Popcorn Ceiling: Pros and Cons Popcorn Ceiling: Pros and Cons

A popcorn ceiling, also called an acoustic ceiling, is a special type of ceiling treatment which is either painted or sprayed on. Popular during the 1980s, it has recently regained favor. The appearance of popcorn ceilings resembles cottage cheese. The old forms of this ceiling contained dangerous asbestos, but newer asbestos-free models offer the same noise reduction properties.


There are many advantages to using popcorn ceiling. Perhaps the biggest advantage is that it can hide many imperfections in your ceiling. A flat non-textured finish can look nice, but preparing and completing it can be very difficult.

This type of ceiling treatment was extremely popular with new build properties in the past because it was so easy and cheap to install . It was much cheaper than painting the ceiling because the solution could simply be sprayed. Popcorn ceiling also offers noise dampening qualities due to the increased surface area. Popcorn ceilings can cover up virtually any imperfection in your ceilings, including leaks, damage, cracks and just poor workmanship.


There are also some disadvantages to using popcorn ceiling. It's a very heavy texture which can mean that it's very difficult to paint. This may be worth considering as you will need to redecorate at some point in the future.

Another major disadvantage with popcorn ceilings is that repairing them can be very difficult. If they ever get damaged, or if you ever have a leak, this can make any repair very difficult. While there are plenty of products that can repair these types of ceilings, it will never actually be the same. The whole ceiling would need to be redone from scratch to repair it completely.

The surface of a popcorn ceiling is very rough and this can make cleaning the ceiling very difficult. For that reason, the ceiling treatment is not really suitable for use in bathrooms and kitchens. In these rooms, use much smoother types of ceilings and paints.

Older types of popcorn ceiling contained asbestos, which is deadly. Although modern types do not contain this, it's important to check any ceilings that were installed before 1977, when asbestos was banned. If you do have any asbestos in your home, you should have it removed by a professional as soon as possible.

Popcorn ceilings are an attractive ceiling covering option if you have damaged ceilings and don't mind spending more time cleaning them.

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