Popcorn Ceiling Removal
Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Fequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I just scrape the texture off my ceiling?

Online it looks so easy, but anyone who has tried quickly finds that it is extremely difficult. Besides this, there are two other reasons why you wouldn’t want to scape vermiculite off your ceilings.

  1. Vermiculite is often there as a part of the building’s fire protection system.
  2. Particularly if your ceilings are made of concrete, the texture is hiding all sorts of imperfections that exist underneath. Often extensive work would be required to rectify these imperfections.
How long does resurfacing take?

For small units we can generally finish in 2 days, but larger ones will take 3-4 days.

A plasterer has quoted to trowel over the texture for me?

While troweling over vermiculite can at times achieve a reasonable finish, we are offering a complete resurfacing system. Our VermicuHIDE system provides a higher quality finish to your popcorn ceiling. When this system is applied, there is minimal excess weight and can help even out the highs and lows on your ceiling resulting in a premium finish. Applying our lightweight compounds at very high pressure also ensures that we get a perfect bond every time.

What about installing a false ceiling?

At times this is an option. Over the years we have installed countless false ceilings. If having downlights is a deal breaker than this would possibly be an option. But first consider the following.

  1. False ceilings reduce the ceiling height by 30-50mm. Building codes in Australia require a minimum floor to ceiling height of 2.4m. Anything less than this will render your home as noncompliant which may result in problems when you choose to sell or insure.
  2. The lower your ceiling the smaller the space feels. It is surprising how even lowering your ceiling by a few centimetres makes your home feel smaller.
  3. To install a dropped ceiling you need to get approval from your body corporate. Any structural alterations or attachments require this approval. As our Vermicuhide system is not structural, but rather a preparation of the existing ceiling for painting, it does not require body corporate approval. In the past, we have been ordered to stop work by body corporates while installing false ceilings but never while resurfacing a ceiling.
  4. Some feel that a false ceiling will reduce noise transfer, particularly if they use a sound rated plasterboard. Unfortunately, just installing a false ceiling with a sound rated board has minimal effect on sound transfer in multi-storey buildings. Sound board is only one part of creating a sound rated barrier. Most sound transfer in concrete buildings travels through the structure itself, requiring a full sound rated ceiling system to make any noticeable effect. This would be very expensive and reduce the ceiling height even further.
Do you guarantee your work?

Yes. In fact we have never had to return to repair a ceiling. As we apply our products at very high pressure, we get excellent adhesion. Once completed it results in an industry high Level 5 finish – the highest quality finish for a plastered ceiling.

Do I need to get approval from my body corp?

No. Any structural alterations or attachments require body corporate approval. As our unique Vermicuhide system is not structural, but rather a preparation of the existing ceiling for painting, it does not require body corporate approval. The body corporate is generally responsible for all matters relating to the structure and outside of a building. The owner of a unit is generally responsible for the paint and internal walls. At times it does get confusing. As an owner you are entitled to change the colour of your internal surfaces and do needed preparation for painting. Our VermicuHIDE system is simply preparing your existing ceiling for painting by techniques that all painters use – patching and sanding. No new structure is built or attached and the vermiculite is still on the ceiling – simply hidden through our trademarked resurfacing system.

Do you install cornices?

Yes. Installing cornice is generally included in most of our quotations. As the vermiculite texture often curves down onto the walls, it needs to be hidden. In some instances removing the texture could compromise the fire system of the building, so we simply hide it with plasterboard cornices giving you a modern fresh look.

Do I need to paint the ceiling once it has been resurfaced?

Yes. Our service is to resurface the ceiling texture. Once completed, painting can start straight away. The painting process is the same as any new plasterboard (Gyprock) ceiling. The ceiling will need to be dusted as per any new ceiling and then have a sealer/primer/undercoat applied, followed by a ceiling white.

How long after the ceiling is resurfaced can it be painted?

Painting can start as soon as we have finished. There is no cure or drying time required between resurfacing and painting.

Do I need to move my furniture out?

Yes. As we need to work several times over every square centimetre of your ceiling, furniture is a hazard for us while completing your ceiling. In addition, although we use dust extracting equipment and constantly clean as we work, it does produce a dusty environment until we finish and can perform a final clean. On a case-to-case basis, we can discuss leaving a few items like a fridge, mattress and small couch that can be covered and moved.

Will resurfacing my ceiling make my unit more sound proof?

No. Most sound transfer in concrete buildings travels through the structure itself, requiring a full sound rated ceiling system to make any noticeable effect. This would be very expensive and reduce the ceiling height even further. A resurfaced ceiling won’t add to noise. It will be similar to normal plastered ceilings.

Is it messy?

 

In short, yes. We do use dust extracting equipment and constantly clean as we work, but, the resurfacing process does produce a dusty environment until we finish and can perform a final clean.

At what point of my renovation is it best get the ceiling resurfaced?

A general rule when renovating is good to start at the top and work down. You will find it much easier to avoid damage to walls, floors, kitchens, etc. if you follow this rule. Although we can resurface ceilings that have finished walls and floors, it is better if you are planning a renovation to get your ceilings done right at the start.

Does the resurfacing work make a lot of noise?

Not particularly. We use vacuums and spray equipment. The noise that we make would, at worst, be comparable to using some of your kitchen appliances. The noisiest part of our work usually takes place in the middle of the day. We don’t normally have any complaints with regards to noise.

Do I need to take my lights and fans down?

Yes. In order to resurface under your lights and fans we need a licensed electrician to remove these prior to us starting our work. It would rarely take an electrician more than an hour to do this. Most of our clients choose to update their light fittings to something more modern at this time. We still require power (and water) to complete our work, so the electrician can simply put caps over the wires until the ceiling has been painted and you are ready to install your new lights.

Can my ceiling be resurfaced if it has already been painted?

Yes. The paint has put a hard shell over the texture, but it can be resurfaced using our VermicuHIDE system. The cost is the same as a non-painted ceiling.

Why not just paint the textured ceiling to freshen it up?

We regularly resurface ceilings that have already been painted. The paint just freshens up a bad look. Keep in mind, if you do choose to paint, that it can be extremely costly and time consuming as the vermiculite texture on the ceiling is very absorbent, and sucks litres of paint in. Some painters suggest needing up to 50 litres of paint per bedroom. Most painters despise painting vermiculite as it is very difficult to get a consistent non-patchy finish.

Can I put downlights in?

Generally not. If you are on the top floor and have a plaster ceiling, potentially you can, but you must seek appropriate advise about downlights that won’t compromise your ceiling’s fire rating. If your ceiling structure is concrete, installing downlights would be a difficult process. With the mainstreaming of LED’s, there are now many modern slimline alternatives to using downlights.

Can we hide a wire that runs across the ceiling?

Yes. Speak to your electrician about “chasing” the wire into the concrete. Once this has happened, we can hide the wire when resurfacing.

If we want to remove a wall, can you blend the textured ceiling areas with the non-textured concrete where the wall was removed?

Yes. We prepare this area first and blend it together as we resurface.

How do I get an asbestos test?

We can provide you with contact details of an independent laboratory that is approved to perform asbestos testing. The cost is generally minimal and gives you peace of mind. A small sample of the ceiling texture will be required to be sent to the lab for testing. Please contact us for more details.

What happens if the test result is positive for asbestos?

Generally we suggest other options for your ceiling. In some limited instances, at our discretion, we still can provide you with a resurfaced ceiling while not disturbing the asbestos fibres. We will discuss this with you if you have a positive test result.

When finished, does the ceiling still have a little bit of texture?

No. Your ceiling will be beautifully smooth with no texture variation like a standard plasterboard (Gyprock) ceiling. All those bumps will be hidden forever!

How much does it cost?

Generally the cost is similar to a false ceiling installation. Costs for false ceilings may vary, but generally you get what you pay for. Our finish is a premium Level 5 finish which is higher quality than a standard false ceiling. Normally to achieve this level of finish on a plasterboard (Gyprock) ceiling, you would need to spend thousands of dollars extra.

Are you licensed?

Yes. All of our teams have qualified and licensed tradesmen with decades of experience in the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional finish.

Do you resurface other textured ceilings like stucco or stipple?

Yes. We can resurface most textured surfaces. Our trademarked VermicuHIDE system takes advantage of the texture to hide imperfections on the surface below.

Do you repair textured ceilings keeping the texture?

No. Unfortunately, (or not) we are in the business of making texture disappear – not reappear! You’re best to try to find an “old school” painter/plasterer to attempt any repairs.

Why haven’t I heard of this before?

After decades in the industry, we saw a need developing to provide better options for people wanting to modernise their textured ceilings. Other alternatives all have drawbacks so we spent years trialling and developing the VermicuHIDE resurfacing system. Our system is unique and not the same as “skimming” ceilings. We have created an exclusive, premium way of upgrading textured ceilings!

Someone told me that it will fall off, is this true?

No. We apply our ultra lightweight/low shrinkage compounds at over 2000 psi. We add bonding agents as insurance. In the years we have been operating, we have NEVER had it fall off. Anyone who has tried to get it off knows how difficult it is to remove. The only exception to this is when there is water ingress from the concrete above (which would cause the texture to delaminate anyway) or if the original surface wasn’t prepared properly. In these cases, we normally deal with the issue as we apply our products. In the extremely rare occasion where delamination occurs, it becomes apparent after we have applied our first coat, which allows us to rectify it at that time. This is an extremely rare occurrence.

VermicuHIDE® - the premium choice!

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