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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.

What’s the Difference Between All the Review Sites?

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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.

Sifting Through Yelp Reviews to Find the Right Popcorn Removal Team

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

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

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

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

Everything You Need to Know About Popcorn Removal

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

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

Why Popcorn Popped Off

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

Why You Should Remove Your Popcorn

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

They lower your property value

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

They make your allergies worse

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

They dampen natural light

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

What You Should Expect From Your Removal Team

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

In-person estimate

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

Skilled work and attention to detail

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

Working with New Ceilings

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

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

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.

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