Popcorn Ceiling


A spray-on or paint-on treatment for the upper interior surface of a room which has a rough curd-like texture and is used to hide imperfections, absorb sound, and reduce echoes.

Things you need to know

Formulations made before 1978 may contain white asbestos fibers.

Also known as

Cottage Cheese Ceiling, Stucco Ceiling, Acoustic Ceiling

Cost Considerations

If installation of the popcorn ceiling took place before 1978, a small section is tested for asbestos ($50 to $100). The average cost of removing popcorn ceiling from a 10’x10’ area is $100 to $300. Most professionals charge $1 to $3 per square foot (including the cost of materials) depending on the room size, quality/age of the popcorn ceiling, and whether or not there is paint and/or asbestos.

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