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. They were functional, less expensive, easier to put up than other ceiling options, and hid many imperfections. Like carpet, they also helped 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 safer materials. However, most homes built before that time still contained dangerous materials. And believe it or not, many homes of today still have these ceilings.
Popcorn Ceilings Today
Popcorn ceilings are rarely used in new builds because of their negative reputation and how they reflect light in a room. Over the years, they have been considered outdated and can decrease your home value.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. Popular ceiling designs are smooth, have modern ceiling textures, and incorporate various panelings.
Aaron’s Painting and Remodeling can help you safely remove the popcorn ceiling in your home. We are committed to bringing comfort, style and efficiency to your home at a fair price. With more than a decade of experience, we look forward to bringing our expertise to your home.
Contact us today at (913) 730-3990 to get your free estimate.