The Changing Tides Of Design: Popcorn Ceilings’ Ups And Downs

Popcorn ceilings have earned a bad reputation over the years. But believe it or not, there was a time when they were very popular and functional for homes and larger buildings. 

Read on to learn more about their history, reputation today and how they can impact your home value. 

A brief history

Named for their bumpy-like appearance, popcorn ceilings were a popular design feature from the 1950s to the early 1990s. These ceilings were popular because they were functional. They were less expensive, easier to put up than other ceiling options and hid many imperfections. Like carpet, they also helped to dampen sound, making them popular in apartment buildings and schools. 

Unfortunately, the main ingredient in the popcorn ceiling was asbestos, a natural mineral and carcinogen which can cause serious health issues such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. 

When asbestos was banned in the U.S. under the Clean Air Act in the late 1970s, manufacturers switched to other safer materials. However, most homes built during the popularity of popcorn ceilings were left with the materials. And many homes still have these ceilings today. 

Popcorn ceilings today

Popcorn ceilings are rarely used in new builds today. Because of their negative reputation over the years, they are considered outdated and can decrease your home value. 

While popcorn ceilings are not a health risk if left alone, many homeowners choose to safely remove them for resale value or for a more updated look. This includes ceiling designs that are smooth, have modern ceiling textures or incorporate various panelings. 

Aaron’s Painting and Remodeling can help you safely remove the popcorn ceiling in your home. Our exceptional construction services are guaranteed to bring comfort, style and efficiency to your home.

Contact us today at (913) 730-3990 to get your free estimate. 

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