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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 Popcorn ceilings simply show that a house is a little outdated, and homebuyers want to look for something more contemporary within their budgets.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.

Looking for the Best Popcorn Contractor in Your Area? Be Sure to Check Your Sources

When your home needs repairs, it goes without saying that you want the best team possible to complete the job. Many contractor review sites, like Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, and Thumbtack offer Top Ten lists of the best popcorn removal contractors in Orlando in an effort to connect you with the right team. But before you select the #1 ranked company on your chosen review site, you might want to double check your sources.

Paying for Top Spots

Most review sites allow business partners to pay for a membership to receive specific benefits. For sites like HomeAdvisor, these benefits include boosted rankings in their search results, getting their names in front of researchers first. So, while that profile you’re viewing is listed as a trusted partner, that might not mean much more than that they were willing to shell out a few extra dollars for a membership.

Not Many Ratings

It’s also a good idea to check how many ratings those five-star companies have. A company with one five-star review will come up before a company with 50 reviews averaging at 4.5 stars. Maybe the company is brand new, or is just getting their online presence set up – it happens! Just be sure to dig a little deeper before selecting the #1 company on the list.

How to Find the Real Winners

Without a doubt, sites like HomeAdvisor can be valuable tools in your search for the right popcorn removal contractor for your job – we just want to encourage you to use a variety of sources. The best way to tell if a company does a good job is to see it in person, so keep an eye on your friends’ and neighbors’ homes when they get repairs. Always make sure you speak to a member of the company and get a walkthrough in person. For more information on quality popcorn removal, check out our blog on finding the right contractors for your project. To schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

3 Ways to Hide Your Popcorn Ceiling

orlando ceiling texturing ways to cover popcornYour ceiling’s ability to change the whole mood of the room is drastically underplayed. Smooth, blemish-free ceilings give any room a modern update; tray or coffered ceilings give you visual appeal and the ability to think creatively with lighting; paneled ceilings offer an easy elegant alternative to your typical drywall. Popcorn ceilings, on the other hand, just make your room seem outdated.

If you’re not quite ready to have your popcorn ceilings removed, there’s always the option of disguising them! From the Orlando ceiling texturing team at New Ceilings, here are 3 clever ways to cover up your popcorn ceiling:

 

  • Cover it up with drywall. Many homeowners choose to cover their popcorn ceilings with a layer of drywall. This is a genius idea, as it usually lowers the ceiling by less than an inch, and it eliminates the possibility of asbestos fibers being knocked loose. You will still need to texture the drywall once it’s installed, but you can finally opt for the texture you really want!
  • Layer on the paneling. Whether you choose wood or beadboard, paneling can give your home a breezy, always-summertime look. Choose a material and paint or stain that will match the mood of the room and be sure to apply it in the direction of the flow of the room, if possible.
  • Apply decorative tiles. Newer to the scene are decorative acoustic tiles, which come in a huge variety of designs, colors, and materials. These tiles can help dampen sound – hence the name – making them great for the living room or another high-traffic area. Typically, these tiles are easy to install and easy to change up, if you want to try something new.

 

Really, the best way to deal with the look of your popcorn ceilings is to get rid of them completely. What’s keeping you from scheduling your appointment? If you want to learn more, get in touch with the ceiling texturing team at New Ceilings. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 today to schedule your free consultation.

Prepping Your Home for Your Popcorn Removal

popcorn removal team preparing for your projectYour popcorn removal project is quickly approaching, and we bet you’re excited to give your home a brand new, modern look! If you’ve been keeping up on our blogs, you know that popcorn removal brings along even more benefits beyond the aesthetic upgrade. While your selected team has all the tools they need to complete your job quickly and efficiently, it’s a good idea to prepare your home ahead of time so you can help make headway.

The popcorn removal team at New Ceilings knows that popcorn dust gets everywhere – even the places you’d least expect. Here are 3 steps you can take to make sure your popcorn removal project is mess-free:

 

  • If you can, remove all furniture from the room. The best way to keep your furniture protected is to move it as far away from the project site as possible. We know there are some instances when this isn’t possible, so if the furniture has to stay where it is, be sure you wrap it tightly in protective plastic sheets – popcorn dust can make its way in any little gap or opening!
  • Take care of your lighting and ceiling fixtures. As your contractors will be working on the ceiling, you’ll want to make sure you take down any ceiling fans and other hardware up there. If you have recessed lights, you’ll want to cover them with cloth or wads of paper to protect them from the water spray.
  • Cover your walls and floors and try to contain the mess. Keeping your project mess contained to one area isn’t difficult with the help of a great deal of plastic covering! If your room is carpeted, take extra care to cover them up, as the popcorn dust can work its way into the nap. You’ll also want to try and block dust from floating to other rooms, so block off your doorways.

 

Before you have your popcorn removal appointment, your selected team should be able to let you know what kind of preparatory procedures you need to take. After everything is done, they’ll be able to clean up and properly dispose of the old texture. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

3 People Who Will Benefit from Popcorn Removal in Your Home

3 people who will benefit from removing popcorn ceilingsStill on the fence about removing your popcorn ceilings? We understand! For most homeowners, popcorn ceilings are nothing more than a cosmetic issue, putting them at the bottom of the to-do list compared to other repairs and upgrades. But if we told you that popcorn removal can truly benefit every member of your family, would you reconsider your decision?

Once you experience life without popcorn ceilings, your whole household will wonder why it took you so long to make the decision. Here are 3 people in your family who will benefit big-time from popcorn removal:

 

  • Your Partner, the Allergy Sufferer: It seems like everyone around Central Florida suffers from allergies around this time, but there’s a good chance your indoor air quality is worse than the air quality outside. Popcorn ceilings give dust and pet dander a place to cling, making your home a nightmare for allergy sufferers. We bet you’ll experience a lot fewer sick days once your popcorn ceilings are gone.
  • Your Child, the Student: As a school student, your student probably spends a good chunk of time doing homework each afternoon. Popcorn ceilings absorb more light than flat ceilings do, meaning your student has to rely on artificial light for most of their day. Give their eyes a break and make the room feel more comfortable with a smooth ceiling.
  • You, the Captain of Clean: Like we said, dust tends to cling to popcorn ceilings. You could just try to dust it off, but there’s a good chance you’ll knock down some of the texture with it, leaving you with an eyesore of a ceiling. Not only do smooth ceilings leave less of a stronghold for floating particles, they are also very easy to clean with warm water and a gentle detergent.

 

We love how much a simple popcorn removal project can improve quality of life for the entire household. If you’re ready to experience the change, get in touch with New Ceilings to schedule your free consultation. Call 407-378-6040 to learn more today.

Earth Day Every Day: Going Green in Your Home

eco-friendly drywall repair for your homeJust about every company you encounter today will have a statement about how they’re dedicated to going green and saving the environment. In the same fashion, we’ve seen homeowners install solar panels and trade in their gas guzzlers for hybrids. After all, eco-friendly practices not only save the environment – they also save you money!

Here at New Ceilings, we’re no different, and we like to celebrate Earth Day every day. Are you trying to go green in your home? Here are 3 easy suggestions from your favorite drywall repair team in Orlando:

 

  • Switch out your light bulbs. Our homes are almost constantly lit, which in turn generates heat and requires more work from our air conditioners. Switching from incandescent to CFL light bulbs can reduce your energy consumption by almost 66% and help to keep your home cooler!
  • Pay attention to your paint. Getting ready to repaint your home’s interior? Make sure you choose a low-VOC paint, like Sherwin-Williams’ Harmony line. Limiting VOCs helps protect the atmosphere against volatile compounds. As an added bonus, limiting VOCs inside the home can help keep your family healthier.
  • Keep your drywall in good shape. You read that right! Drywall’s primary function is to protect you and your family by keeping the inside firmly separated from the outside. When your walls are cracked or have holes, you’re putting your air conditioner under a lot of stress and may be allowing interior chemicals to seep outside.

 

Going green really isn’t difficult with a little forethought and planning. When you need to tackle the big issues, it’s best that you get in touch with the professionals for the most cost and time efficiency. Ready to get started on your green home project? Call the drywall repair team in Orlando at New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 to learn more today.

This Summer, Graduate from DIY to Professional Drywall Repair

graduate from diy to pro on your next drywall repair projectThe summer is always a season of new opportunities and expanding horizons, especially for graduates. As you get ready to enter the “real world,” you’re figuring out how to make it on your own and starting to seek out quality over speed when it comes to investing in yourself and your home. So if you’re giving up the old college try, why would you still fall back on that for drywall repair?

This season, whether you’re settling into your first home or you’re a seasoned homeowning veteran, it’s time to set aside the DIY plans in favor of a professional treatment. From your trusted drywall repair specialists at New Ceilings, here are 3 good reasons why:

 

  • You’ve already got a lot on your plate. Drywall repair takes more planning and preparation than you may initially think. Even if you have the right tools, you’ve got to measure your new drywall properly, ensure your patch is flush, protect your electrical and plumbing, if need be, and match your finish – which amounts to a lot! Spare your time for the pressing matters and let the professionals get the job done quickly and easily.
  • The pros have a seasoned eye for detail. Even if you’ve had to do this once or twice before, we can guarantee your patch won’t look as seamless as a professional repair. Avoid any potential eyesores and make sure this repair job will keep your walls looking fresh for years to come.
  • You’ll probably wind up saving money. It’s easier and more affordable to get the job done right the first time. If you do it yourself, you run the risk of needing future repairs and revisions to achieve the perfect even match. Over time, revisions and replacements tend to add up, both in money and in time.

 

Sure, it’s great to make sure you have working knowledge of how to maintain your house, but you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re not hiring a professional drywall repair team. See the difference for yourself when you’re ready for your next drywall repair project. Call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

Drywall Repair for Mother’s Day? We Say Yes!

drywall repair for mothers dayAlthough we firmly believe that mothers should be celebrated every day for their hard work and dedication, Mother’s Day is a special opportunity for us to show our mothers just how much we love and appreciate them. Traditional Mother’s Day fare includes tokens of gratitude like brunch, bouquets, and the like; but this year, we’re giving our moms the gift of professional drywall repair.

Not the most common gift, we know. But we think drywall repair is the perfect way to give your mom a break and take a little stress off of her plate. Here are just a few reasons why:

 

  • You’ll put her mind at ease about your own safety. It’s a lovely gesture to try and knock out mom’s home improvement list on your own, but for something as involved as drywall repair, your mom will probably worry about your safety. Hire a team of professionals to do it and take mom out for a mimosa or two.
  • You’ll take a big chunk out of her to-do list. Motherhood is like one neverending to-do list. It’s almost a miraculous occasion when moms get the rare chance to take a proper break (by that, we mean one that lasts more than 15 minutes!). By finding the right team and scheduling the appointment, you’re giving mom the chance to reset and recharge to take on the world once again.
  • You’ll give her a gift that will last for years. We’re not ragging on bouquets or houseplants – far from it! The only problem with gifts like that is that they get thrown out after about a week. Your professional drywall repair will stand the test of time and give your mom something she can enjoy every day.

 

This Mother’s Day, think outside the box and inside your own home. Professional drywall repair is the perfect gift to thank your mother for all her years of love and care. Ready to get your appointment scheduled? Get in touch with the drywall repair team at New Ceilings to schedule your consultation. Call us at 407-326-9779 to learn more.

3 Remodeling Mistakes that May Cost You

drywall installation orlando 3 expensive remodeling costsThe drywall installation team in Orlando at New Ceilings has been through their fair share of remodeling projects, and we know just how hectic they can be. Especially if you have a number of different contractors throughout the house, it can be difficult to keep everything organized and make sure the project is going smoothly from start to finish. Whether you realize it or not, however, there are a few slip ups along the way that may cost you extra.

Since we’ve been on projects of all sizes and durations, we wanted to let you in on a few expensive mistakes to avoid during your project. Here are 3 hiccups that may wind up being a big burden:

 

  • Stop changing your mind. It can be hard to make your mind up on how you want your home to look for the next decade or so, but making switches after the project begins can cost a great deal in time and money. Do whatever you can to avoid changing your mind after you put the green light on your project or you could face upcharges and scheduling delays.
  • Don’t try to cut costs by buying your own materials. Getting your own building materials rather than going through your contractors may seem like a great way to cut costs, but what you don’t know is that your builders probably already have a relationship with their vendors. Ultimately, you’ll probably wind up paying the same one way or another, so it’s best to let your contractors get the best quality materials for your job.
  • Always have an emergency fund on hand. If you take anything away from this blog, it’s to get your emergency fund stocked up now before you think about getting started. Changes and delays will almost inevitably happen, and it’s important to have extra funding available to keep things running smoothly. We would go so far as to argue that the emergency fund is one of the most important things you can do to prepare!

 

When you sit down with a trustworthy team to get ready for your remodeling project, you’ll be setting yourself up for a stress-free job. To learn more about what awaits you when you remodel your home, get in touch with the drywall installation team in Orlando at New Ceilings. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

Staying Sane While Planning Your Remodeling Project

orlando drywall repair remodeling tips to help you stay saneNo matter how much we love our significant others, we don’t always see eye to eye on how to decorate and organize our homes. This fact is amplified when you throw a remodeling project into the mix – which rooms should you start with? What are your biggest problem areas in the house? How much can you set aside for a budget? Without open communication and patience, remodeling can quickly turn into a disaster.

The Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings wants you to love your home remodel from start to finish. Instead of letting things get out of hand, here are a few tips to help you and your loved ones stay sane while giving your home a facelift:

 

  • Take the time to talk openly before you put details on paper. The biggest issue that couples face during their remodeling projects is feeling like their thoughts are going unheard. Give yourselves the time to do some brainstorming and get all of your ideas and concerns down on paper before you get into the nitty gritty of planning. That way, you’ll be able to incorporate your big ideas into the process.
  • Write out a detailed budget. Any money problems are enough to shake a couple’s foundation, and running out of money during renovation is no exception to that rule. Before you even start looking at contractors, write out a line-item budget for the work you want done and leave plenty of room for emergencies. If you’re not sure you’ll have enough, it might be best to push off your project until you can save up.
  • Remember that life is going to be different for a little while. Depending on the intensity of your remodeling, you may have to stay in a hotel while the project is ongoing, or you may just have certain areas of your house that are temporarily unusable. Make sure you lay out an alternate routine to help you when certain rooms are blocked off – you may have to make coffee in the living room or shower in the guest bathroom, but you can make it work!

 

One of the best ways to eliminate stress during your remodeling project is to work with a team of trustworthy Orlando drywall repair professionals. If you’re ready to get started, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

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