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Dear Angie: Who can I hire to remove a popcorn ceiling? How is it done and what will it cost? — Jonathan H. of Woodland Hills, California, and Marcia E. of Altamonte Springs, Florida
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I've used wall liner (it applies like wallpaper only thicker) to cover a multitude of "wall sins" over the years. In my opinion it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. It doesn't look cheap or tacky, it's inexpensive, non-labor intensive and not messy to install.
I used it for the first time about 15 years ago to cover a faux brick tile on my lower kitchen walls that couldn't be removed. It was either tear the wall down or take a chance on $40 worth of wall liner. It did the job beautifully and lasted. Since then I've used it to cover paneling, a badly gouged wall after a kitchen remodel and a wall that looked like a pegboard after floor to ceiling shelving was removed.
Friends and family (and realtors!) have been amazed by the transformation after applying this simple inexpensive product.
Remember, you not only have to remove the popcorn texture, but also redo the ceiling in some other texture.
Price will depend on several factors:
1) how much the contractor you choose hates removing popcorn or textured ceilings - some charge $1 or so/SF extra just because they hate it. There are even some who bid total drywall replacement cheaper than removing the popcorn, so you have to first find contractors who are happy to do that work, or your prices will be out of the realistic range
2) if the popcorn predates about 1990, then it could likely have asbestos in it, which doubles or triples the price, and in many cases uncapsulating it with a spray coating and then removing the drywall entirely is actually cheaper than all the protective measures necessary if it is scraped off.
3) whether the popcorn is primarily gypsum and vermiculite (comes off REAL easy) or was the plaster of paris variety, which takes a fair amount of soaking to soften it enough to scrape off
4) what type of finish you are replacing it with - if a textured ceiling, slapcoat, knockdown finish or paneling, not real problem. If you want to go with a perfectly smooth ceiling (generally a bad idea as any variations in the drywall on a ceiling surface really shows up dramatically), then it will demand a lot of care in preparing the scraped surface, and a complete surface drywall compound skim coat to smooth out the scrapes and gouges from the removal process.
5) what underlying conditions are - if there is a lot of furniture to move around (should go to adjacent rooms) or cover and work around, high-quality rug or hardwood floor to super-protect or such, will drive cost up.
I have seen costs run from as low as $0.60/SF to $1.25/SF (for removal only). Generally, remove and recoat with a surface texture of some kind (anything but smooth) and paint will run you about $2.50-3.50/SF.
Now the bad news - if asbestos containing, can run from $5-10/SF. Many homeowners in that situation go the other legal route - have it encapsulated with an asbestos-rated sealant by an asbestos contractor, then paint it and leave it for the next homeowner to decide what to do about it. Some contractors encapsulate it and then put a 1/4" thick drywall layer over it - this usually looks like a disaster unless it has a VERY rough textured finish on it, because putting drywall sheet over a rough surface like popcorn invariably means a wavy surface commonly looks like a gently rolling ocean surface.
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One of the most impressive things with his crew was they were punctual and very clean. I appreciated them putting drop clothes throughout the house whereever they would be walking. And they always finished the day by vacuuming any place they stepped.
If we ever did have a concern (wrong tub drain put in) he was very quick to change it without a problem.
We truelly appreciated their professionalism, accurate pricing and attention to detail.
The demo went well and on-time. They then had to install framing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. They sub-contract the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. No issues there. The rest of the project progressed on time. I purchased the fixtures and appliances on-line saving some money there. The walls went up, sheet-rock in, and painting done with no issues.
My only complaint with the project revolved around a change to the plans that rippled through the project until the end. The contractor recommended that we fur-out the brick walls to allow for insulation and wiring. A good suggestion, but those lost inches rippled through the entire project and weren't properly accounted for causing issues and increasing cost. This decision was made with my consent, but I didn't have the foresight to see its impact all the way through. It is this type of insight that I was paying for and I believe the contractor failed me here. The bottom-line is that I believe it is the contractor's responsibility to foresee the impact of changes and decisions as they are the "expert" and counsel the homeowner accordingly.
That being said, I would hire them again. They were professional and prompt when replying to my questions and concerns. I was especially pleased with the on-site foreman, ”
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