Baby on the Way? Why You Must Remove That Popcorn Ceiling Now

Why You Need to Remove Popcorn Ceilings for Safety

Popcorn Ceilings May Contain Asbestos

In the year 2021, you might think that asbestos threats are a thing of the past. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Homes built prior to 1980 may still contain asbestos in various areas if they haven’t been properly remediated, and popcorn ceilings are a prime culprit when it comes to harboring this toxic mineral. While the presence of asbestos threatens individuals of all ages, it is particularly dangerous for children to be around. This is because a child’s respiratory system is still developing, and children breathe at a faster rate than adults, causing them to inhale more pollutants. Kids are also naturally curious and may ingest materials containing asbestos without their knowledge. Breathing in and/or ingesting asbestos dust can lead to serious health issues (including mesothelioma) up to 50 years from exposure, so complete avoidance is paramount.

Of course, your popcorn ceiling might not contain asbestos -- and if it does, it might not pose an immediate threat. If, however, the ceiling has been damaged or its interior is at all exposed, your Northern California home is certainly at risk. Regardless, properly removing your popcorn ceiling will provide you and your family with peace of mind. While interior house painting contractors can remove non-asbestos popcorn ceilings and, in some cases, paint/skim over them, an asbestos remediation expert must be called in to assess and properly remove your problematic ceiling.

Young Children Are Especially Vulnerable to Dust and Other Allergens

Asbestos isn’t the only concern related to popcorn ceilings. Less toxic but still harmful allergens such as dust can easily accumulate on these jagged ceiling surfaces, reducing the interior air quality. Just as children are more susceptible to developing health issues related to asbestos, they are also more vulnerable to these airborne allergens. While regular maintenance will help limit the amount of debris that builds up on your ceiling, the texture of popcorn ceilings makes them difficult to clean. Investing in popcorn ceiling removal will promote better air quality overall and make it much easier to maintain your ceilings.

Improve Your Interior Lighting

It’s hard to know whether your baby will care at all about your interior’s lighting, but a brighter space tends to improve everyone’s mood. The bumps and divots present in a popcorn ceiling cause light to bounce all over and create chaotic shadows in a given space. Conversely, a smooth, standard ceiling painted by professional painting contractors provides an even surface that gives you more control over your interior lighting. As such, you can cultivate a more soothing atmosphere for your new child and your entire family.

A New, Smooth Ceiling Is Timeless

Speaking of aesthetics, a brand new, well-painted ceiling is timeless and easy to maintain. Compare this with an outdated popcorn ceiling that can hardly be cleaned and deteriorates more easily over time. The winner is clear. If you want your baby to grow up in a more inviting and modern home, hire home interior painters to provide a fresh coat for your ceiling, after the popcorn material has been fully removed, of course.

Baby on the way or not, getting rid of that popcorn ceiling is a smart and important move to increase your home’s safety, appearance, and resale value. Popcorn ceiling removal and skim coating are some of our many specialties at Endure Painting. For more information regarding our skills and services, call us at (510) 458-2120 or send us an email at

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