Popcorn ceilings, also known as cottage cheese ceiling or more accurately an acoustic ceiling, is a term for a spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatment used from the late 1950s into the 1980s in American residential construction. It was the standard for bedroom and residential hallway ceilings for its bright, white appearance, noise reduction qualities and ability to hide imperfections, while kitchen and living rooms ceilings would normally be finished in smoother skip-trowel or orange peel texture for their higher durability and ease of cleaning.

Unfortunately, in early formulations it often contained white asbestos fibers. When asbestos was banned in ceiling treatments by the Clean Air Act of 1978 in the United States, popcorn ceilings fell out of favor in much of the country. However, in order to minimize economic hardship to suppliers and installers, existing inventories of asbestos-bearing texturing materials were exempt from the ban, so it is possible to find asbestos in popcorn ceilings that were applied through the 1980s. After the ban, popcorn ceiling materials were created using a paper-based or Styrofoam product to create the texture, rather than asbestos. Textured ceilings remain especially common in residential construction the Upper Midwest of the United States.

Our 8 Step Texture Removal Process

  1. Asbestos Testing

    In older homes, asbestos can be a serious problem, especially for small children or older adults. If your home constructed before 1977, it is always a good idea to test for asbestos before any ceiling surface is disturbed. Contact CEI Lab in Cary NC.

  2. Electrical Check

    Before any ceiling work is done, all surrounding electrical circuits will be evaluated and turned off.

  3. Floor and Furniture Covered

    Any and all surfaces directly below the work area will be covered by plastic sheeting or drop cloths. This helps to protect your home and makes for an easier clean up.

  4. Ceiling Hydration

    The ceiling will be preped with a hydrating solution. This serves two purposes.

        Cuts down on free airborn drywall dust.
        Loosens the textured surface for removal.

  5. Texture Removal

    Our team of professionals begin the texture removal process.

  6. Float Joints

    The texture removal process typically reveals flaws in the drywall itself. If this is the case with your home, we will re-skim / float a layer of drywall mud on the ceiling to insure a proper / smooth finish.

  7. Sanding

    The ceiling will be sanded to a smooth finish. You will be left with a ready to paint surface.

  8. Clean Up

    The job isn't complete until your home has been returned to the state it was in before we arrived. Proper clean up is the hallmark of a true professional.