Stucco ceiling removal Toronto

Removing stucco ceiling can increase the value of your home in Toronto ON

As much as people don’t like popcorn ceiling in their home in Toronto and the GTA, there are some positives to it. The textured ceiling works as a sound dampener and works as a concealer of any abnormalities in the ceiling. Due to it’s outdated look, it might be problematic and repel potential buyers as it does maintain this “outdated” stigma. Though not recommended, it is possible to remove this textured ceiling on your own and have something more modern and stylish installed to increase the property value and up your chances of selling it.

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ASBESTOS Removal in Toronto

Some concoctions of textured ceiling in the past, have used asbestos in them. These potentially hazardous ceilings are exactly that, “potentially hazardous” this is because if the material isn’t agitated, then there is no danger to people. However removing this material will aggravate and release dangerous asbestos into the air. Asbestos has been stopped from being used in this material since 1978, however whatever has been made up to that point with asbestos was given a pass to be used, and for that reason it can be found in installations after that date. Only if you are absolutely sure that your ceiling doesn’t have asbestos can you go ahead and try to do it yourself. But if you aren’t , it’s recommended to take a sample to a professional certified lab to get it tested. If it does come back as positive for asbestos, you have one of two options. Leave it alone, or hire an abatement professional to have it properly removed.


Though messy and tiring, to remove a popcorn ceiling that doesn’t have asbestos is a relatively easy process. You’ll have to take everything out of the room and drape drop cloths or tarps over the floors. For added dust protection, you can plug outlets with child safety plugs, ceiling fans and lighting fixtures can be wrapped with plastic. Dust masks and goggles are always recommended for protection. Moisten the textured ceiling with water using a spray bottle, continue to scrape of the popcorn with a drywall knife or something of the sort.  You can also go in with a power sander.

REPAIR THE CEILING After removing the stucco

The ceiling beneath will have to most likely need some repair after you have removed the popcorn ceiling. Seeing that sometimes its for that reason that people install popcorn ceiling in the first place, to mask the flaws. You hide holes, nails, screws and gouges using drywall compound and applied with a putty knife. You can then even down the ceiling with a sander after the the drywall compound has cured for that smooth finish you’ve been going for.

CEILING COVERING in toronto Ontario

A covering can then be decided upon once the popcorn ceiling has been removed and repairs. Paint is always an option, as it can bring a different feeling to the room using ceiling paint. If its selling the home you are looking to do, the next owner may or may not like the colour you picked, and that’s when the timeless white is probably your safe bet. You can re texture with a more modern approach to the design. Ultimately it’s to increase the value of your home so whatever makes sense for you economically to do is what you should go for.

You can do this dirty job on your own, however it really is a mess and we would suggest going with a professional, especially if asbestos is involved. In the end it will slightly increase the value of a home, however it has ore to do with perceived value which is ultimately what matters. There are countless situations where potential home buyers walk right out of the house once they see the popcorn ceiling. 

For more on removing stucco ceiling and repairing it along with costs involved in  Toronto and the GTA contact GTA Ceilings for a free no obligation estimate today !