How To Tell if a Popcorn Ceiling has Asbestos?

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Before we discovered the dangers of asbestos, the deadly material was commonly used in both residential and commercial popcorn ceilings. Asbestos lurks in various building materials and does not necessarily pose a risk until it is disturbed, but it is always a good idea to find out if it contains asbestos anyways.

Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos was present in the material used to build most homes before the 1990’s. These ceilings can contain anywhere from 1 to 10 percent asbestos. Asbestos doesn’t cause serious health concerns if left completely intact, but because popcorn ceilings are made from very crumbly material, the slightest disturbance can easily release those dangerous toxins. 

Even minimal amounts of asbestos exposure is not considered safe. Breathing in this substance can cause serious concerns including, asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, all of which we should try to avoid.

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How to Identify Asbestos in my Ceiling?

Unfortunately, you can’t visually identify asbestos unless you have microscopic aid, but if your house was built before the 1990’s there is a strong possibility that you have asbestos in your ceiling. We recommend that you test for asbestos if your house was built before that time period, if your ceiling is fraying, or if you’re in the process of remodeling. 

Though you can mail in a sample yourself, you should get your ceiling professionally tested and have them collect the sample as well. Collecting the sample yourself can cause you harm as you may expose yourself to asbestos during the sample collecting process. If your asbestos test comes back positive, your next step would be finding the right time to remove your popcorn ceiling.

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What to do if my ceiling has Asbestos in it?

If asbestos is found in your home, there’s three main solutions: removal, encasement, or encapsulation. Popcorn ceiling removal involves scraping off the popcorn ceiling, literally. Encasement and encapsulation are different variations of containing or painting over the asbestos infected area. Whichever method you choose, each should be performed by a professional as choosing to do any on your own, puts you at risk for asbestos exposure. 

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Statewide

Statewide Hawaii offers you a more innovative solution to asbestos removal. Nuwall’s Stretch fabric and wallcoverings not only provide asbestos protection, but they are stylish and designed to your exact need and liking. 

They are mold and mildew resistant, so you won’t have to worry about harmful effects from those either! Apart from being durable, our stretch fabric is safe and breathable. Take the step towards safe and innovative remodeling or popcorn ceiling removal and contact us to get started today.

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.

Removing Popcorn Ceilings: DIY vs Stretch Fabric

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Are you getting tired of looking up at an old-fashioned popcorn ceiling? The textured popcorn ceiling look was all the rage of the 1970s and ’80s, however, the discovery of asbestos in the paint texture and the modernization of technology has allowed us to find a safer and more suitable solution in stretch fabrics. Before you decide to try out a stretch fabric you may be wondering if there’s a way to get rid of a popcorn ceiling yourself. Check out our tips and tricks below:

First, Test for Asbestos

Houses and buildings that were constructed before 1985 have the possibility of still containing asbestos. Asbestos is a heat resistant mineral that was found to have caused numerous cases of cancer and lung disease and should be removed immediately. Even with it being banned by the government in the late 1970s, asbestos could be commonly found in paint texture through the mid-1980s.

Before you try scraping anything yourself, you should collect a sample of the paint texture by taking a small amount from your ceiling and sending it to a lab for testing. If the test comes back positive, you should contact an asbestos professional to have it removed. If the test comes back negative, you’re free to scrape away!

DIY

If your asbestos lab results return negative and you decide to proceed with scraping away the popcorn ceiling yourself, then you can proceed with these steps:

  1. Remove all furniture from the room to avoid getting anything dirty.
  2. Cover your walls and floor with plastic sheeting.
  3. Mix a solution of water and dish soap in a spray bottle.
  4. Spray solution on every 5×5 sq. ft. of the ceiling.
  5. Allow the ceiling to soak in the solution for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Scrape.
  7. Repeat!

Stretch Fabric is Mess and Stress-Free

Scraping a popcorn ceiling by hand with a spray bottle is tedious, time-consuming, and very messy. If you are looking to skip all of that mess and stress, then Nuwalls Hawaii is the solution for you! 

Nuwalls Hawaii uses stretch fabric to encapsulate the old popcorn ceiling, which will level and smooth everything out to give it a clean appearance. Using a stretch fabric not only changes the visual aspect of your ceiling with its customizable shapes and designs, but it also expands its functionality by giving you better acoustics, safety features, and backlighting options. 

Nuwalls Hawaii Stretch Fabric

Nuwalls Hawaii is a proud exclusive provider of CLIPSO and NOVAWALL stretch fabrics, and they serve as the perfect way to add both a creative and functional element to any room. Schedule a consultation to get yours today!