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Cost to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

Cost to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

According to paint experts, the cost of removing a popcorn ceiling ranges from $1,923 to $3,876 with an average price of $2,899 to hire a professional. The average square foot cost to remove the popcorn ceiling ranges from $5 to $9 per square foot.

This includes all labor, prep work and materials needed to do the job properly. Undoubtedly, the intense workload required will account for most of the costs you will pay. If asbestos is present, budget between $50 and $150 per square foot for a certified contractor to remove it properly. Indeed, the easiest way to save money when hiring a painter to remove your popcorn ceiling is to move all the furniture out of the room. This way, you will save time moving the sofa or table around the room. Not to mention the extra work that includes drop cloth items or plastic sheets. Plus, you'll save the effort of covering the floor with plastic or paper that's fixed with painter's tape. Bonus points if you remove the ceiling fan and front light.

Steps to Remove Popcorn Ceiling (Diy)

Here's the step-by-step procedure for removing the popcorn lid yourself. Again, if you have an older home and are at risk for asbestos, please seek out an EPA-certified contractor to remove it safely.

  1. Before you start scraping the ceiling, remove all ceiling-mounted lighting and ceiling fans. You should also use a circuit breaker to turn off all power in the room beforehand.

  2. Purchase safety supplies and equipment at a Home Depot or a nearby Lowes hardware store.

  3. Cover all furniture and floors in the workspace or room with plastic, fabric, or paper covers. Scrape texture from spilled popcorn with warm water in a spray bottle and scraper.

  4. Try a dry shave first, then a wet shave if necessary. Coat with a drywall trowel to ensure a smooth surface with no grooves. Apply orange peel or desired texture.

  5. Sand the surface and apply additional coats of putty as needed for a smooth ceiling. Apply one coat of stain-resistant ceiling primer and two coats of interior paint.

Additional costs and considerations

The cost of removing and replacing the popcorn ceiling with new texture or paint can affect the overall price of the project. Much of the final amount depends on the presence of asbestos and the contractor's need to repair related damage.

Remove Asbestos

Not all states require professional asbestos disposal, but the project becomes more complex and expensive for those who do. While the cost of finishing touches will remain the same, such as painting or applying a new texture to the ceiling, moving costs will increase. If the structure requires a special removal process, you will be charged an additional $3 to $7 per square foot.

Additional Work

Very few home improvement projects go from start to finish without surprises. When it comes to getting rid of popcorn lids, the old texture can hide a host of problems. This may include discovering that the original drywall sheets have never been glued or discovering leaks that need to be repaired before a new ceiling can be completed. In any case, additional work means additional costs.

Popcorn cap removal cost factors

The cost of removing a popcorn ceiling can vary depending on a number of factors. Here are some key cost factors to consider:

  • Ceiling size: The size of the ceiling plays an important role in determining the cost. Larger ceilings will require more time, labor and materials, which can increase total costs.

  • Accessibility: The accessibility of the ceiling affects the cost of removal. If the ceiling is easily accessible and does not require additional equipment or scaffolding, costs can be lower. However, if the ceiling is in a high or hard to reach area, specialized equipment or additional labor may be required, resulting in higher costs.

  • Asbestos testing and mitigation: Popcorn ceilings installed before the 1980s may contain asbestos, a hazardous material. Prior to removal, it is essential to inspect the ceiling for asbestos. If asbestos is present, professional mitigation may be required, which can significantly increase costs due to specialized handling and safety procedures.

  • Ceiling Condition: The condition of the ceiling can affect the cost. If the texture of the popcorn is in good condition and firmly adhered to the ceiling, removal can be relatively straightforward. However, if the ceiling is waterlogged, cracked, or in poor condition, additional repair or preparation may be required, resulting in increased costs.

  • Additional Repair: Removing the popcorn ceiling can reveal potential problems such as cracks, blemishes, or uneven surfaces. If additional repairs or preparations, such as patching, filling or sanding are required, to achieve a smooth finish, this can add to the overall cost.

  • Professional labor and materials: Costs will also depend on labor rates in your area and the specific contractor you hire. Professional contractors can charge for the ceiling area or set a fixed price for the entire building. In addition, the cost will include the necessary materials, such as plastic panels, protective coatings and new ceiling finishes.

  • Cleanup and Disposal: Proper disposal of discarded popcorn ceiling materials and cleaning of the work area should be factored in. Contractors may include these services in their rates or charge them separately.

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