Everyone has seen the ceilings with tiny balls of texture peppered across the surface. They show up in homes, businesses, and just about everywhere.
That texture is what sets popcorn ceilings apart from other styles. Love it or hate it, there are reasons people return to it as they build, renovate, or update homes.
Below is a quick rundown of the major advantages and disadvantages of popcorn ceilings, so you’ll be better equipped to decide if it’s the right option for you.
The Pros of Popcorn
To kick things off, take a look at the advantages of popcorn ceilings. If there were no benefits, they would’ve long since fallen by the wayside. So why do they keep popping up?
It Hides Imperfections
This is the biggest and most notable benefit of popcorn ceilings. The rough, varying texture is fantastic at hiding imperfections. Whereas flat ceilings seem to show every bump, crack, and dent so clearly you might as well shine a flashlight on it, popcorn ceilings distract the eye and keep blemishes from being so obvious.
If you have seams on your ceiling, like the ones that run between sheetrock, getting a perfect finish is difficult. Popcorn ceiling saves you the time of going over and over the seam to get it exactly right, as mistakes aren’t as easy to see. Popcorn ceilings also hide evidence of old leaks, which is convenient if you’ve dealt with the water issue but still see remnants that it was there in the first place.
A popcorn ceiling is typically one of the most affordable ways to finish a ceiling. If you’re paying a contractor (and they’re charging by the hour), it’s a lot faster to apply popcorn texture than to go through and flawlessly mask every imperfection left behind after their work.
Painting is also quite expensive, especially if you’ll need to do it for every room’s ceiling in the house. That adds up quickly, so a popcorn ceiling is a less expensive alternative.
If you’re handling some DIY work in your home and don’t want to bring in outside help, it’s entirely possible to apply a popcorn ceiling texture on your own. There are sprays on the market that let you add texture with minimal work. There are also roll-on options available, and you can usually find them all at your local hardware or home improvement store.
The Cons of Popcorn
Popcorn ceilings are easy to apply, affordable, and they mask mistakes. That sounds like a good deal, but does it come with a catch? Here are some of the less appealing aspects of having a popcorn ceiling.
It’s Difficult to Repair
This is one of the biggest cons of popcorn ceilings. Because the texture is so varied and isn’t uniform, it’s difficult to match after repair jobs. If you need to remove a section of the ceiling, you’re stuck trying to match the pattern and texture when the new piece is in place. While one of the big appeals of a popcorn ceiling is that it hides imperfections, that goes out the window if the popcorn texture is the imperfection.
It’s Hard to Clean
Popcorn ceilings are rough and bumpy, so cleaning cloths and the usual tools get caught in the texture. That makes cleaning them even more of a chore, especially if you have popcorn ceilings in a room that needs a more thorough cleaning than swiping a duster over it or using a vacuum extension to clear out dust. They also tend to attract and catch dust more easily than flat ceilings.
It’s Not Modern
Popcorn ceilings are not on trend or particularly desirable, as far as home aesthetics are concerned. If you’re looking to sell your house or just want a space that impresses guests, popcorn ceilings may not do the job. Of course, some of that depends on individual tastes, and if you like the look of popcorn, it isn’t necessarily a con for you. However, popcorn ceilings are also hard to paint, meaning it’s difficult to update or change the look of a room.
When it comes to deciding whether popcorn ceilings are the right option for your home, it’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages. While popcorn ceilings have their benefits, such as hiding imperfections, affordability, and ease of application, they also come with some drawbacks.
Repairing popcorn ceilings can be challenging due to the difficulty of matching the texture, and cleaning them can be a cumbersome task.
Additionally, they may not be considered modern or desirable in terms of home aesthetics. It’s essential to consider your personal preferences and the overall vision for your home before making a decision.
At Master Plastering & Services Inc., we can assist you in exploring various ceiling options and provide expert guidance tailored to your needs. Contact us today to discuss your ceiling goals and create the perfect ambiance for your space.