaps just higher than eye level.

Making your house a home for life isn’t a difficult task with the right planning and the help of the right team. As you make lifetime improvements around your home, work with the drywall installation team you can trust in Orlando. Call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

3 Reasons Why You Should Take a Home Maintenance Class

orlando drywall repair take a home improvement courseWhen it comes to big jobs like drywall repair, roof replacement, or constructing an addition on your home, most people adopt the policy to leave it to the professionals – and they’re not wrong. Calling on a professional when your home is in need of repairs or maintenance is a good way to save on time and make sure the job gets done right the first time. However, it’s still a good idea for homeowners to have a good working knowledge of their homes.

The Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings wants to encourage every homeowner to take a home maintenance course, or at least to watch a few YouTube videos on basic home repair skills in your free time. Here are 3 good reasons why:

  • You’ll be able to control the conversation. Many homeowners dread the day when they have to hire a home repair contractor because they get lost in the conversation. When you have a basic knowledge foundation when it comes to your home repair procedures, you’ll be able to actively participate in the conversation and ensure your selected contractor is taking the right measures for you and your home.
  • You can patch up an issue to tide you over until the big repair. We’ve mentioned before that any serious drywall repair should be left to the professionals. But if you’ve got a serious situation on your hands, depending on the type of issue, it might be helpful to do a quick emergency patch while you wait for help to arrive. Knowing your stuff about home improvement is a good way to make sure you take the proper first steps when an emergency arises.
  • You’ll be able to note small problems before they turn into big ones. Familiarizing yourself with common household issues is the best way to get acclimated with the warning signs of major trouble. You’ll probably find that you have greater attention to detail as you get more comfortable with all the inner workings of your home.

You don’t have to change your life course and become a home repair professional to keep your home in good working order, but a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to keeping your family safe and happy. If you’re ready to talk with the pros about your upcoming Orlando drywall repair project, get in touch with the team at New Ceilings. Call 407-378-6040 to learn more today.

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