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Devlin Drywall Contractors - 5 Reasons You Must Get Your Popcorn Ceiling Removed

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

Popcorn ceiling, also known as textured ceiling, acoustic ceiling, cottage cheese ceiling,

and stucco ceiling, is a type of ceiling finish made of sprayed-on or painted-on styrofoam

polystyrene or drywall compound. The mixture is then allowed to dry, leaving behind a texture

that resembles popcorn. This texture is intended to provide sound insulation and hide any imperfections in the ceiling.

It was popular in North America from the 1950s to the 1980s but has since fallen out of

popularity due to health concerns. This is because they contain asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral

fibre that can cause serious health problems if inhaled. Therefore, anyone who suspects their

ceiling may contain asbestos must have it tested and removed by a professional.

That said, if you do have a popcorn ceiling in your home, here are some great

reasons to get it removed:

1. Health and Allergy Considerations

As mentioned, most older popcorn ceilings contain asbestos fibres, which can cause serious

health issues when disturbed. Removing the popcorn ceiling will reduce the number of asbestos

fibres in your home, creating a safer and healthier environment. Additionally, many people

suffer from allergies to the dust created by popcorn ceilings, and removing them can help

improve the air quality in your home.

2. Improved Home Value

Removing popcorn ceilings can dramatically increase the value of your home. The flat, smooth

ceilings are much more desirable and will make your home look updated and modern. This can

have a positive effect on the market value of your home, as well as the amount of interest

potential buyers have in it.

3. Easier to Paint

Removing popcorn ceilings can make painting much easier. The flat surface will provide a much

smoother canvas for painting, and the paint is much less likely to show any imperfections.

Additionally, painting the walls will be much easier since there is no need to worry about the

texture of the popcorn ceiling interfering with the paint.

4. Improved Lighting

Removing popcorn ceilings can help improve the lighting in your home. The rough texture of the

ceiling absorbs quite a bit of light, leaving your room darker than if the ceiling was flat.

And, of course, since the flat surface does not absorb as much light, more light will be reflected

into the room, making it brighter and more welcoming.

5. Cost Savings

Removing popcorn ceilings can save you money in the long run. The process of removing the

popcorn ceiling is much cheaper than having to repair any damage it may cause in the future.

Additionally, the improved lighting and aesthetic appeal of the flat surface will save you money

in the form of energy bills, as well as potentially increase the market value of your home.


Removing popcorn ceilings can be a great way to improve the look and feel of your home. Not

only does it improve the lighting, but it can also increase the market value of your home and

save you money in the long run. Additionally, it is a relatively quick and easy process that can

be done in a short amount of time. So, what are you waiting for? Hire Devlin Drywall Contractors today

to get your popcorn ceiling dealt with.

We offer professional popcorn removals, texture blending, and renovations,

from Burnaby to Mission and everywhere in between since 2010. If you want popcorn ceiling solutions, reach out to us today!


Apr 24, 2023

Very messy. It can be done with minimal furniture, but dust will make its way around once the poly is removed during clean up, as it sticks to the poly and when the poly is removed it floats around in the air during the clean up.


Kaye Natasha
Kaye Natasha
Apr 24, 2023

Can this be done with furniture still in the room? Is it quite messy?

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