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Popcorn Ceiling Removal: Costs And Other Factors To Consider

Every person has to deal with home renovation at least once in their lifetime. Usually, it's a positive event, considering that you can adjust your home space according to your tastes. In many cases, this process includes changing the ceiling design to something more modern. This is especially important if you have the so-called popcorn ceiling.

A popcorn ceiling (textured or acoustic ceiling) is a bumpy or stippled surface that looks like popcorn. It was common in the mid-20th century because it could conceal imperfections and dampen sound, but it's definitely outdated today. That's where we can help: Renovated-Home offers reasonable prices for popcorn ceiling removal.

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Why Remove Popcorn Ceilings?

As we mentioned, these ceilings are truly outdated, and most homeowners want something more modern and safe. Yes, safety is a deciding factor, considering that popcorn ceilings accumulate dust and can cause allergies. What's even worse, popcorn ceilings might contain asbestos, which is notorious for being extremely dangerous.​

 

However, there are also a few aesthetic factors. For example, replacing the popcorn design with smooth ceilings can create a brighter and more spacious environment. Smooth surfaces reflect more light, giving the illusion of a larger space. This also simplifies painting and decorating tasks.​

Additionally, popcorn ceilings can make a home seem outdated, so removing them can increase the property's value.
 

Factors Affecting Popcorn Ceiling Removal Costs

Several major factors influence the popcorn ceiling removal costs. These include the area size, specifically the square footage of the ceiling, the height and accessibility, and furniture that may increase the project's difficulty. Thus, we explain these factors below. 

Area Size

It's the major factor that affects the price tag, as bigger areas require more materials, equipment, and work. Removing popcorn ceilings from smaller areas, like single rooms, is less expensive than from larger spaces. Smaller areas require less time and effort, so the costs are lower.

Typically, our pricing is based on square footage because it simplifies calculating the project cost. Therefore, if you have a larger area with popcorn ceilings, you will pay more for the removal process. 

Ceiling Height and Accessibility

Ceilings above a certain height require additional equipment and safety measures. Obviously, these "extras" come at a higher cost. Additionally, you may have to pay more if accessing the area is difficult, as the entire project needs more labor and preparation.

The presence of ceiling material type and fixtures can impact the complexity of the removal process. Moreover, if the area needs thorough preparation or protective measures like covering floors and walls, it can increase the total cost. You may complete the task of covering the work area to reduce the cost, but it's best to contact our managers for a more precise calculation.

Furniture

When there is a significant amount of furniture in the room where the ceiling needs to be removed, it can make it harder for our employees to work efficiently. They may need to move or cover the furniture to protect it from dust and debris during the removal process. The additional effort of moving or covering furniture can increase the overall cost of the project.

You can try clearing out the room as much as possible before our employees arrive to reduce expenses. Moving smaller items to another room and covering larger pieces with plastic sheets or tarps can help protect the furniture and make it easier for us to access the ceiling.

Preparing the space in advance can reduce the amount of work we need to do. Thus, you may potentially save money on the popcorn ceiling removal.

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Average Costs At Renovated-Home

The cost to remove popcorn ceiling depends on the property type, its peculiarities, and the factors we've already described. Here's a table with the average costs of the entire work, depending on the property:

Condo apartments usually require less work, and the average size is smaller, so the price can be up to $6,500 for the entire job. Houses often require more preparation, and the sheer size also affects the cost.

Based on this table, let's explain how we calculate prices for projects:

  • The minimum price is $1,600 per project, as shown in the table.

  • The costs start from around $4.5-$5 per square foot. However, it increases depending on necessary preparation, the ceiling height, and other peculiarities. 

  • The cost may increase if the ceiling isn't standard or other difficulties exist.

We can offer more precise calculations if you contact us and provide crucial data. You can also check out some examples below. These are based on the projects that we've fulfilled in Toronto.

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Examples Of Cost Calculations For Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Now, let's see a few examples that can serve as a popcorn ceiling removal cost calculator. Here's the first request with peculiarities:

So, in this case, the cost will be around 2,500, but this calculation doesn't include factors like ceiling height, furniture, and other peculiarities.

Now, assuming you own a bigger property, so here's another example:

Again, final calculations depend on the exact square footage of the ceiling, its peculiarities, height, furniture, etc. Additionally, we sometimes get popcorn ceiling removal requests for a single room only. Usually, the costs are minimal, around $1,600.

The simplest way to determine approximately how much it'll cost is by calculating the number of rooms where you want to require popcorn ceiling removal. Add minimal costs (per room) for the type of property you own to get an estimate of what to expect. Contact our managers in Toronto or Ontario to get more precise calculations. 

Professional Popcorn Ceiling Removal At Renovated-Home

The removal popcorn ceiling service isn't a simple task and may be dangerous without proper equipment and protection measures. Even if the material doesn't contain asbestos, it's still harmful to breathe in the dust that occurs during the removal process.

That's why you should consider popcorn ceiling removal Toronto by Renovated-Home. We have years of experience removing popcorn ceilings within a minimum amount of time so that our clients don't have to wait for too long. After that, you may finally have a chance to experiment with other designs, like tray or coffered ceilings. Or leave smooth surfaces and enjoy the minimalistic style favored by many people today.

We have a transparent fee structure for our clients, and you may request additional explanations of what's included in the price. We provide reasonable prices and guarantee the quality of our removal popcorn ceiling work.

We provide our clients with a free estimate so you know exactly what to expect price-wise. Call our manager or use the application form on our website to book an appointment. We will agree upon a visit for an estimation. 

Once we agree upon the project's price, we begin the preparation, which includes covering all the surfaces to prevent damage. The next step is removing the popcorn decor and smoothing the surface as a final touch. Additionally, we clean up any dust and dirt, leaving you with a clean area.

 

Don't hesitate and contact us to gain more information.

  • Can I remove the popcorn ceiling myself to save on costs?
    Although you can remove popcorn ceilings yourself, it's usually not advised because of the health risks from asbestos exposure and the complicated removal process. Hiring professionals ensures safe and thorough removal. This option saves you, your loved ones, and your pets from health risks. Additionally, you won't have to pay twice (for the DIY project and then for the proper removal).
  • How long does popcorn ceiling removal typically take?
    The time needed for popcorn ceiling removal varies based on factors like the area's size, ceiling height, and accessibility. Generally, it can take professionals from a few days to a week to complete the removal process. The process also includes testing, abatement (if needed), and refinishing.
  • Will popcorn ceiling removal affect home value in any way?
    Typically, it does, but positively. As mentioned, a popcorn ceiling might contain asbestos, so getting rid of it could increase the price of the house. Additionally, it's considered outdated so a different solution can increase the home price. Moreover, this design is messy, and particles often drop to the floor and other surfaces, which can dispel potential buyers.
  • Do I need to vacate my home during popcorn ceiling removal?
    Although you don't always need to leave your home during popcorn ceiling removal, it's important to reduce exposure to dust and potential asbestos fibers for safety. Professional contractors use protection to guarantee they don't breathe in asbestos or small particles. You can consider moving to a different part of your home, as the workers will protect the residents and ensure a safe removal process.

Popcorn Ceiling Removal Process

Embark on the transformative path to sleek, modern ceilings with our comprehensive popcorn removal process. We start with an in-depth evaluation of your space to develop a tailored strategy that ensures the seamless elimination of the popcorn texture. Our skilled professionals employ the latest tools and methods, meticulously removing the dated stucco while prioritizing the cleanliness and integrity of your home. With precision and care, your ceilings are prepared for a smooth, fresh finish that enhances your room's ambiance. Begin with us - your first steps towards a more contemporary home is with the experts at Renovated-Home.

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Once reserved, you can rest assured that our dedicated team is set to bring their craftsmanship to your doorstep.

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Covering walls, floors and furniture before removing popcorn ceiling

Prep Work

 We meticulously cover and secure your walls, floors, and furniture, creating a safeguarded work environment.

Removing of popcorn ceiling by our professionals using dustless method.

Removing Popcorn Ceiling

Our process is thorough, efficient, and designed to minimize mess, leaving you with a sleek, modern look that enhances your room's ambiance.

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The image captures the transformation textured ceiling into creating a smooth ceiling.

Final Touch

After the initial renovation steps, we perfect your space with our Level 5 Finish Plastering, delivering an impeccably smooth surface. Precision sanding follows, ensuring every inch is ready for the grand finale. The process culminates with a fresh coat of ceiling paint.

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clean up after stucco removal

Clean Up

Once the stucco removal is complete and the ceiling's new coat of paint is dry, our team steps back into action. We carefully remove all protective coverings, ensuring no trace of the renovation journey is left behind. With precision, we vacuuming and wiping, transforming your space back to its original glory.

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