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Remove Popcorn Ceilings and Flatten Stucco Ceilings

Flattening Popcorn Ceilings in Toronto – Found in homes throughout Toronto and York region, you have seen the bumpy or stippled surfaces known alternatively as popcorn ceilings or stucco ceilings. These ceilings were once quite popular, and were installed throughout homes right up until the late 80s, as governments realized how unhealthy the asbestos found within early stucco compounds could be to the people living in these houses. To be clear, at this point in time that’s unlikely to be your primary reason for flattening stucco ceilings. Chances are whatever popcorn ceiling is in your home is not harmful to your health, though it is likely doing a number on your interior decorating.

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Why You Should Flatten Popcorn Ceilings

One of the first renovation projects that new homeowners will undertake after moving into a place with stucco ceilings (AKA Popcorn Ceiling) is to have them removed. The reason for this is that flat ceilings have become the norm. Even if the popcorn ceiling is in fact in perfect condition, free of damage or dirt, they just can’t stand how it looks. This is a perfectly valid justification to get the job done, and we would even agree that flattened ceilings tend to look much cleaner as well as less busy.

Stucco ceilings, given their bumpy texture, will often attract a lot of dust. When you want to remove that dust they’re also more difficult to clean, as it will take more than simply drawing a cloth or duster across the surface. If you’ve had a leak on the floor above and the ceiling has been damaged by the water in any way, even after repairs, it will be difficult to ignore. When repairing a ceiling an area typically needs to be cut out, and even seasoned professionals can have a difficult time matching the patched stucco ceiling with its surroundings.

With a flat ceiling you have the option of installing pot lights, which are a distinctly modern choice for illuminating your home, and not likely to go out of style anytime soon. There are a number of different options for pot lights, and they can make the room look much brighter.

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Most of the homeowners prefer to have flattened ceilings. So, they call us to remove stucco or popcorn from the ceiling to make their house more contemporary. If you are amongst them, or even if you are thinking of selling your home, Call Us Today for more Information and a quick chat about the popcorn ceiling removal cost and process in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham, Thornhill, Vaughan, Aurora or Etobicoke!



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What You Should do with your popcorn ceilings – You live in a home with stucco ceilings (aka popcorn ceiling), and you have no idea what to do with them. There’s always the option of having them painted, but some part of you has always wanted to see what the place would look like with modern flat ceilings. Have you thought with yourself that ” I have to get my popcorn ceiling to flatten?”. While flattening your ceilings isn’t a must-have for modern homeowners, our end goal at Royal Home Painters is to give you the best options and consultation. If a flattened ceiling is all you’ve wanted for, then rest assured that we’re the one to help you. We can offer you our specific mess-free popcorn ceiling removal and ceiling flattening method.

The first thing you should know is that in spite of being very time and labour-intensive process, stucco ceiling flattening in Toronto is only as overwhelming as the contractors you’ve hired think it is. The truth is that experienced professional painters would never flinch at this kind of work. Popcorn ceiling flattening is just another day for those who have had years in the business.

The Effects of Popcorn Ceiling Removal

The most obvious outcome of removing popcorn ceiling is, and this should be no surprise, a flat ceiling! Besides, however, there are many perks! The first of which is that a flat ceiling will make your room look much bigger, opening up space and keeping it from feeling cramped and busy.
Stucco ceilings tend to trap a lot of dust and dirt. That will be more obvious when nobody has painted them in quite some time, which is a big contrast to flat ceilings. Additionally, all professional painting contractors in Toronto will charge you more for painting a popcorn ceiling compared to a flatten ceiling. Almost you can have your ceiling flattened by that difference you pay for painting). With the latter, any issues you might have on your stucco ceiling will be visible, meaning that you can address them as soon as they arise. There’s no need to pull out a chair and stand on top of it to see how your ceilings are doing; you should be able to spot what’s going on from anywhere in the room!

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Don’t Worry About Replacing Stucco Ceiling!

We’ve already mentioned how time and labour-intensive flattening your stucco ceilings can be. Therefore, it’s understandable that this may be a cause for concern. That being said, you have absolutely no reason to be worried. At Royal Home Painters Toronto we treat your home like ours, and you can expect us to cover every square inch of the room in plastic to avoid getting dust all over the place. We’ll never rush when working on your property since our goal is to get the job done right the first time around. To make it easier for you to understand the flattening ceilings process, please continue reading to learn how we remove popcorn ceiling and flatten your ceiling without making a mess:

The Process of Removing Stucco Ceilings

All projects that involve the ceiling instantly carry with them the added complication of protecting the rest of the room. Any dust or particles that are created by the job will fall not only on the person working on the stucco ceiling, but also on everything else. This means that goggles and a facemask are required for the contractor, and the room itself should either be completely emptied out or have its contents covered in plastic.

The actual process of flattening popcorn ceilings is a delicate one, as trying to go about it too quickly or roughly will damage the actual ceiling itself. We can’t count the number of times we’ve seen homeowners try to tackle this themselves, and then end up needing holes to be patched up, among other forms of damage. The project as a whole will also be more difficult if the stucco ceilings in your home have been painted.

The 5 Steps to remove stucco from the ceiling

  • 1) Prepping for Stucco Ceiling Removal Project

    Paint starts to peel when it’s been applied over very old paint or wet surfaces. Allowing dust and grime to accumulate on top of your ceiling painting project can also lead to peel. Trapping moisture underneath a coat of paint may also cause blistering as a result of the water trying to escape past the impermeable coat on top of it. Particularly, hot temperatures can create the same effect. So, first of all, we will prepare your home for flattening ceiling

  • 2) Remove the Popcorn/Stucco

    The process of removing stucco can be done with a scraper or a putty knife, though you may find other tools just as effective and already on-hand. There are also popcorn ceiling scraper vacuum you can buy from your hardware stores. You’re looking to scrape off the stucco without damaging the ceiling underneath it. Wear eye protection as well as a face mask so that you don’t have stucco and dust getting into your eyes and mouth.

    As with all other steps, remember to take breaks when you need to! Pushing through the fatigue can result in sloppy work, which will, in turn, mean that there’s more to do later on.

  • 3) Skim coat popcorn ceiling

    Application of Skim Coat is the most challenging part of the project for almost anyone. Skim coats of plaster will need to be applied to the ceiling, with the result being smooth, even finish. Keep in mind that the next step involves sanding, so the better this job is handled, the less work will be needed further along down the line.

    If you’ve ended up damaging the ceiling while scraping there may be some repairs needed. If they’re minor, they can be fixed with drywall tape, while more significant issues will require additional plaster.

  • 4) Sand the Plaster

    If you haven’t gotten eye protection and a face mask yet, then make sure to have it for this step! You will be sanding the entire the ceiling after skim coat, from wall to wall, with the goal of leaving it perfectly smooth. This step, in addition to Step 3, may need to be repeated a few times depending on the kind of shape the ceiling is.

    On average a popcorn ceiling will need to be skimmed and sanded twice. It’s recommended that you wait a day in between the coats of plaster to let it dry completely. Don’t rush through this process, either. You may have other things to do with your time, but anything worth doing is worth doing right the first time.

  • 5) Paint the Flat, Smooth Ceiling

    Use a latex primer and paint the whole ceiling. While it’s drying, you will be able to see if there are any imperfections in the work that you just completed. If you do spot anything merely repeat the previous steps as necessary. Once it’s dry apply one to two coats of latex paint; a white colour is traditional for ceilings. Please remember to allow each coat to dry as well before proceeding.

    As a final step, simply clean everything up. Thankfully much of this will involve rolling up plastic sheeting, and vacuuming anywhere that dust managed to get through.

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Finding a Popcorn Ceiling Removal Expert

Some of you didn’t need any convincing as far as why your stucco ceiling needs to go. The second you saw it you wanted it out of there, and we understand it. Once the decision has been made you then need to choose if you’re going to do it yourself, or have someone else handle the project. These days the internet has become such a valuable resource, and many homeowners have the ability to take the information they find online and follow directions to a tee. These do-it-yourselfers will probably be able to flatten their own stucco ceilings without any problems. (If they are not perfectionists)

For the average homeowner, however, this isn’t an option. Even if you wanted to try your hand at it, the truth is that not everyone has the time. Given that an entire room (and sometimes even an entire floor!) of your house is unusable, the longer the project continues the more inconvenience in your life. You need home renovation experts who have flattened stucco ceilings before, and who won’t bat an eye at a job that is a little bit too much for you. If you’d like to get a popcorn ceiling removal quote from us, it’s as easy as dialing (647) 492 3993 Or filling the form here. We’ll set you up with an appointment and move forward from there!

Now let’s talk about Popcorn Ceiling Removal Cost

Even though we’ve boiled down the process of removing stucco and popcorn ceilings and then flattening them and making a smooth ceiling to just five steps, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Flattening the ceiling is one of the most time and labour intensive projects that we do as a company.
At Royal Home Painters Toronto, as one of the top-rated popcorn ceiling removal companies in Toronto and the GTA, we would love to take this project off of your hands, helping to modernize your ceiling as well as your entire house. CALL us now or fill the form to get a free estimate for your ceiling flattening project!