Popcorn ceiling removal costs $1 to $2 per square foot for removal only or $2 to $6 per square foot for removal with new texture and paint. The average removal job costs $2,000 to $9,000. Popcorn ceilings were popular at one time but now make homes look outdated. This ceiling style also catches dust and cobwebs.
Popcorn ceilings installed before 1986 may contain asbestos, which is toxic and must be disposed of properly:
Once you have the popcorn material removed, you’ll need to refinish the ceiling, which includes adding texture or smoothing the ceiling and adding paint. The total cost to remove popcorn, texture the substrate, and paint is $3 to $6 per square foot.
Removing a popcorn ceiling increases home value in most cases because it makes the home appear more modern and less outdated. Although removal is a messy job, it's especially worth it when the ceiling is made with asbestos.
Removing popcorn ceiling takes 1 to 5 days on average, depending on the ceiling size. The removal process includes:
Some popcorn removal professionals have vacuums or bags attached to their devices to contain residue and minimize messes.
If you have an older home made between the 1920s and 1980s, your popcorn ceiling could be made with asbestos, which is a known carcinogen and can cause lung cancer if not handled properly. Have your ceiling tested to see if it contains asbestos. If the test is positive, you will need a professional who does remodeling and asbestos abatement to remove it.
Removing popcorn ceiling is an incredibly messy process and is not for the faint of heart. While it’s possible to do it yourself, hiring a professional to do it for you and clean up the mess afterward is easier and much more time effective.
If you decide to remove it yourself, make sure there is no asbestos in the ceiling before starting the project.
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