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Textured Ceiling Removal

Textured Ceiling Removal

Textured Ceiling



People used to love textured ceilings for their character, but those days are behind us.

They were popular from the 1950’s through the 70’s, going out of style around the same time disco did. Over the years, people discovered they were costly to maintain and started removing them instead.

When these ceilings get damaged from leaks or when pieces simply fall off, replicating the original pattern is virtually impossible. You have to remove, cover, or re-texture the ceiling every time. If you look up at almost any textured ceiling in Chittenden County, you will likely see a spot where someone attempted to repair it. The signs are usually obvious and hardly attractive.

When damage occurs, most homeowners choose to get the texture permanently removed and the ceiling smoothed out. This allows for easier repairs and enables the homeowner to tackle future painting by themselves.

Types of Textured Ceilings

Our approach for removing texture will depend on the kind you have. There are two basic types:

Manually Applied

This is when a skilled tradesman applies drywall compound or plaster to the ceiling using tools like trowels, brushes and rollers to create a variety of patterns. Only one person can do the room since every tradesman’s technique varies.

If the texture is adhering to the ceiling, we can skim coat over it with a few applications of drywall mud, then sand and paint it. If the texture is falling from the ceiling, we need to scrape it off and skim coat the surface until smooth.

Another option is to apply a layer of drywall over the ceiling, tape the joints and then paint. The walls will need repainting as well, or we can install crown molding at the connection of the ceiling to the wall, giving it a classier look. Installing drywall also depends on having enough access to get materials into the room.


This application requires a machine that pumps the texture material onto the surface, creating a “popcorn ceiling” or we can flatten it out for a “knock down” effect.

Popcorn ceilings were by far the most popular application in Chittenden County. They hid imperfections in the drywall and deadened acoustical sound quite well, which made it an attractive option for homeowners at the time. Builders liked this application as well, since it was relatively inexpensive.

The downside of sprayed textures is you cannot clean or repaint them with a roller. They must be spray painted instead, which usually requires a professional painter. Sprayed textures typically do not bond well to the ceiling, so the best approach to remove them is by soaking and scraping them off, then skim coating prior to painting. Just as with manually applied textures, we can also add a layer of drywall over the surface, tape the joints and put on a couple of fresh coats of paint. If you take this route, we will have to repaint the walls or add crown molding in the space where the ceiling meets the wall.

Depending on when the spray textures were installed, they may contain white asbestos fibers, so removal requires sealing the room and containing the material. By applying water, we will stop the fibers from becoming airborne.

Most people consider popcorn ceilings “dated,” so if you are thinking of selling your home, you may want to remove the texture prior to putting the house on the market. Our team has completed many of these projects in Vermont homes. so if you want a ceiling that’s easier to maintain and fix, we will rid you of the unwanted texture and replace it with a fresh new look you will love.