The Popcorn Ceiling Solutions You Need to Know

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Builders in the past put all of their faith in popcorn ceilings and they remained all of the rage in both commercial and industrial properties until pretty recently. Little did they know then that homeowners today would be dealing with the consequences of exposure to the asbestos content in the ceiling. 

Dangers of Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings

Any popcorn ceiling installed before the 1980s may contain asbestos. Before trying to remove your popcorn textured ceiling, we highly recommend you contact your health department for sample testing. Even if the removal of this type of texture is for aesthetic purposes, if not removed correctly, asbestos fibers can spread throughout your home or building environment and cause serious health concerns. 

Drawbacks to Popcorn Ceilings

Even if asbestos is not your primary concern, there are a couple of disadvantages to these stucco ceilings and much of it revolves around the work required to keep ceilings clean. It is time consuming to repair the holes or cracks you may encounter when cleaning or just the ones that happen over time. Pressing or scraping too hard throughout this cleansing process, can cause more aesthetic damage than good.

Popcorn Ceiling Solutions:

Ceiling Scraping

Also known as stucco removal, scraping of the ceiling is usually done by a specialist and the cost is around $1 to $2 per square foot. Keep in mind that if the stucco has been painted over, the process could bring more complications. In many cases, the ceiling will require some smoothing over and patching to get a crisp final product.

Encasement

To encase a popcorn ceiling means you are covering the ceiling so it can not produce dust. The term is also known as abatement, which is done with new ceiling panels, a type of vinyl paint, or drywall. It is efficient in containing any asbestos infected debris in a specific or the whole area.

Encapsulation

To encapsulate a popcorn ceiling is to enclose it with a fire-rated architectural membrane without disturbing the surface of the ceiling containing asbestos. Encapsulation is considered a safer option because you are not directly disturbing the asbestos, therefore minimizing health risks. Though, if you ever decide to remodel or otherwise disrupt the ceiling at a later date, the asbestos will still need to be addressed.

Nuwalls Stretch Fabric

Asbestos removal methods can be dangerous, time consuming, and costly, so we personally recommend Nuwalls Stretch fabric ceilings to provide a safe, cost-effective, and modern solution. Our stretch fabric has a cross weave material that allows it to breathe which blocks any unwanted particles while letting air and moisture pass through. 

Stretch fabric is also mold and mildew resistant and is easily maintained and cleaned. Not only can you create your own durable design, but we offer a backlighting option with which you are able to set the tone for your space. One of our best features is that the lightweight acoustic material absorbs all noise pollution. 

Nuwalls is dedicated to building dreams with efficiency and integrity. If you find yourself in need of popcorn ceiling removal and remodeling, contact us for a consultation!

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How To Clean and Maintain Your Stretch Fabric

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One of the first questions you may ask yourself after having a stretch fabric ceiling or wall installed is, “How do I clean and maintain my stretch fabric?”

You’ll be happy to hear that stretch ceilings are fairly easy to clean. You can be successful at removing some fingerprints and general dust and dirt but some stains can be more stubborn. Greasy, oily dirt can penetrate deep into the texture of the fabric and it may take extra effort to remove.

Stretch fabric ceilings are installed as a finished product and require no additional touches. This means once the ceiling fabric is installed, it should be treated as a FINISHED surface. 

Stretch fabric ceiling manufacturers give us clear guidelines on how to take care of the ceilings. Their recommendation is simple: spot clean with a clean rag, soap, and water as needed. 

Followed by the caution: never use anything abrasive to clean stretch ceilings, especially if your ceiling has a printed design. Ink is durable and will not come off with normal spot cleaning, it’s important to not scrub the fabric.

In case of water leaks from above, PVC ceiling membranes can stretch and hold water. Fabric ceilings can also hold some water, but they will not stretch like PVC. So the water will continue to flow and find the lowest point until the water leak has stopped.

In many cases, simple water stains have been cleaned and no signs of water damage were visible. In case there was a lot of debris and rusty water, it may stain the material, and the material would have to be replaced.

Fortunately, stretch ceilings systems are interchangeable—old material can be gently pulled out from the track. The track can stay in place and be reused. Only the damaged ceiling material may have to be replaced, which would take no longer than a few hours and the ceiling looks brand new again.

Majority of the time, there’s very little maintenance associated with stretch fabric ceilings, and even when things do get dusty or spotted, cleaning your stretch fabric ceiling is generally no more of a hassle than any other kind of ceiling. If you ever have questions on how to care for your stretch ceiling, Nuwalls Hawaii is always here to offer a solution.

Is It Time to Remove Your Popcorn Ceiling?

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If you’re reading this, it’s most likely because you are tired of staring up at your popcorn ceilings and you’re debating the best way to go about getting it removed. Unfortunately, popcorn ceiling removal is a time consuming and messy process when not taken care of by a professional. 

The Costs of Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Typically, the removal of a 500 sq. ft. popcorn ceiling takes at least 20 hours. If you have a larger space to remove than that, you can expect it to take more than 20 hours, which will more than likely need to spread out over days or weeks.

If you try to DIY the project, you should be prepared for a learning curve. You’ll also have to buy all of the necessary materials, tools, supplies, remove the debris, and do the cleanup all by yourself.

The amount of time it takes to remove a popcorn ceiling doesn’t stop at the scraping either. Retexturing and repainting the ceiling is an entirely new project of it’s own. While the bulk of this project would be the popcorn ceiling removal process, there will still be a lot of work left to do before you will have finished ceilings.   

There’s A Faster Solution

What if we told you that there was a better and faster solution to popcorn ceiling removal?

While scraping is the traditional method for removing popcorn ceilings, a stretch ceiling system can quickly and easily cover your existing popcorn ceiling. An experienced stretch fabric installation crew like NuWalls Hawaii can set up a stretch fabric ceiling in a fraction of the time it would take to scrape it all off.

If your popcorn ceiling does contain asbestos or other hazardous materials, a stretch ceiling system can safely encapsulate your current ceilings, so it’ll be like the popcorn ceiling was never there. Because your old ceiling won’t have to come down, you won’t have to worry about any prep work like covering or moving furniture, or about the messy cleanup afterwards.

Is it time to remove your popcorn ceiling? Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Acoustic Stretch Fabric in Homes

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Soundproof Your Ceilings

Are you not the biggest fan of the acoustics throughout your home?

Stretch fabric ceilings have become increasingly popular in today’s residential market; however, one specific type has stood out among the others as a fan favorite, acoustic stretch ceilings.

Continuous background noise in our everyday lives can cause not only an annoyance but also potentially ear strain or worse and stretch fabric can be a simple acoustical solution.

What are Acoustic Stretch Ceilings?

Acoustic stretch ceilings are practically the same as the traditional stretch fabrics we’re used to seeing, but the materials are slightly different. Acoustic ceilings are different in that they are perforated throughout to allow for the perfect absorption of sound vibrations.

The perforations in acoustic stretch ceilings not only prevent sound waves from passing through them but also stop them in the tracks and keep them from spreading further.

Pros of Acoustic Stretch Ceilings in Homes

With acoustic stretch ceilings, you can take your room acoustics to the next level. The pros of acoustic stretch ceilings include their:

  • Modern appearance

Stretch fabrics can be digitally printed with any design you desire to match your home’s aesthetic.

  • Simplicity and quickness of installation

Stretch fabric can be professionally and seamlessly installed for you within the same day.

  • Ease of care

Stretch fabric ceilings are simple to clean. Simply take a rag and spot clean with soap and water as needed.

Things to Consider

The extent of your room’s acoustic stretch ceiling will depend on:

  • The thickness and type of fabric being used
  • The thickness and the material of the soundproofing or sound-absorbing fabric
  • The diameter of the holes in the perforated membrane
  • The distance between the perforations
  • The distance between the ceiling and the stretch fabric

Perhaps the most important aspect when considering an acoustic stretch ceiling is your acoustic objective. These ceilings can be useful in resisting both the penetration of external noise into the room (soundproofing) as well as reducing the acoustic pressure created by the sound waves inside the room (reducing indoor noise).

It is important to do your research before selecting an acoustic stretch ceiling. Visit our website to learn more about our services and how we can help you find the perfect stretch ceiling solution.