Why Are Popcorn Ceilings So Terrible?



if you're a fan of HGTV like me this might look familiar to you pop corn ceilings these eyesores are staples in many old homes and therefore star in many home renovation shows so why do these ceilings exist where do they come from why are these things seemingly everywhere when everyone finds them just ugly and finally how do we get rid of them to start off popcorn ceilings otherwise known as acoustic ceilings were born out of laziness that's right they were actually considered a budget-friendly shortcut because of this it became widely adopted which is why you could find them in so many old homes today they were especially popular from the 1930s all the way through the 1990s popcorn ceiling texture is a spray this applied to your ceiling it was used to cover up a lot of flaws in the ceiling it was time effective cost efficient and as you may have heard it called before an acoustic ceiling it also served the purpose to absorb sound and reduce noise nowadays the style is simply outdated it's not that the style was ever appealing in the first place new homeowners and renovators are putting popcorn ceilings at the top of their list of what needs to go first really what it's about is hiding any imperfections that might be missing instead of doing a perfectly smooth drywall so inherently these popcorn ceilings are supposed to hide imperfections but really after time they collect dust the craters create shadows and it really ends up being a distraction and a little bit of an eyesore besides homeowners wanting something a little less cottage cheesy there's another big issue facing popcorn ceilings asbestos according to Princeton University's Environmental Health and Safety website asbestos is a generic term used to describe any of six naturally occurring fibrous materials because of its positive qualities such as its strength and heat resistance it was widely used in building construction beginning in the late 1800s it was commonly used for things like fire proofing material for steel beams and columns added to concrete asphalt floor tiles pipes and as a component in mixtures for sprayed on ceilings and walls hmm but if it's good for pretty much everything what's the issue well problems arise when these things are damaged crumbled or in this case when someone tries to remove it the fibers in the asbestos mineral can be harmful when inhaled and lead to serious health risks throughout the 1970s the Environmental Protection Agency began heavily regulating asbestos in different use cases and materials eventually that led to a ban on asbestos containing spray applied servicing materials aka sprayed on popcorn ceilings by the early 1980s most products containing asbestos had been removed from the market in the United States so should you be moving out of your house in a panic if you're living in a place with popcorn ceilings no one left intact and undisturbed these materials do not pose a health risk to people living in it despite the outdated style and wealth asbestos popcorn ceilings still taught many homes throughout the u.s. but if you're looking into buying a new property you're going to want that sucker gone I can't tell you in particular how many homes across the country or the globe have hot bread feelings I can tell you that more than 17,000 of our listings on realtor.com tout no popcorn ceilings or the popcorn ceilings have been removed so it's definitely a point that home sellers are trying to make it's a very clear message to buyers hey we've taken care of it but what if you find a beautiful home and the buzzkill is the popcorn ceiling well Rachel knows something about that too so if you fall in love with a house that has popcorn ceilings don't despair you can get rid of them you can do it yourself and save a little bit of cash but it is a pretty intensive DIY project so more than likely you're gonna want to call it professional and usually the average cost for a popcorn ceiling removal is about one to two dollars per square foot and that doesn't sound like much but it can add up quickly so do the math and figure out what works for you but know that you may end up recouping those costs when you sell down the road the textured ceilings aren't just unsightly to look at their actual upkeep and maintenance is also pretty difficult if you have a popcorn ceiling and you try to patch and repair if you have some type of leak or some other damage and it's really tough to do and try to make it match nowadays home renovators are offering professional and safe services specifically to get rid of popcorn ceilings and many companies are creating DIY tools for removing them like Poppy's for example DIY projects are good for saving some cash but if you're not a professional do some research on how to protect yourself and definitely test for asbestos before getting your hands dirty

30 Comments

  • Cats12kitty cat

    April 15, 2019

    *looks up* oh hey a popcorn ceiling

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  • Flying90

    April 15, 2019

    Now I’m staring at my popcorn ceiling in disgust

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  • Blue the Stikbot

    April 15, 2019

    I have a popcorn ceiling and I enjoy it!

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  • Tris

    April 15, 2019

    My cousin's room had them and a double deck bed…

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  • Balea

    April 15, 2019

    How do you get dust on your ceiling tho

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  • Justin

    April 15, 2019

    Our new house has a popcorn ceiling and this thing was constructed in 2018.

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  • Sarah Schoaf

    April 15, 2019

    Laziness doesn't equal budgeting. Most absurd thing I've ever heard

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  • Samuel Ribeiro

    April 15, 2019

    Why they shitting on popcorn ceiling so much, they aren’t even that bad lmao

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  • CHUNKY CATS FISHING

    April 15, 2019

    $1to $2 a square foot for removal in your dreams 4:50
    Step 1 Cover everything up
    Step 2 Removing popcorn
    Step 3 Skim coat
    Step 4 Skim coat
    Step 5 Sand smooth
    Step 6 Primer
    Step 7 Point up
    Step 8 first coat of paint
    Step 9 Final coat of paint
    Step 10 Cleanup
    Step 11 File for bankruptcy

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  • Chadford

    April 15, 2019

    I always see these at hotels lol

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  • DasPotato

    April 15, 2019

    We have popcorn exterior walls…

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  • Lonely_Potatos :3

    April 15, 2019

    I love popcorn ceilings, it reminds me of my grandparents old house

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  • Max Cruickshank

    April 15, 2019

    The video started with Pewdiepie ad so I was waiting for a meme review.
    Then I saw skip ad in the corner. R.I.P

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  • Pears Picker

    April 15, 2019

    In America you can punch true 1/3 of the walls cause it’s made out of drywall and wood. So don’t say this is extremely ugly.

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  • champagnecoloredeyes

    April 15, 2019

    Watching this staring up at my disgusting eyesore popcorn ceiling with sparkles in it

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  • Kie Shemya

    April 15, 2019

    Brooooooooo I'm in a hotel rn and that is the ceilings in here am I going to die ????????

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  • MCmudkip p

    April 15, 2019

    Fr tho. Why does it matter? Youre almost never looking at your ceiling in everyday life.

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  • the little big family

    April 15, 2019

    looks up at roof *ExTrEmE OOF MoMEnT*

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  • xo_vKyla

    April 15, 2019

    so for 12 years, THIS has been happening?

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  • BlueberryPolar

    April 15, 2019

    If they have asbestos I’m dead
    When I was younger I popped the little dot parts and scratched at the ceilings

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  • Ray Milligan

    April 15, 2019

    Rachel knows Donuts !

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  • CjcroftPlayz

    April 15, 2019

    I literally have a popcorn ceiling above me now

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  • Stupid Fall

    April 15, 2019

    I like popcorn ceilings as well, they absorb sound.

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  • Jenny

    April 15, 2019

    What i hated nost about popcorn ceilings and walls is how you cant clean them! Spiderwebs and dust gets caught all through them!

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  • Ricky the Demon Machine

    April 15, 2019

    Am I the only one who found the narrator obnoxious? Sounds like she should be narrating children's videos.

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  • Content

    April 15, 2019

    the problem is, they cannot be eaten

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  • Justin Fitzpatrick

    April 15, 2019

    putting the “danger” of popcorn ceilings then describing thatbtheyre just ugly is blatant click bait and worthy of many more dislikes

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  • Parabab

    April 15, 2019

    watching them scrape it off so smoothly with such ease is kinda satisfying

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  • Russian Bias

    April 15, 2019

    We had these in our old home and the home was so old the parts of the ceiling would fall off

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  • 1987 Vocaloid

    April 15, 2019

    I swear I’m the only the person who actually likes them, normally the flat ones look to bland. Also more of the buildings built semi-recently don’t have them. A bunch buildings built 30-20 years ago have them without asbestos. In all honestly, flat ceilings are boring as all hell, and for that being a place you’ll unintentionally see a lot, popcorn ceilings are a go to, as they provide sound proofing and better hide and accidental faults. And for about 50 years have been asbestos free

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