How to Replace Old Acoustic Ceilings
by Barbara Jennings, CRS/CSS
While popular in past decades, acoustic ceilings have become less popular and tend to date a home. So you might think about replacing them with other types of
texturizing. Some of the reasons are that they are dirt traps, collect dust and other allergens and are plain impossible to clean. When they get dirty you have to
paint them; you can't clean them. They also tend to collect spider webs too.
If you replace your popcorn ceilings and retexture them, you'll enhance your home's appeal which increases its resale value too. It can be a cost-effective upgrade
for your home, especially if you live in an older home.
The average home can be completed in one day if you use an experienced professional. First they will enclose the room with plastic sheeting to protect your
furnishings. Then they wet the ceiling with diffusers and remove the popcorn. That great because you don't want a mess afterwards. If you try it yourself, you can do
it, but you may find it difficult to get an entirely smooth surface once the popcorn is removed.
Once removed, then the ceiling imperfections have to be fixed, it needs to be retextured and finally painted.
By choosing a modern texture, you will instantly update your home and give it a custom look instead of a "track home" look. That's kind of like decorating with
a custom look instead of a "Levitt's look".
You can also match the texture of your ceiling to your walls. This brings an attractive continuity throughout the home. With many different textures to choose from,
you can really customize your selection to suit your taste.
Try orange peel as an alternative to smooth finishes. It will add just a light texture, nothing heavy. Then there are the popular finishes such as Italian or
art deco. These types of finishes are smooth overall with random texture applied by hand. You can instruct your professional worker to add whatever amount of texture
you want as they can control it. "Skip trowel" is another finish that is ideal for camouflaging defects or wavy ceilings, which are often found in older homes.
Because the finish is applied by hand, it also gives your home that "one-of-a-kind" look.
Barbara Jennings, is a leading home staging and interior redesign trainer. Author of 9 books on decorating, she is one of America's leading experts on
how to start, manage and grow a home staging or interior redesign business.
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