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Hate Your Popcorn Ceiling? Try These Tips to Take It Down

Is the popcorn ceiling of your Plano home bringing you down? Want to get rid of the outdated and ugly popcorn texture, but dreading the mess and the upper arm workout removing it yourself requires? Here are seven tips from Chipman Contracting to help you take it down.

1. Before you begin, do a scrape test while the ceiling is dry. Does it easily come off? If not, spray the ceiling with water to dampen it and try again. If the popcorn texture still doesn't budge, you may need to purchase chemicals designed to dissolve the material. Performing the scrape test can help you figure out the best method to use.

2. Next, you need to check for asbestos if your ceiling was installed before 1980. Asbestos is a lung irritant known to cause lung cancer. If your home was built before 1980, you should reach out to the county health department and ask for asbestos testing. If you do have asbestos in your popcorn ceiling, you will want to contact a licensed asbestos removal contractor to remove the popcorn ceiling.

3. Get ready for a mess. We are warning you, removing a popcorn ceiling is a big and messy job. The best thing to do is remove everything from the room you will be working in and cover your wall and floors with plastic to catch debris.

4. Take down fixtures. Before you begin, we suggest taking down ceiling fans and light fixtures to make the job easier. If your fixtures cannot be removed, cover them with plastic and turn off power until your job is complete.

5. Spray to soften. Spray your ceiling with water and let it soak in for at least 15-20 minutes before you try to scrape it. Do not soak your ceiling because you could inadvertently cause damage to other ceiling components. If it is not softened and scrapable after 20 minutes, spray it again and wait about 10 more minutes before you try to scrape again.

6. Once the ceiling is wet and scrapable, you can start to remove the popcorn texture by working in small sections at a time using a wide putty knife or scraper. The reason for working in a small area is to prevent the area you just sprayed from drying before you can get to it.

7. When you're done with the scraping, clean up the ceiling with a damp cloth and assess if you have dings or other damage to fix and sand before painting.
Sound like a lot of work? That's because it is.

Let us do the work for you. Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082 for a quote for removal and refinishing.

2018: The Year of New Kitchen

Is 2018 the year you remodel the kitchen of your Frisco home? If you're ready to tackle a kitchen redo in the New Year, take a few steps before hammers start swinging to determine precisely what you want before demolition begins.

What Are Your Biggest Needs?

Do you want a bigger kitchen? Need more storage space? Want to maximize work areas? Just want to modernize your space? These are questions that will help you determine the size and scope of your project.

Writing down what you need and want in a new kitchen will help you translate your vision into your contractor's reality. Think about the layouts, features, and materials of the kitchens of your friends, neighbors, or even those found on Pinterest and print out or write down what appeals to you. Keep your notes and printouts in a binder to go over with your contractor.

It may be tempting to pick popular trends, but try to find timeless elements that will make your home attractive for resale. This includes colors, backsplash choices, and countertop materials.

Determine Your Budget

A good rule of thumb for how much you want to spend on your kitchen remodel is no more than 20 percent of your home's market value for the work itself. Add in 20 percent more for contingency expenses should problems arise during the remodel.

Hire a Qualified Contractor

Hiring a professional and well-qualified contractor takes you one step closer to the kitchen of your dreams. Look for licensing, ask for references, and make sure the companies you research are insured. You should ask for at least three estimates from qualified vendors to determine not only the best price but also the best value.

Are you looking for a trusted, well-qualified and professional contractor to make your kitchen remodeling dreams come true? Look no further than Chipman Contracting. Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082 for your consultation and estimate.

Choosing a Contractor

Are you looking for a trustworthy and professional contractor to handle your home remodel, repair, or renovation? Chipman Contracting offers you some tips to consider when finding someone responsible and reliable to work on your home. 

  1. Look for a license. When searching for a contractor or any other professional to work in your home, the first step you should take is to find out if they are licensed. Licensed professionals have met state and local requirements for education in their field of expertise, which gives you peace of mind that the work they will perform in your home will be high quality.
  2.  Check for insurance, while you’re at it. It is important to use contractors that have insurance. Most states and many municipalities require that contractors carry insurance. This will protect both you and your contractor if damage occurs. 
  3. Ask for references. Be sure to ask any potential provider for reference contacts, and be sure to follow up with those references to see if your contractor provided quality work and the customer was satisfied. 
  4. Ask around. When looking for a contractor, you should use someone you know you can trust. In many cases, your friends, family, and neighbors likely have a preferred professional in mind.  
  5. Check for ratings or complaints. Do your research and check reviews of the contractor on local business pages, sites like Angie’s List, or with the industries state professional licensing organizations. Also check with your local municipality for any information they may have about your provider.  
  6. Permit Pros. In some cases of remodeling, permits must be pulled. Responsible and knowledgeable professionals understand the permitting process and will handle those details accordingly. 

Are you looking for a reliable and trustworthy contractor? Look no further than Chipman Contracting. We are your first stop for full service remodeling and renovations, and would love to talk to you about how we can help update or renovate your home. Call us today at 972.841.5082.

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