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Chicago Apartment Popcorn Ceiling Removal

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Textured ceilings were popular in old apartments as they helped to reduce echo and absorb sound. Contractors used them to cover their construction flaws. Acoustic ceilings are no longer fashionable. However, it is quite common to bump into popcorn ceiling apartments in Aurora, Will County and other areas of Chicago. 

People are reluctant to remove the old acoustic ceiling on their apartments because the ceiling is quite difficult to remove. While it may seem economical to remove the popcorn ceiling by yourself, it is best if you let experts in our company perform that task for you. Dial (773) 839 3944 now to know more about safe textured ceiling removal.

Do you know the composition of your ceiling?

For successful apartment popcorn ceiling removal, you have to understand a few things. First, you need to know what constitutes the popcorn ceiling. Basically, the rough surface was installed with a paint-on or spray-on ceiling treatment. Cottage cheese ceiling, on the other hand, was installed with a Styrofoam or a paper-based product.

Before the 70s, the stipple ceiling contained asbestos. Removing this type of ceiling without specialized equipment can pose a health hazard to the occupants of the apartment. 

Regardless of the material used on the ceiling, removing the rough surface has proved to be a complex process especially for people without professional equipment and skills like us. Therefore, we would advise you to hire Chicago Popcorn Ceiling Removal Company to remove handle the ceiling for you.

Testing for asbestos

The only way to know whether your apartment ceiling contains asbestos is to test for asbestos. Scoop a sample and send it to our asbestos removal companies for testing.

Be careful when scooping a sample of the asbestos ceiling. It is advisable to wear a gas mask and plastic gloves when getting into contact with the ceiling. Spray a portion of the ceiling with soapy water to make it dump for easier removal of a sample. When the ceiling has absorbed the water, scrap a portion with a sharp knife and place it in a glass jar.

Send the sample of your ceiling to us and our experts will analyze it using specialized equipment to find out if it contains asbestos. You can expect the results in three to five business days.

The process of removing asbestos ceiling

There are multiple steps involved when removing a textured ceiling. 

  • Prepare the room by removing fixtures and light switches
  • Cover the floor as well as the furniture in that room to protect them from dust and residue
  • If the popcorn ceiling is unpainted, spray with water or a water-based solution to dissolve the textured ceiling
  • A painted ceiling will require additional work from our experts. The professionals from Chicago Popcorn Ceiling Removal will further prep the surface after removing the textured ceiling to prepare it for painting
  • After removing the asbestos ceiling, the substrate will be fully-filled, providing a flat surface ready for painting

Benefits of apartment popcorn ceiling removal

You may be wondering why you should go through all that stress to get rid of the textured ceiling. Well, a new stretch ceiling will give your house a modern look. After the old ceiling is gone, you will love the new style of your ceiling. Old ceilings start to yellow when they absorb water and get older. From an aesthetic view, this doesn’t look appealing. Instead of painting the popcorn ceiling over and over again, it would be much better if you remove it.

It is advisable to remove the old asbestos ceiling before selling your house. Most buyers shy away when they know they will incur more costs in renovating the ceiling. 

Contact us today!

If you have an old apartment ceiling that you want to get rid of, call us on (773) 839 3944 or call our office in the entire Chicago area including Cook County, Aurora, Naperville, and Will County to get a free estimate. Our friendly staff will guide you accordingly.